Aliens: Fireteam Elite will receive a free seasonal content update December 14 that will include new game modes, features, and loads of cosmetic options. Announced as Season 2: Point Defense, the release is part of an ongoing “Year 1 Road Map” that Cold Iron Studios is using to sustain the life of the game and respond to the requests of players. The update will feature the following:
- New game mode: Point Defense
- Lifetime stats feature
- New weapons
- New attachments
- New challenge cards
- A “multitude of new cosmetics”
Point Defense Game Mode and Other New Features
In previous Q&A sessions on the Aliens: Fireteam Elite Discord, developers said that “players who enjoy Horde mode will love [Point Defense].” Based upon the description in today’s press release, this looks to be true. The new game mode challenges players to work in teams of three to protect, repair, and hold three strategic areas as waves of Xenomorphs assault the positions. As with Horde Mode, players will be able to purchase consumables via Fabrication Points during the mission.
The official storyline for Point Defense is as follows:
“We’re seeing an increase in xeno activity at the LV-895 ruins. Swarms are drawn by three Engineer devices. When they activate, xenos attack them. We believe those Engineer “Objects” stabilize the ground beneath the ruins. The moon is now entering a period of geologic instability —if we don’t keep them running, the ruins will collapse.”– Cpl Savane
The lifetime stats feature is another change that fans have specifically been asking. The game relies heavily on replayability, and there’s currently no way to check specific stats or compare with friends. This is yet further evidence that Cold Iron Studios is trying hard to listen to fans and taking nothing for granted as a small studio.
Aliens: Fireteam Elite Coming to Xbox Game Pass
As part of today’s press release, Cold Iron Studios announced major news about Aliens: Fireteam Elite:
With this release on December 14th, AFE will also become available to all Xbox Game Pass subscribers on both Xbox and Windows 10. Cross play will also be available between all Xbox and PC players who install via the Microsoft Store.Aliens: Fireteam Elite Press Release
After reports that the game was all but dead, many fans demanded action from Cold Iron Studios to bring in more players and sustain the life of the game. While there is still no date set for cross play between PlayStation, Xbox, and Steam, allowing Xbox and PC gamers to play together via installation from the Microsoft Store is a step in the right direction. Putting the game for free on Game Pass will also bring in a substantial number of players.
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Source: Cold Iron Studios