Much has been made of 2K Marin's upcoming XCOM remake. Unlike Firaxis' XCOM: Enemy Unknown, 2K's was announced as a straight first-person shooter. The change was defended soon after E3 last year, but the majority of the news since has been about Firaxis' RTS version. Earlier this year we learned that XCOM would be delayed for a while, and now a new report has surfaced that may explain why. According to an anonymous tip, XCOM has shifted from a first-person shooter to a third-person one, has you commanding a team of agents, and would be downloadable. All of those are departures from 2K's previous stance, but again it is only a rumor for now.
The rumor comes from an apparent survey to judge interest in a third-person XCOM, and a downloadable one at that. A $30 price is mentioned for the PS3 and 360 versions, but curiously no PC version. It would not be the first time a PC version of a game has been canned, but we'll just have to see what happens. Remember, all of this is just a rumor until 2K Games or parent company Take-Two makes an official statement. XCOM: Enemy Unknown, the RTS, comes out next week, so at least fans of the franchise can still get their fix.