XCOM Website And Videos Pulled Amid Rebranding Speculation
2K has taken the website and videos for the much-delayed XCOM shooter offline, leading to speculation the game may have been rebranded.
As noted by DigitalTrends, the title’s official website now leads to a 404 error. While this could just be a technical glitch, it seems unlikely considering that previously released trailers have also been removed from 2K Games’ YouTube channel.
So what does this mean? Well, last month Kotaku reported that 2K had registered a number of domains for a title called “The Bureau”, alongside “whathappenedin62.com” and “whathappenedin62.net”. For those not in the know, the XCOM shooter was set in 1962.
What this means is that there’s a pretty good chance that XCOM has now been rebranded. While there were mutterings last September that the game had changed from a first-person shooter to a third-person one, as well as moved from a retail distribution model to a downloadable one, many others were afraid the game had been cancelled once and for all.
When we spoke to developers 2K Marin back in February, we were told the game was still in active development and targeted for release between April 2013 and March 2014, though no comment was given about the potential change in perspective.
Do you reckon the potential rebrand is a good thing? Could the game finally be about to see the light of day, or have you gone off it now it’s no longer affiliated with the XCOM franchise? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
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By Luke Karmali