Everything you need to know about PS4’s XCOM 2 expansion War of the Chosen, out 29th August

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Hi, I’m Garth DeAngelis, Lead Producer on XCOM 2. As a lifelong console gamer, I can’t wait to see XCOM 2: War of the Chosen arrive on 29th August.

While we’re waiting patiently for launch day, there’s still time to brush up on your XCOM 2 skills by taking back Earth, avoiding permanent death on the battlefield, and meeting different alien species that want to obliterate you. You’ll need to hone these skills because War of the Chosen will provide you with new challenges to dive into!

XCOM 2: War of the Chosen

You see, after we finished developing XCOM 2, the team sat down and came up with many, many new features to inject into XCOM 2: War of the Chosen. (Seriously. Many.) This is an expansion bursting at the seams, and you’ll feel it from the opening minutes you play.

War of the Chosen features an altered story that provides a twist on the original premise. You will be introduced to the titular Chosen, elite hunters selected by the Elders to terrorize you over the course of your campaign.

They’ll taunt, interrogate, and capture your heroes if you’re not careful, all while developing their own sinister strengths and weaknesses. You’ll need to adapt and deal with the Chosen to survive.

XCOM 2: War of the Chosen

To counter the Chosen, you’ll be introduced to three new playable classes: The Reapers, Skirmishers, and Templars – all with powerful and heroic abilities. Be sure to check out the Chosen and Faction Inside Looks here!

The Chosen and human Factions are just the tip of the iceberg. Two new ADVENT units, the Purifier and Priest, and a new alien, the Spectre, will be introduced into the enemy menagerie.

You’ll travel to new pockets of the world, like underground tunnels, xenoformed forests, and abandoned cities from the original XCOM: Enemy Unknown invasion.

Within these cities, you’ll encounter an additional enemy type, the Lost. These husks of humanity are a tactical game changer, as they mindlessly flock towards XCOM in huge waves. If you’re smart with your shots, you can leverage the new Headshot Chain mechanic to cut through them quickly or use tools to have them do your bidding, luring them away from you and towards ADVENT and alien alike.

XCOM 2: War of the Chosen

On top of that, we loved adding other awesome features, like Soldier Bonds so that some squadmates can work better together over time, the new Photobooth mode, which allows you to “posterize” your favourite squads and missions with unique filters, backgrounds and whatever text you choose to create your very own resistance propaganda.

There’s also a new Challenge Mode, to compete against the world in one-time missions so you can see how well you do against other XCOM 2: War of the Chosen players.

I’m not exaggerating, this game is fully loaded!

So gear up and remember these tips: Use explosives to destroy enemy cover, tier up weapons and armour before focusing on the Avatar Project, and low cover is no cover! Stay alive and good luck…

On 29th August, the real war begins.

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mad_monkey_king 12 July, 2017 @ 15:16

Have the 5 minute loading times and countless bugs and glitches been fixed yet? If so I will happily jump back in, do you need to start a new game to play this or can you continue with your old saves?


Sadly – I have the same feeling. I hope the especially the load times have been improved, I gave up on this great game because I have little patience…

Original XCOM 2 was an amazing game seriously hampered by technical and performance issues. If you want to sell this product to gamers who had experienced the sequel, please tell us you worked hard on the technical aspect of the game. So far it looks like you are going to release this a year after main game and in that year you didn’t manage to tackle the issues. Why would I trust you to pay full price day one?

Jeez I would love to see performance fixes for Xcom 2. It hurts me that such a great game works so bad on my PS4 :(

ste_the_legend 12 July, 2017 @ 16:13

So is this included in the season pass that a lot of people have paid for or do we have to pay extra? In which case how much?

ste_the_legend 13 July, 2017 @ 13:32

Thanks for the link. At that price they can forget it!

Everything i need to know is if you actually fixed this god damn sorry excuse of a game.

Have to agree with the above, constant crashes and 3 minute loading times ruined a fantastic game. Please tend to that so this product isn’t tainted by the same performance issues.

blacksheepwall_ 13 July, 2017 @ 12:51

Can’t justify buying this currently which is a shame as xcom is amazing game but runs poorly. Still barely played it while hoping for patches.

Bought valkyria chronicles the other day to scratch the itch. Better of sticking with that.

Awesome news and I have just pre-ordered.

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