Jake Solomon has just been onstage at the PC Gaming Show at this year's E3 to announce an expansion for XCOM 2. It's called War of the Chosen, and it features three new enemy factions and three new ally factions. Oh, and some people who are a bit like zombies. It sounds amazing.

The Chosen refers to the enemies, three champions from the alien army who will challenge players in different ways. The Assassin is duty-bound and honour-driven, focusing on stealth and close quarters. She can vanish from sight and attack with a blade, which sounds incredibly annoying - but in a good way, I think. The Hunter is a long-range sniper. Then there's a Warlock, "Which is, you know, a Warlock," according to Solomon.

Brilliantly, The Chosen evolve as players fight them again and again over the course of the campaign, getting stronger, picking up new abilities and even gaining procedural quirks. Meanwhile, there are three ally factions for the player to hunt down and win over: Reapers, who focus on stealth and sabotage, Skirmishers, who are half-alien hybrids, and Templars, who specialise in Psionic tricks that build power over multiple attacks.

There's also The Lost to contend with - mutated survivors from humanity's lost cities. These guys sound a bit like The Flood from Halo. They're weak when tackled one at a time, but they swarm relentlessly and are drawn to the sound of combat. Intriguingly, they attack aliens as readily as they'll attack players.

Solomon promised new enemies, soldier classes, environments and stories. He also said War of the Chosen is twice the size of the previous XCOM expansion, and hopefully he didn't just mean that it comes in a really large box.

It sounds ace, and it's out on the 29th August for PC, Xbox One and PS4.

Sometimes we include links to online retail stores. If you click on one and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. For more information, go here.

Jump to comments (16)

About the author

Christian Donlan

Christian Donlan

Features Editor

Christian Donlan is a features editor for Eurogamer. He is the author of The Unmapped Mind, published as The Inward Empire in the US.

More articles by Christian Donlan

Comments (16)

Comments for this article are now closed, but please feel free to continue chatting on the forum!

Hide low-scoring comments
Order
Threading

Related

EssentialXCOM 2 review

The wisdom of Solomon.

XCOM 2 guide

Build the best base, form an effective research plan and unlock new combat characters on console and PC.

XCOM 2 Ironman mode tips and tricks

Here's how to survive and thrive with just a single save.

XCOM 2 cheats

Console commands and .ini tweaks to take the sting out of the game.