War of the Chosen is set to be the largest expansion yet for XCOM 2, and will provide the player with three new factions to face off against, including an entirely new type of enemies with The Chosen.
First unveiled back at the PC Gaming Show at E3 2017, War of the Chosen employs a brand new enemy system, meaning that you could be seeing the same enemy multiple times, as they amass a new power each time you encounter them.
This page will act as a hub of knowledge in the run-up to the release of XCOM 2: War of the Chosen later this year, including the official release date and price, as well as any gameplay trailers that 2K release for the expansion.
XCOM 2: War of the Chosen Essential Information
- Release Date: August 29, 2017
- Price: TBC
- Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One
- Developer: Firaxis Games
- Publisher: 2K Games
- Genre: Strategy
XCOM 2: War of the Chosen Release Date and Price
As announced at the PC Gaming Show with the teaser trailer just below, XCOM 2: War of the Chosen will release worldwide for PC, PS4, and Xbox One on August 29, 2017. There’s no word just yet on how much the War of the Chosen will cost when it releases, and we’ve also got no previous expansion price point to go from, as this is the first DLC expansion to release for XCOM 2.
Given that War of the Chosen is the largest expansion that Firaxis Games has ever done, and that it is reportedly so large it was almost turned into XCOM 3, we should perhaps expect War of the Chosen to retail for around $40.
War of the Chosen New Characters, Enemies, and Abilities
In a slightly odd twist, it seems like War of the Chosen is pulling from the Nemesis System first seen in Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor, as enemies seen in the upcoming expansion can return to face you repeatedly, coming up with new abilities every time you fight them.
“[The Chosen were] designed to be the ultimate enemy of XCOM,” lead designer of the series Jake Solomon said. Soldiers in War of the Chosen will be able to form bonds with one another, and will then acquire what Solomon calls “quirks”, which can affect them if they become stressed or tired, in a move that seems to be influenced by some core mechanics from Darkest Dungeon.
There are three Alien heroes, all seen in the reveal trailer for War of the Chosen, who ally themselves with The Chosen. Outside of this however, there are three factions which oppose them, and all three are matched up against one another randomly at the start of every campaign in War of the Chosen.
Rather than being end-game content, War of the Chosen runs alongside the main campaign of XCOM 2, although Solomon recommends not tackling The Chosen until mid-late in the campaign. Not only does defeating The Chosen take them out of the mix, it also gives you access to some of their weaponry, which is said to be “incredibly powerful”.
XCOM 2: War of the Chosen will release for PC, PS4, and Xbox One on August 29, and until then we’ll be frequently updating this post with every brand new piece of information that releases for the expansion.