the bureau xcom declassified 01 500x281 The Bureau: XCOM Declassified coming to the X360, PS3, and PC internationally on August 23

Sick of missing a shot with “96% accuracy” in 2K and Firaxis Games’ critically-acclaimed strategy game, XCOM: Enemy Unknown? Wish you could just take aim and pull the damned trigger to blast the heads off those cursed aliens yourself?

Later this year, you will be able to. In The Bureau: XCOM Declassified, a tactical third-person shooter set in the XCOM universe, that’s slated to be released internationally on August 23 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC gaming platforms.

The Bureau: XCOM Declassified takes players back to the world of 1962, when John F. Kennedy was still president, and the on-going Cold War has got the entire US of A living in constant worry, not knowing when or if their peaceful lives might one day be engulfed in a wartime scenario due to communist activity.

But communism is not the only threat America faces. Unbeknownst to the public, a far deadlier threat has begun to invade the US, and only the few members of a top-secret government unit known as The Bureau knows about their existence – the world is not quite ready to learn the truth about extraterrestrials.

You’ll take the role of special agent William Carter, and lead a team of highly-trained, elite soldiers in this tactical shooter where, true to XCOM’s pedigree, you will need more than simple sharpshooting to take down the otherworldly threat.

“The Bureau tells the story of XCOM’s mysterious beginnings,” said Morgan Gray, creative director at The Bureau: XCOM Declassified developer 2K Marin (also the makers of BioShock 2).

“We’re expanding the universe with a declassified tale of government conspiracy and heroic cover-ups told through third-person tactical gameplay.

“The team has been working hard to leverage core XCOM elements like tactical decision-making and permanent death of squad mates in a purposeful way that makes this a unique tactical shooter,” Gray added.

“To that end, The Bureau will challenge players unlike any other third-person tactical shooter.”

For more information on The Bureau: XCOM Declassified, head over to the game’s official site here.