During an earnings call this afternoon, Take-Two confirmed that XCOM — that’s the first-person shooter XCOM, not the strategy game XCOM: Enemy Unknown — is still alive at their 2K Marin studio, and is still scheduled to launch during the company’s fiscal 2014. This puts the game’s release date sometime between April 1, 2013 and March 31, 2014.
The publisher didn’t provide any explanation as to why development is taking so long, but they did note that “2K Marin continues to make progress on XCOM“.
XCOM was originally announced with a March 6, 2012 release date but was later pushed back to the publisher’s fiscal year 2013 (between April 1, 2012 and March 31, 2013). Last May Take-Two delayed the game’s release window again, this time moving it to an undisclosed fiscal 2014 date. Considering today’s update does not contain another delay, but instead maintains that same rather large and vague release window, it does seem like some kind of “progress” on XCOM is being made over at 2K Marin.
The last time we really saw anything about XCOM was back at E3 2011. At that time the game was being developed for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC. We are assuming that this has not changed, which means that 2K Marin and Take-Two have a bit of a crunch ahead of them if they intend to launch the game before the next-generation consoles for Microsoft and Sony are (presumably) released later this year.
We keep an eye out for any word on XCOM‘s official release date and let you know as soon as Take-Two announces anything.
Now before you run off and start posting random conspiracy theories about why XCOM has not yet been released, just remember the lesson that we all learned from the recent delay of Grand Theft Auto V. Take-Two does not appreciate a good internet conspiracy theory, and they will put you in your place for even bringing one up.