A new trailer for The Bureau: XCOM Declassified shows off the robust nature of the game's "Battle Focus" system.
2K Games has released a new trailer for their upcoming sci-fi shooter The Bureau: XCOM Declassified which features an amazing in-depth look at just how robust the game’s “Battle Focus” system is.
On paper, Battle Focus sounds very similar to squad-commands from games like the Mass Effect series. By pulling up a radial-wheel menu, the player can order their A.I. teammates around the map and tell them to use specific powers, weapons, or other tactical options. However, this new trailer highlights just how fleshed out the Battle Focus system really is; featuring a harrowing four-minute battle against alien baddies in which the player doesn’t fire a single shot.
Using Battle Focus, the player can pause the game and move the camera away from their character, allowing them to precisely dictate where squadmates move and deploy their powers and highlighting specific enemy threats such as snipers for teammates to focus on. Battle Focus definitely looks like it was inspired by other top-down and RTS games (such as the original XCOM) with the added benefit of being able to snap back to the player’s character and get into the thick of the action any time they please.
If you like what you see in the trailer, make sure you pick up a copy of The Bureau: XCOM Declassified for yourself when it releases on August 20 for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC.