Get your first look at XCOM 2: War of the Chosen’s Templar super-psychics

XCOM 2 War of the Chosen Templars

As Commissioner Gordon once said, we use psionics, they use semi-automatic psionics. Something like that. The point being that XCOM 2: War of the Chosen brings a lot of new threats for the rebellion to handle – and things for you to use to stop them, too.

In the latest preview video, Firaxis show off the edgiest edgelords to ever face the alien threat – dual-wielding psychic ninjas by the name of Templars. They’re pretty rad.

Here’s what we know about XCOM 2: War of the Chosen and all its new, playful friends.

It’s the first deep dive we’ve had on their systems and appearance since the announcement at E3. I wasn’t expecting the helmets but, actually, I do quite like them.

As for how the Templars play, the focus of their systems is a whole different style of gameplay to what we normally see in XCOM. It gives a more direct reward for clearing an area quickly and efficiently. They seem especially good against the new insta-kill Lost zombies, letting them feed quite effectively.

War of the Chosen is due on August 29 and will include two more new human factions to go alongside the Templars, the elite alien Chosen, and much more besides. Here’s our recent playthrough of a mission with game director Jake Solomon: