If you haven’t already been burned by pre-ordering all sorts of high-profile games that turned out to be rubbish, you might be interested to know that pre-orders for The Bureau: XCOM Declassified are now open, complete with tiered rewards.
Both Steam and are currently offering roughly the same deal: buy The Bureau, get 10% off. On Greenmangaming that equates to around £29.28 (allowing for currency conversion), while on Steam it’s a slightly lower £26.99.
That’s not all, though, as the more people that pre-order, the more bonus goodies you get. The first reward tier, which has already been unlocked, will net you the game’s Codebreakers DLC mission – tasking you with finding out what happened to a facility set up to decode enemy transmissions which has just gone silent – for free.
The second reward tier will add a free copy of the rather good Spec Ops: The Line, and the third reward tier throws in the XCOM Ultimate Bundle, containing XCOM Enemy Unknown, the Elite Soldier Pack, the Slingshot Pack, and a bunch of classic X-COM titles (yes, that’s X-COM with a hyphen). Bizarrely, Greenmangaming’s classic pack only seems to include UFO Defense, Terror from the Deep, Apocalypse, and Enforcer, while Steam gives you all of those and Interceptor. Unsure if that’s a mistake or not.
Personally, I’d suggest waiting around to see if the game’s any good, but I will concede that the pack of other XCOM games is pretty good value if you don’t already have any of them, since it currently retails for £42.99 on Steam. That’ll only happen if enough people pre-order, though.
The Bureau: XCOM Declassified is out August 20th in the US, and 23rd of August in Europe. If you’re a Europe denizen, this likely means you can wait for reviews to pop up and still get in on this pre-order deal before the game is released in our territory.
Tim has been playing PC games for longer than he’s willing to admit. He’s written for a number of publications, but has been with PC Invasion – in all its various incarnations – for over a decade. When not writing about games, Tim can occasionally be found speedrunning terrible ones, making people angry in Dota 2, or playing something obscure and random. He’s also weirdly proud of his status as (probably) the Isle of Man’s only professional games journalist.