XCOM 2: War of The Chosen Expands on Alien Resistance Today

New enemies, allies and features make their debut in the new expansion.

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XCOM 2 from Firaxis Games was a brilliant sequel to a fantastic remake of a classic tactical strategy game. Now, the developer has taken the game even further with today's release of XCOM 2: War of the Chosen, adding new enemies, allies and features to the popular game.

Revealed at E3 this year, War of the Chosen adds three new enemies to ADVENT, while Earth's resistance forces get three new factions, with a hero unit for each group. 

The new ADVENT units, called the Chosen, are:

  • The Hunter: Stalks its prey from across the map: tracking, wounding and disabling XCOM units at range.
  • The Warlock: Utilizes a variety of psionic abilities to sow destruction on the battlefield.
  • The Assassin: S stealth-based melee unit that prefers to fight at close range, preying upon XCOM units with her katana.

As for the new resistance groups and units:

  • The Reapers: Infiltration specialists and stealth marksmen living on the fringe of society. Reapers utilize a powerful weapon called the Vektor rifle, as well as a special Claymore explosive, a targetable incendiary device that, when placed and activated, does not cause the Reaper to break concealment.
  • The Skirmishers: Former ADVENT soldiers who have chosen to rebel against their masters. The Skirmisher is an offensive powerhouse, capable of dealing with threats running the gamut from up close to afar, armed with a grappling hook to help close distance and a wrist mounted Ripjack capable of piercing the enemy with deadly force.
  • The Templars: A reclusive, monastic group of soldiers that have dedicated themselves to pushing their minds and bodies with psionic energy to the brink of humanity, honing their psionic energy with religious fervor into powerful weapons.

The game also adds new aliens such as the Spectre and the Lost, new environments and mission objectives, new layers of strategy, a new challenge mode and greater customization options.

XCOM 2: War of the Chosen is out now Steam for PC for $39.99, and will be out on Xbox One and PS4 on September 12.

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From The Chatty

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    August 29, 2017 8:25 AM

    John Keefer posted a new article, XCOM 2: War of The Chosen Expands on Alien Resistance Today

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      August 29, 2017 5:35 PM

      After some steam key troubles I got in. So good, makes the hours disappear. So many additions and systems UNF

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        August 29, 2017 5:51 PM

        Any pro tips for bonding pairs? scout ranger/reaper and sniper of course but anything else? Close range ranger skirmisher pair?

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        August 30, 2017 12:48 AM

        This expansion made the game so gooooooood! Fucking love it

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          August 30, 2017 2:09 AM

          Going back in soon! Some mods are working already too!

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      August 29, 2017 6:30 PM

      Keef! Gonna miss you man. Thanks for the stories, and good luck to you, sir :`)

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      August 29, 2017 6:37 PM

      I posted this in another thread, but it really belongs here: There are a bunch of ST:TNG cast members voicing new characters in this expansion, which is beyond awesome! I noticed it with two characters you meet in the first "faction" mission, but it goes beyond just those two! I confirmed Marina Sirtis, Jonathon Frakes, and Michael Dorn already, and apparently John de Lancie and Denise Crosby also make appearances! XCOM: The Next Generation.

      https://www.reddit.com/r/Xcom/comments/6mv0ak/war_of_the_chosen_voice_actors/dk4xm87/

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        August 29, 2017 6:54 PM

        Yup really cool to hear them, no Patrick Stewart though lol, probably way too expensive

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          August 29, 2017 9:23 PM

          Maybe, though it surprises me a bit to be honest given the amount of voice acting he does these days. Everything from American Dad to that ridiculous Emoji movie.

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            August 29, 2017 9:34 PM

            Those are big Hollywood productions though, I assume they have more money

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      August 29, 2017 10:09 PM

      Can anyone comment on the PS4 version? Is it stable?

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      August 30, 2017 1:35 AM

      If I haven't played through Xcom2 yet - does this expansion add stuff into the main game, or is it something you're meant to play after you've finished Xcom2?

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        August 30, 2017 1:51 AM

        It alters the main campaign of XCOM 2, both in terms of story and mechanics. There are missions and videos that are the old ones, but new stuff has been added in such volumes that I wasn't bored as I played the first 4 hours or so yesterday.

        Seems pretty great to me so far, but I'm guessing I've yet to see most of the new stuff. This because so many reviews have said that if you haven't finished XCOM2, you might have trouble absorbing all the mechanics in the expansion. I've had to such trouble so far, things have been fairly straightforward.

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          August 30, 2017 2:19 AM

          Interesting. I haven't played the game in a year, didn't come anywhere close to finishing it, but its really great. Would it be better to start over with the DLC with all the changes that have been made? What little I've heard (Fire Emblem style pairs, etc) sounds cool.

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            August 30, 2017 2:33 AM

            I think "alters" doesn't even encompass the breadth of changes they introduced via the expansion.

            They've infused the campaign with new mission templates and new gameplay systems in such a way that the amount of variety from mission to mission is almost aggressive in its variety. And then there are all the new wrinkles they added to the strategic layer. I think that amount of variety works very favorably towards XCom. Firaxis is really masterful at that kind of horizontal expansion and vertical integration that manages to mesh everything together.

            You could also try Enemy Within (the Expansion to Enemy Unknown), which is still great and similarly heightened.

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              August 30, 2017 2:44 AM

              I like Xcom 2 more, think I'm more interested in this DLC

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        August 30, 2017 2:10 AM

        Enhances the existing campaign

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      October 17, 2017 9:39 PM

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