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XCOM: Enemy Within was too big to be DLC

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I think it’s pretty safe to say that people are psyched for the next chapter in XCOM. A new trailer yesterday showed off some of the new agents you’ll be fielding, from war machines to mutants, and Enemy Within is looking pretty massive. So massive in fact, that it could not just be released as mere DLC on console according to its developers.

Currently, Enemy Within will be released on PC in DLC form, but the only way to get the game on Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 is to buy the Commander Edition. That;s a retail version that re-releases the first game, several add-ons and Enemy Within.

According to Fireaxis Games senior producer Garth DeAngelis, that’s because the new game is just way too big for DLC. "For the expansion on the PC, it was fairly straightforward," DeAngelis said to Joystiq.

But when it came to the consoles, it was too big. If we wanted to deliver the same content to the console players, we had to do it this way as a standalone expansion on a disc. We couldn’t simply just patch it in.

And because of all the changes that Enemy Within brings to XCOM, such as skills, upgrades and units, this was something that Fireaxis had no choice in doing because of technical limitations on console.

These things are tied deeply into Enemy Unknown so we wanted to release [the Commander’s Edition] as sort of the ultimate edition, with all the previous DLC on this one disc. It was either deliver it this way or not deliver it at all.

I can understand why Fireaxis has taken this path. On PC, you’ve got the luxury of installing games, with the architecture of that system being far friendlier to DLC that rewrites gameplay mechanics. On console? Not so much. Most folks still play straight from the disc, and even if you do back the game up on a hard drive, it’s not in the same might manner that PC gamers are accustomed to.

Last Updated: September 3, 2013


  1. Master Race!


    • Admiral Chief Assassin o'Kings

      September 3, 2013 at 08:53



      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        September 3, 2013 at 08:56

        You’re rocking the Witcher 2 now? Very nice.

        SPOILER (sort of)

        In the tutorial level, once you’re over the wall & on the ground level, go left round the corner first, you’ll see a broken hay wagon, a figure dressed all in white & old Geralt makes a rather funny comment.


        • Admiral Chief Assassin o'Kings

          September 3, 2013 at 09:02

          Will keep my eye out for it. Tx. Hopefully will be able to install tonight, last night not so successful. Seems like the steam backup file was wonky, wanted to redownload 20GB. Ain’t nobody got time for that at home


  2. Admiral Chief Assassin o'Kings

    September 3, 2013 at 08:54

    This is the game that I am most looking forward to. Choo Choo Yessir I’m Aboard (CCYIA)


  3. Lardus-Respect the beard

    September 3, 2013 at 09:10

    I am soooo looking forward to this!


    • Admiral Chief Assassin o'Kings

      September 3, 2013 at 09:11

      Indeed good sir. The awesomeness of this is simply beyond words.


      • Lardus-Respect the beard

        September 3, 2013 at 09:15

        After Googling the awesome ION lady (NSFW but really really hot hehe), I checked the video from yesterday. I am even more excited to get a hands-on! With the game that is…and the ION of course


        • Admiral Chief Assassin o'Kings

          September 3, 2013 at 09:20

          When you say “hands on”, we all know what you really mean. But that’s cool, at least you don’t hide it, you are who you are.

          Sir Lardus of the Beard, the Googler of the ION, hailing from Hands-on-istan


          • Lardus-Respect the beard

            September 3, 2013 at 10:56

            The Magical land of Hands-on-istan 😛

          • Admiral Chief Assassin o'Kings

            September 3, 2013 at 10:57


  4. RinceThisandCochon!

    September 3, 2013 at 09:15

    How big does it have to be to need a new disk? Really? I’ve downloaded about 6 extra gigs for Borderlands, 6 gigs wouldn’t cut it as a download?! SAD PANDA!


    • jGLZA

      September 3, 2013 at 10:08

      But those 6gb weren’t for a single set of dlc. It’d take like a month for the ps3 to download it.


  5. Brady miaau

    September 3, 2013 at 11:13


    Hi. I have played 250 hours of Civ V and I see the name of company on each startup. Surely it is Firaxis?

    Or have I missed some massive pun, that should have me rolling on the floor?

    BUT, does this mean that I effectivley pay twice for the game now, because I play on console?



  6. Wyzak

    September 3, 2013 at 13:55

    Fireaxis! 😀


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