Compared to the other conferences, last night’s PC Gaming Show was a notably more high brow event. There weren’t dancers and stage effects, just cosy chats on the couch. One such chat with Firaxis’ Jake Solomon led to the revealing of XCOM 2’s first full-scale expansion pack, however. XCOM 2 - War of the Chosen is the largest slice of DLC yet for XCOM 2. War of the Chosen adds three additional factions - Reapers, Skirmishers and Templars, as well as a new enemy known as 'The Chosen'. New environments, enemy threats and mission adjectives will provide XCOM 2 with more varied long-term gameplay.

The Chosen are elite members of the alien occupying force on Earth, comprising three members - the stealth-focused Assassin, The Hunter sniper, and the Warlock, who, er, uses a bit of wizardry on the battlefield. Each of The Chosen will get stronger over the course of a campaign in War of the Chosen, learning new psionic skills and abilities that make them an ever more threatening force to face. That sounds like it should make XCOM 2 even harder, which is just what poor souls like me need after being decimated the first go around. 

 

XCOM 2 - War of the Chosen will be coming to PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on August 29th.