Following last month’s reveal of XCOM 2‘s War of the Chosen expansion during E3 2017, fans of the turn-based tactic title have been clamoring for any and all information about the forthcoming DLC that they can get their hands on. Thankfully, the developers at Firaxis Games have now released a brand new gameplay video that details one of the missions for what the company has called its largest add-on for the franchise yet.
As seen below in the gameplay video from Firaxis, XCOM 2‘s senior producer Garth DeAngelis explains that fans who play the War of the Chosen DLC will be tasked with uniting three opposing factions in order to reclaim the Earth from the expansion’s titular extraterrestrial antagonists, the Chosen. Two out of the three factions are spotlit in the footage, as it introduces players to the Reapers, who are called “masters of concealment,” and a group of former ADVENT soldiers named the Skirmishers.
Throughout this particular mission, XCOM 2 fans will be dealing primarily with the Lost, a zombie-like horde of enemies that’s obviously too nightmarish for the XCOM-inspired Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle. In order to successfully complete the mission, players will need to escort both the Reaper and Skirmisher leaders to a negotiating point. This should prove to be taxing, but not impossible, for with the Lost being a somewhat mindless baddie, they don’t incorporate cover or ranged attacks into their tactics, but fans will need to be wary while using explosives, as it attracts more of the zombies to their location.
In addition to the Lost, the latest trailer for XCOM 2‘s DLC also offers a look at another enemy called the Assassin, which happens to be one of the Chosen who are sent by the Elder to defeat XCOM. The Assassin in particular specializes in stealth and melee combat, but players should expect diverse engagements with the Chosen, as they have different strengths and weaknesses each time they’re encountered, forcing constant adaptation to their strategies.
All things considered, it looks as if XCOM 2 fans are set to experience a meaty hunk of gameplay with the War of the Chosen DLC, as the aforementioned mission is set to be one of many. After all, Firaxis has already proclaimed XCOM 2‘s War of the Chosen to be a piece of DLC so massive in scope that it almost became XCOM 3 instead of an expansion pack.
XCOM 2 is available now for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, with the War of the Chosen DLC set to launch on August 29, 2017.
Source: XCOM – YouTube