XCOM 2: War of the Chosen costs the same as the base game in the UK

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Pre-order pricing for XCOM 2's War of the Chosen expansion has appeared on the Steam store, and it's raised a few eyebrows among the game's fans.

Here's everything we know about XCOM 2: War of the Chosen so far.

As you can see, the UK version of the Store page lists both the original XCOM 2 and the War of the Chosen expansion at £34.99. The US version lists the base game at $59.99 and War of the Chosen at $39.99.

The odd discrepancy between UK and US pricing of the base game aside, $40 or £35 is a lot more than most gamers are used to seeing for an expansion. Before we reach for the pitchforks, however, we know that this particular expansion will be huge. Game director Jake Solomon has said it's so big that he considered calling it XCOM 3, and based on our own time with the game, we can attest that it's stuffed full of new features. The only reason Firaxis decided against annointing it a full sequel is that it doesn't add a new narrative, but expands the current one.

There's a discussion – thankfully a relatively calm one – on the game's Steam community, which makes many of these points. Some players feel the higher price is justified given the scale of the expansion, while those who say it's too much seem to be taking a reductive view of the game's content. One dismisses it as "a few new units and a handful of new missions," while Solomon says it's roughly twice as big as the Enemy Within expansion for XCOM: Enemy Unknown, which still retails at £19.99/$29.99.

XCOM 2 Templar

To talk nerdy at you for a moment, it's an interesting example of buyer uncertainty around the value proposition (which was basically the problem with the videogames market crash in the 1980s). We've been conditioned to think that an expansion offers a certain amount of content for a certain price, and though such expectations are hardly concrete, it's clear Firaxis think War of the Chosen goes well beyond them.

Do you believe them? If not, how could they convince you?

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KC(17 hours played)
4 Months ago

I love XCOM, but I'll be waiting on reviews and likely some kind of sale. In saying that though, I more than got my money's worth on the original (not really) XCOM (£3.74) so I wouldn't feel hard done by paying £35

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Rasenka(7 days played)
4 Months ago

To be honest I kinda trust Jake Solomon. Not Firaxis, not the game industry, but personally him. If he looks in my eyes (camera) and says that this is worth the price I blindly believe him.

He is the greatest guy. With Jeff Kaplan I guess.

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callumjsim(2 days 5 hours played)
4 Months ago

To be honest, it's the narrative that I'm worried about for that kind of pricing. At £35 I expect a full package or something that truly seems worth the price because realistically by this point many, if not most of us that have the game have already played through it at least once. So looking at it like that (regardless of how much it adds) is £35 the right price for a product that adds a twist onto what you already have?

It'll still probably sell, and if I'm honest once it drops in price a little I'll likely buy it but I will be walking away wondering what kind of road the company is going down in terms of their DLC (If it works once, why not keep selling at high prices). Which I think is something to be wary of nowadays when, and I may be wrong here, people are getting a little more wise to the idea that DLC policies have been a tad more than unfair of late.

Then again. It may shit gold and be amazing and feel like a bargain. Only time will tell I guess.

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4 Months ago

This is exactly the problem - it might feel like a bargain, or it might only be "a twist," as you put it, but we won't know for sure until we start playing. This kind of uncertainty is what reviews are for (not to toot the horn for our industry, or anything).

That said, Firaxis have been really forthcoming about all the content the expansion will add, and it does look huge. Here's hoping it turns out to be good value, even at £35.

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