XCOM: Enemy Within – Firaxis “couldn’t simply just patch it in” on consoles

Monday, 2nd September 2013 22:47 GMT By Brenna Hillier

If you want XCOM: Enemy Unknown’s upcoming expansion on PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360, you’re going to have to buy the game all over again; Firaxis has said it could not have released Enemy Within as an add-on.

Senior producer Garth DeAngelis told Joystiq that the Commander’s Edition re-release was the only way to bring Enemy Within to consoles.

“For the expansion on the PC, it was fairly straightforward. But when it came to the consoles, it was too big. If we wanted to deliver the same content to the console players, we had to do it this way as a standalone expansion on a disc. We couldn’t simply just patch it in,” he said.

The developer said that the multiple changes to the base XCOM: Enemy Unknown game, such as new unit types and skill trees, required a re-release.

“These things are tied deeply into Enemy Unknown so we wanted to release [the Commander's Edition] as sort of the ultimate edition, with all the previous DLC on this one disc. It was either deliver it this way or not deliver it at all,” he added.

XCOM: Enemy Within launches on November 12. It will cost $30 as an add-on for Mac and PC, but on PS3 and Xbox 360 will be released as part of the Commander’s Edition of XCOM: Enemy Unknown.



  1. Aullah

    Epic fail

    #1 1 year ago
  2. JimFear-666

    crapcom did it with dragon’s dogma and now firaxis… Is this the begining of a new trend?

    #2 1 year ago
  3. YoungZer0

    Then at least release it for a lower price tag.

    #3 1 year ago
  4. revsouly

    @3 agreed, release it at a lowered price and/or give me my money back for the first game.

    It has to be a work around, “too big” is not an excuse. Digital Battlefield was 18GB on PS+,…

    XCOM is available for digital download. How hard can it be to update?

    total failure….

    #4 1 year ago
  5. absolutezero

    Wait theres no way to just buy the expansion by itself?


    #5 1 year ago
  6. SonyaUliana

    @revsouly: Exactly, that’s on PS. AFAIK, Xbox 360 has a 2GB limit to downloads, so if Enemy Within is much larger than that it means they really can’t package it as a downloadable add-on. Consoles do have a lot of shenanigans behind-the-scenes that PC doesn’t.

    #6 1 year ago
  7. viralshag

    2GB limit to downloads? What about when you buy full games…

    #7 1 year ago
  8. Froseidon

    @7 – Full games aren’t limited if I am correct. I’m pretty sure Fable 3 was like 5gb we can download that. 2gb is a DLC limit I think.

    #8 1 year ago
  9. viralshag

    @8, Right ok. Looking back, that might be why ME3 DLC (Citadel I think) came in two parts.

    #9 1 year ago
  10. Froseidon

    @9 – That’s the exact reason. They gave the second part away for free so you only paid full for the first part.

    #10 1 year ago
  11. DSB

    Welcome back to 2005 guys!

    #11 1 year ago

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