PC gamers, the wait is over. XCOM 2: War of The Chosen deploys to PC today! The Xbox One and PS4 versions are also on the way, launching shortly on September 12. You can find links to purchase it here.
From what we’ve seen so far, though, critics are already taking up arms to join the fight.
Game Informer says XCOM 2: War of The Chosen (9.25/10; “The Pièce De Alien Résistance”) is “One of the most rewarding strategy games in years” and that it’s got “Nearly a game’s worth of new content.”
Rock Paper Shotgun (Recommended) declared it’s “The first time that an XCOM or X-COM game can be truly described as an epic.” Meanwhile IGN (8.8/10) loves how the game “Restores a fear of the unknown.”
For those of you who’ve been following along since we announced the XCOM 2 expansion in June, we hope that you enjoy it. It’s a whole new experience we’re layering on top of the game that had already racked up numerous Strategy Game of the Year awards in 2016.
If you’re not familiar with everything going into XCOM 2: War of the Chosen, let’s get a quick recap. Then dig into the links below for extra info and early strategy tips:
NEW FACTIONS & HERO CLASSES
Three additional factions have emerged to strengthen Earth's resistance – the Reapers, Skirmishers and Templars – each with its own unique abilities and contrasting philosophies. These factions provide powerful hero class soldiers to aid in missions and new opportunities for the strategy layer.
The Chosen are the most cunning enemies XCOM has ever faced, each with unique strengths and weaknesses that will be introduced with each new campaign. The Chosen are on the hunt for the Commander and will kidnap, interrogate, and kill XCOM’s soldiers to complete their objective. The Chosen can also invade the strategy layer and ravage XCOM’s global operations. Find and raid the Chosen’s strongholds to defeat the enemy for good. Are you ready to fight the Assassin, the Hunter and the Warlock?
There are several new enemies you will encounter. A deadly new alien known as the Spectre, capable of creating dark copies of XCOM soldiers, has snuck onto the battlefield. Adopt new tactics to counter it as well as the explosive attacks of the ADVENT Purifier and the psionically charged ADVENT Priest.
NEW ENVIRONMENTS AND MISSION OBJECTIVES
Engage in tactical missions across new environments from abandoned cities devastated by alien bioweapons during the original invasion, to underground tunnels and xenoformed wilderness regions. Also, beware the Lost that roam them.
ENHANCED STRATEGY LAYER
Manage XCOM’s relations with factions and counter The Chosen’s operations from the Avenger. Employ new Resistance Orders to prioritize your personal strategy. Soldiers, scientists, and engineers can now be deployed for Covert Actions that award supplies and boost faction favor if successfully completed.
GREATER CUSTOMIZATION & REPLAYABILITY
Soldiers can develop bonds with compatible teammates for new abilities and perks. The SITREP system dynamically adds new modifiers to the tactical layer to make sure every mission provides a unique challenge. Advanced campaign options allow for finer adjustments to game length and difficulty.
Utilize the perfect strategy in Challenge Mode. Get ready for daily, one-shot community challenges as you fight to earn the top spot on the global leaderboard.
SHARE THE RESISTANCE
Customize and pose your soldiers, then add filters, text and backgrounds to generate your own unique resistance posters that appear in-game and can be shared with friends. In the game, it’s called “Photo booth.” Right now, you can download the free XCOM 2: War of The Chosen Propaganda Center on Steam and try out that feature for yourself.
Thanks from the whole XCOM 2 team for your continued support in the fight against ADVENT. We look forward to hearing about your progress.
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