This video offers the first developer diary from XCOM the upcoming X-Com revival in a clip titled "What is XCOM?" They call this a "really beloved franchise" that 2K Marin – Canberra is looking to "reinvigorate...with a new entry that really adheres to the tenets of what made the original game so special," in spite of the change in genre from a turn-based tactics game to a first-person shooter. "Our telling of XCOM is an origin story. It's about experiencing the origins of this organization from a really zoomed in and boots-on-the-ground perspective," explains Jonathan Pelling, lead designer. "We really wanted you to feel like what it was like to be one of the squadies in the original game, and not the all-knowing, top-down commander."
So what about these tenets to which they are adhering? "We've taken a lot of the mythos that had previously been established, and sort of re-imagined it, or re-engineered it," says Morgan Gray, development director. "Like sort of the very small humble roots of the organization before it became this globe-spanning, globally funded anti-alien defense force." The diary goes on to offer more details about the game's alien invasion and the unusual nature of the organization combating it.
"We took the beloved franchise we totally dig and ditched the gameplay and story. This is now Bioshock: Tiberium Dawn. Bonus: No longer will you have to save dirty brown people but can concentrate on the good Christian folks of Real America!"
Frankly the game doesn't look bad, but I fail to see why they felt the need to rape the corpse of the XCom franchise. This is worse than the clusterfuck that was the Uncharted movie before they sacked the asshole who came up with it.