Pavonis Interactive's final XCOM 2 mod is what fans have been expecting: Long War 2. More details on the free mod, developed in partnership with 2K Games and Firaxis, will be released in the coming weeks.

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Soon after we reported mod developer Long War Studios’ name change to Pavonis Interactive, the team has released its magnum opus: Long War 2. A comprehensive mod for Firaxis’ XCOM 2 that overhauls almost every single aspect of the game, from the tactical combat right up through to the strategy layer, Long War 2 aims to redefine entirely the type of experience XCOM 2 provides.

The mod was commissioned by Firaxis itself, and the developer has uploaded a one-hour playthrough of the mod (embedded above) as well as multiple explanatory videos (below) that give explanations as to how certain mechanics have changed, and what some of the major new features are.




Pavonis Interactive’s own summary gives more insight as to what’s new:

  • A much longer campaign, running for 100 to 120 missions on average
  • Infiltration mechanics that require you to send out multiple squads at once
  • Manage resistance Havens and have resistance members scrounge for supplies, gather intelligence or recruit more people to your cause
  • Nine soldier classes: Sharpshooter, Shinobi, Ranger, Assault, Gunner, Grenadier, Specialist, Technical and Psionic (plus Sparks for DLC owners), each with unique secondary weapons
  • Two new weapon tiers, lasers and coilguns
  • Dozens of new enemies and smarter battlefield AI
  • ADVENT strategic AI that tries to counter your moves

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Pavonis Interactive also advises players that Long War 2 will not work with any other mod, nor will it work on Mac or Linux. However, the studios previous mods – SMGPack, AlienPack, LeaderPack, Toolbox, PerkPack, and LaserPack – are already included in Long War 2.

For a mod designed to extend the playtime and depth of XCOM 2, it will take players a while to come around to just how successful the mod is. PC Gamer has spent some time with the mod, and offers its own impressions that are largely positive, saying that Long War 2 “forces you to break out of your habits and re-engage with the game again at the most basic level”.

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Long War Studios Now Pavonis Interactive, Announces Long War 2

Long War Studios Now Pavonis Interactive, Announces Long War 2

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leodios262000
leodios262000

Where can I download the mod, other than steam?

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zilvinaspredkus
zilvinaspredkus

Sooooo where are the mod's files for downloading?

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Chaotic-Entropy
Chaotic-Entropy

This is brilliant, nice job.

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Ahrimansiah
Ahrimansiah

wow..... its an awesome news, im just worried what to do with all self edits i did to game...
wonder if i can make them compatible with xcom2 once its out or i have to scrap it all

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***Geroj***
***Geroj***

Glorious, firaxis xcom is easy tbs for causals, long war was only reason that I bought that game

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daniell411
daniell411

OMG this is awesome, I would love if they could also add the mechanic to build one weapon and armor at a time and not make an entire game breaking update to the entire squad to get access to these weapons and armor just suddenly and instantly. That a feature that HAS to be added to the game and turned on or off depending on the individual players preferences.

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GhostHound
GhostHound

Awe shiiiiet, it's time to get it on.

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