Watch: XCOM 2 War of the Chosen: Inside Look at The Skirmisher

Learn all about The Skirmishers – a new faction coming to XCOM 2: War of the Chosen.

Firaxis have, as it turns out, been releasing very regular first look videos introducing the various groups of new enemies, factions, and concepts being introduced to the game in the upcoming War of the Chosen expansion. The Skirmisher is one of those new factions, and doubles as a new unit class as well.

The Skirmishers are former Advent soldiers who are build as high-impact frontline units. Their weapon is built around short-to-mid range combat, although they also have a grapplehook which doubles as both a melee, and a medium-ranged taser-like weapon. Later abilities for the class include the ability to gain a move every time they see an enemy take a move (so – they are perfect at protecting from large flanking groups), while another allows them to return fire anytime they are shot at.

The faction is one of three potential allies coming to the game in the upcoming expansion, although thus far it appears you’ll be made to chose between which you’ll be recruiting – The Reapers are deadly stealth Marksmen, and The Templars are Psionic warriors. Although we’ll be sure to keep you informed as more information becomes available.

You can find out all about the three new factions, the three special, chosen enemies, and the new enemy factions ‘The Lost’ in our E3 XCOM roundup. Firaxis have previously released a first look at one of The Chosen, The Assassin, which you can view here.

War of the Chosen is the first major overhaul expansion for XCOM 2, with previous releases including missions, new enemies, new weapons, or new tech. The expansion still requires XCOM 2 in order to run, in the least because the additional War of the Chosen content runs parallel to the story of the main game.

War of the Chosen releases on August 29th for PC, Xbox One & PS4.

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