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The Bureau Producers Talk Origins, Game Mechanics in New Behind-the-Scenes Video

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Posted on July 18, 2013 AT 02:27pm

A new behind-the-scenes video for The Bureau: XCOM Declassified explores the game’s evolution from first-person shooter to third-person tactical shooter and other aspects of its gameplay mechanics.

In the video (embedded below), 2K Marin executive producer Alyssa Finley and 2K senior producer Nico Bihary discuss The Bureau‘s setting and location, the origins of Battle Focus, the impact of permadeath, and how the game demands skill and planning from players.

“Over the course of development, we started in first-person, and then we kept iterating towards trying to make sure that the parts of the game that were working were working better and better, and the parts that weren’t working we were willing to change,” Finley says in the video. “It was really a journey from that first-person view of the game that we showed in 2010 to the first third-person hybrid that we showed in 2011, where you can see the beginnings of what we call Battle Focus now.”

For more on The Bureau, check out Josh’s latest preview of the upcoming retro-themed tactical sci-fi shooter.

The Bureau: XCOM Declassified launches on PC, PS3, and Xbox 360 August 20 in North America, August 23 in Europe.

Chris Holzworth, News Editor
Chris Holzworth has wanted to write about games all his life. He first cut his teeth writing for enthusiast sites such as RPGFan, and after writing for just about every other enthusiast website he could came across, wound up as EGM's east coast news correspondent (read: editorial intern, a fancy phrase for "slave") before relocating to LA to serve as news editor. [Meet the rest of the crew]

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