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XCOM: Enemy Within invades consoles and PC on November 12

Wednesday, 21st August 2013 09:37 GMT By Dave Owen

Full details on XCOM: Enemy Within, the expansion to 2012′s Enemy Within, have finally emerged. Firaxis Games will be bringing the new content to PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Windows PC. It will provide new maps, multiplayer content, and an interesting new mechanic.

In an interview with Polygon, lead designer Ananda Gupta talks about the expansion is a logical progression from the original game. In Enemy Unknown you progressed by gradually incorporating alien tech into your own set-up.

“How could we take that even further?” says Gupta? And the answer was [that] we want to let players incorporate the alien technology into the very bodies of their soldiers. You know: enemy within.”

So now you’re not just asking your soldiers to go into battle and face death for you. Now you’re asking them to fill their bodies with alien genes. It isn’t just biological either. Enemy Within introduces the MEC suit, the Mechanized Exoskeletal Cybersuit. The new Mech Trooper class wears the suit and can be equipped with heavy weapons such as a grenade launcher or flamethrower.

Enemy Within also introduces a new resource known as ‘meld,’ which is what allows you to mix human and alien biology together. It’s a resource that can only be captured in battle.

Other new features include improved inventory management, offline squad management in multiplayer, and a host of new maps.

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  1. viralshag

    Awesome, can’t wait for this.

    #1 11 months ago
  2. VibraniumSpork

    Dang…why did I trade this in again?

    #2 11 months ago
  3. Fin

    Is it retail or DLC though? I couldn’t tell from the Polygon article.

    #3 11 months ago
  4. fihar

    @3
    Been wondering that as well.
    Hope it’s DLC.

    Love how they handled the inventory system this time around. I hate having to remove each and every equipment one by one.

    #4 11 months ago
  5. SplatteredHouse

    Reading the source article brings to light lots of promising features, coming in the new content, as well as media from the XCom XP!

    #5 11 months ago
  6. marijnlems

    “XCOM: Enemy Within, the expansion to 2012′s Enemy Within”…

    *Enemy Unknown

    #6 11 months ago
  7. darkshale

    @6 what you said. That said I want this where do I throw my money?

    #7 11 months ago
  8. SplatteredHouse

    Rockpaper shotgun reports that on console, Enemy Within will be a standalone title, in which case, on PC one assumes that it would be offered as DLC.
    http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2013/08/21/xcom-enemy-within-is-an-expansion-out-15th-november/

    Also (thanks comments thread, over there!) Rev3Games has posted a 15 minute interview with the developers about Enemy Within, featuring some gameplay footage: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GCSoqdOZ0-M&feature=youtu.be

    Update get!

    #8 11 months ago