2K Marin's in-progress XCOM game may now be a third-person shooter

The XCOM shooter currently in development at 2K Marin, scheduled to release sometime between April 2013 and March 2014, may have been reworked into a third-person shooter, suggested by allegedly new screenshots sent to Kotaku.

The game was announced at E3 2010 as a first-person shooter set in 1962, along with the possibility of it being a series' prequel title. The leaked screenshots, reportedly included in a recent 2K marketing survey, suggest that the game has been remapped as a third-person shooter in which players command of a squad of special agents.

The survey also reportedly only makes mention of PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of the title. Another question asks how players would feel if XCOM was a downloadable title for $30, rather than a $60 retail game.

XCOM has already seen multiple delays from its original 2011 release date. In November last year the game was rescheduled for March 2012, before being moved again to March 2013 and finally to its current 2013-2014 window.

"We have not made any new announcements regarding the XCOM title currently in development at 2K Marin, and it is our policy not to comment on rumors or speculation," a representative for 2K told Polygon.

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