Hello commander. It has come to the attention of the TechRaptor staff that Long War Studios, developer of the beloved total conversion mod for XCOM: Enemy Unknown known as The Long War are not only developing mods for the upcoming sequel to the fantastic XCOM reboot, but they have also teamed up with XCOM developers Firaxis Games to release these mods on XCOM 2‘s release date.
While it may not be a surprise that Long War Studios are now working with Firaxis after the incredibly high praise it received from XCOM: Enemy Unknown lead developer Jake Solomon, the fact that these mods will be releasing on launch day has certainly come as a surprise. Substantial mods releasing on day one is a rarity, but publisher and developer-backed day one mod releases are unheard of in this day and age.
However, this isn’t all Long War Studios has been doing. Not only are they continuing to update the original The Long War mod, the team is working on a brand new strategy game that will be coming to kickstarter in the future. No details of the upcoming XCOM 2 mods have been revealed yet, however mod tools will be discussed by Long War Studios’ design lead John Lumpkin as well as the XCOM 2 developers at the Firaxis Megapanel at PAX South on January 30th where some details may be teased.
That is all for now commander. And remember, we will be watching.
XCOM: Enemy Unknown is one of my favorite games of all time, and The Long War mod certainly improved the experience for me. The larger squad sizes, new weapons, and huge boost in difficulty made the game a lot more fun for an XCOM veteran to tackle. Needless to say, I am very excited to see what this partnership brings come February 5th.