War of the Chosen was almost XCOM 3
XCOM 2’s massively ambitious expansion, War of the Chosen, is the largest pack of DLC the game has ever received. To put it in perspective, it’s twice the size of XCOM: Enemy Within.
In a recent interview with Polygon, Jake Soloman said that the expansion was almost just XCOM 3.
“We definitely talked about that,” lead designer Jake Solomon told Polygon. “We have a lot of features that could have been the basis for a sequel, but for us a sequel also requires an entirely new narrative.”
“We’re very systems-oriented and so, for us, this is an opportunity to make a new experience, a new game,” Solomon added. “But we’re not going to totally replace the narrative.”
It was a smart move on the part of Firaxis to avoid making a completely new game. After all, a lack of narrative can be devastating.
War of the Chosen is due out on August 29, 2017.