2K Games and Firaxis have lifted the lid on what’s to be contained within the upcoming Alien Hunters DLC for XCOM 2, and it presents an incredibly interesting premise wherein you’re frequently bothered by dickish boss aliens who show up during missions wanting to wear your face as a scarf. That sounds like it’ll mix things up nicely.

Also, remember that one time I reviewed XCOM 2 and totally loved it and definitely didn’t talk about faces full of tears at any point? That was great.

Along with the expected assortment of new armour and new weapons, the DLC will also bring with it new, narrative-driven missions. The unique alien type that’s being introduced is called Rulers, and they’ll apparently show up randomly during campaign missions – although you’ll first have to complete a new set of narrative missions before they’ll start showing face in your game. Each Ruler has their own “unique behaviour and tactics”, with the Alien Hunters press release warning that they’ll be “incredibly intelligent”. If you don’t manage to off a particular Ruler upon their first appearance, they’ll continue to occasionally show up and hound you while you’re fighting through standard missions.


Once you eventually manage to bring down a Ruler and retrieve their corpse, you can use it to create exceptionally powerful new suits of armour like the Icarus Suit, which is covered in boosters that let your soldiers fly around the map. The DLC also introduces four special weapons. There are “the Bolt Caster, a high damage single-shot weapon; the Hunter’s Axe, a powerful new blade weapon that can be thrown at enemies or used to dispatch foes at close range; the ShadowKeeper pistol, which has the Shadowfall ability that is guaranteed to hit and will place its user in concealment if the enemy is killed; and the Frost Bomb grenade, which is able to temporarily freeze targets”. These one-of-a-kind weapons can only be accessed if successfully retrieved during missions and brought back to the Avenger’s armoury.

The Alien Hunters DLC lands on May 12th for $9.99 (around R150), but you can also get it as part of XCOM 2‘s Reinforcement Pack for $19.99 (around R300).

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