Creative Director Morgan Gray of 2K Marin's The Bureau: XCOM Declassified details the "6 Ts of XCOM" that they pursued to keep the third-person squad-based tactical shooter faithful to the XCOM universe.
The 6 Ts refer to Team, Tactics, Technology, Tools, Terror, and Tension. Gray attributes The Bureau acting out in real-time for ratcheting up the T for Tension. It releases next week on PC and console.
After a very shaky development, 2K Games is almost ready to blow the whole conspiracy on their XCOM shooter, which initially alarmed XCOM fans with it billed as a 'shooter'.
Thanks to XCOM: Enemy Unknown largely sating the appetite of the veteran XCOM fanbase, 2K Marin has been able to experiment with producing a more up close and personal XCOM experience with The Bureau. It releases on PC, Xbox 360 and PS3 August 20th in the US, 23rd in EU.