XCOM 2 Expansion 'War of the Chosen' announced, releases in August

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During The PC Gaming Show at E3 2017, Creative Director Jake Solomon from Firaxis Games revealed the upcoming expansion for XCOM 2. Titled "War of the Chosen", this DLC features and will be out August 29 for Windows PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Solomon siad on stage that War of the Chose is twice as large as any previous expansion for the game. A price has not been set.

We were quite positive in our original review of XCOM 2 last year, so we're certainly eager to see more of what the expansion has in store. You can find the Steam store page here. The announcement trailer, screenshots, and press release can be found below.

XCOM 2: War of the Chosen greatly expands upon the XCOM 2 campaign. ADVENT, in its bid to recapture the Commander, has deployed a deadly new enemy force called the “Chosen.”  To aid XCOM in its fight to liberate Earth, players will have access to three new resistance factions, each with their own Hero class.  The expansion also includes other new enemies, missions, environments and increased depth of strategic gameplay.

“Firaxis continues to redefine the award-winning XCOM franchise with XCOM 2: War of the Chosen,” said Matt Gorman, VP of Marketing at 2K. “XCOM 2 fans are going to love the all-new narrative and features, enhancing the XCOM experience and providing endless reasons to re-play through the campaign.”

 “We’re thrilled to offer our fans an unprecedented amount of cool new toys and features in XCOM 2: War of the Chosen, challenging and empowering players in exciting new ways never seen before in the franchise,” added Jake Solomon, creative director of XCOM 2 at Firaxis Games.

 Key features for XCOM 2: War of the Chosen include:

  • New Factions & Hero Classes: Three additional factions – the Reapers, Skirmishers and Templars – each with its own Hero class;
  • The Chosen: A deadly new enemy force that will kidnap, interrogate and kill XCOM’s soldiers. They can even invade the strategy layer and ravage XCOM’s global operations;
  • New Alien and Advent Threats: Adopt new tactics to counter a deadly new alien known as the Spectre, the explosive attacks of the ADVENT Purifier, and the psionically charged ADVENT Priest;
  • New Environments and Mission Objectives: Players can engage in wide-ranging tactical missions, from abandoned cities devastated by alien bioweapons during the original invasion, to underground tunnels and xenoformed wilderness regions;
  • Enhanced Strategy Layer: Manage relations with factions while countering enemy operations from the Avenger;
  • Greater Customization & Replayability: Soldiers cultivate bonds with compatible teammates for new abilities and perks, while the SITREP system dynamically adds new modifiers to the tactical layer to make sure every missions provides a unique challenge;
  • Challenge Mode: New regular community challenges that rank players on a global leaderboard.
XCOM 2: War of the Chosen screenshots
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