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XCOM: Enemy Unknown getting free DLC, arrives on Games on Demand

by William Schwartz

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Firaxis Games will be pushing a free update to XCOM: Enemy Unknown players on January 8th through a title update on all platforms. This second wave of content is intended to increase the replayability of the game, according to Jake Solomon of the developer, who explained their intent in releasing new content for free.

Solomon told IGN in a recent interview that the team at Firaxis want their fans to get the maximum return on investment in XCOM: Enemy Unknown, and issuing a free DLC is a simple way to go about doing just that. The update should be live on most platforms, and you can find the details below, courtesy of IGN.

The update doesn’t offer any new characters or missions to play. But it for those that have played the game, you can see that some of these tweaks will change the game immensely, giving more than enough reason to go back and try to save the world all over again.

XCOM also recently arrived on Xbox Live’s Games on Demand Marketplace. You can find the downloadable version in the storefront at a fully priced $59.99.

XCOM January Update Features

Damage Roulette: Weapons have a wider range of damage.

New Economy: Randomized council member funding.

Not Created Equally: Rookies will have random starting stats.

Hidden Potential: As a soldier is promoted, stats increase randomly.

Red Fog: Combat wounds will degrade the soldier’s mission stats.

Absolutely Critical: A flanking shot guarantees a critical hit.

The Greater Good: Psionics can only be learned from interrogating a psionic alien.

Marathon: The game takes considerably longer to complete.

Results Driven: A country offers less funding as its panic level increases.

High Stakes: Random rewards for stopping alien abductions.

Diminishing Returns: Increased cost of satellite construction.

More Than Human: The psionic gift is extremely rare.

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