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The Bureau: XCOM Declassified trailer shows enemies unknown (and a few Sectoids)

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Here's the new trailer for The Bureau: XCOM Declassified, showing even more of its surprisingly tactical looking third-person combat. In it, you'll see some enemies and abilities familiar from Firaxis' XCOM: Enemy Unknonwn reboot, integrated into a cover and squad management system that's almost Mass Effect-like in the way it lets teammates combine their skills.

The development time spent hidden away in 2K Marin's secret bunker has had an interesting effect on this franchise spin-off. That my biggest problem now is its unwieldy title (and my inability to reliably spell "Bureau"), suggests that what once seemed like another part of a then-tiresome campaign to turn every classic PC game into an FPS, now has the potential to be an enjoyable addition to XCOM's uneven legacy.

We'll see whether that's the case when the game is released on August 23rd. Until then, you can read Craig Owens' hands-on preview .

Phil Savage

Phil has been writing for PC Gamer for nearly a decade, starting out as a freelance writer covering everything from free games to MMOs. He eventually joined full-time as a news writer, before moving to the magazine to review immersive sims, RPGs and Hitman games. Now he leads PC Gamer's UK team, but still sometimes finds the time to write about his ongoing obsessions with Destiny 2, GTA Online and Apex Legends. When he's not levelling up battle passes, he's checking out the latest tactics game or dipping back into Guild Wars 2. He's largely responsible for the whole Tub Geralt thing, but still isn't sorry.