Speaking with MCV yesterday, 2K head honcho Christoph Hartmann explained the decision to reimagine the turn-based X-COM series as a first-person shooter -- a decision which many who grew up with the original games are still a bit uncomfortable with.
"The '90s generation of gamers all love X-COM and we own the IP, so we thought 'OK, what do we do with it?' Every studio we had wanted to do it and each one had its own spin on it. But the problem was that turn-based strategy games were no longer the hottest thing on planet Earth. But this is not just a commercial thing -- strategy games are just not contemporary."
Let's not forget, before we go any further, that 2K Games published both Civilization IV and V, both of which are turn-based strategy titles that have performed just fine in the contemporary market. But Hartmann hasn't quite finished explaining himself yet, as the conversation takes a rather surreal turn.
"I use the example of music artists. Look at someone old-school like Ray Charles. If he made music today, it would still be Ray Charles but he would probably do it more in the style of Kanye West. Bringing Ray Charles back is all fine and good, but it just needs to move on, although the core essence will still be the same. That's what we are trying to do. To renew X-COM but in line with what this generation of gamers want. The team behind it is asking themselves every day: 'is it true to the values of the franchise?' It's not a case of cashing in on the name. We just need to renew it because times are changing."
Reports that Civilization VI will be a gritty first-person action adventure are as yet unconfirmed.
This article originally appeared on GamePro.com as 2K Boss: 'Strategy Games are Just Not Contemporary'