XCOM To Focus On The Narrative

According to Jonathan Pelling of 2K Marin the firm's upcoming title XCOM will focus heavily on the game's story.

In an interview with RockPaperShotgun, Pelling states;
“We came to realise that our studio has a strength in its storytelling and narrative abilities."

“[Jordan Thomas] is a relatively recent addition to the project and he’s been an absolute treasure as far as the narrative is concerned in the game. What we really want to do with XCOM is tell the origin story.”
Pelling has stated that XCOM has always been geared towards the narrative but the studio finally realized that they had the potential to take the story so much more further.
“Our goal is to tell a really interesting story through the main thread, so there are a lot of really great set pieces to encounter along the way; but within that, there are grades, if you like,” he said.

“There’s a primary storytelling environment, and there’s other side-missions are not going to be as highly scripted in a narrative sense as the main missions themselves.”
XCOM is out in March 2012 for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC.