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Updated: Aliens: Fireteam Elite ‘Pathogen’ Expansion Announced!

After some recent hinting by Cold Iron about upcoming content for the co-op horde shooter Aliens: Fireteam Elite, the game’s first major expansion has been announced. The ‘Pathogen’ expansion will give us a new campaign, featuring three missions, and new enemy types.

This new chapter is unique from the first year roadmap of content which still has one more season release in its schedule. Check out the preview below that was shown off during IGN’s Summer of Gaming Stream!

Via IGN:

Pathogen will see Aliens: Fireteam Elite expanded with a brand new campaign containing three missions and new enemy types. The storyline sees the Endeavor’s crew visit LV-895 where they find that the planet’s xenomorphs have been infected and mutated into fearsome new forms. The trailer shows off several of these new aliens, which draw upon the grotesque white Neomorph designs from Alien Covenant.

To combat those new threats, Pathogen provides eight new weapons, 26 new weapon attachments, and a new perk for each class that modifies its main ability. You can also expect two new outfits for all seven class kits, six new head accessories, 21 new weapon colours, nine gun decals, and 10 new emotes.

Aliens: Fireteam Elite – Pathogen will launch as a paid-for expansion on August 30. Coming alongside the expansion will be a free update that adds a hardcore mode that provides an “extreme survival challenge”.

Some screenshots of the new chapter showing off some of the new enemies were also released with the announcement:

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The paid expansion will be landing on August 30th, and also includes a host of other content beyond the campaign. Players will receive eight new weapons, 26 new weapon attachments, and a new perks for each class affecting primary abilities. Also included are numerous outfits, decals, weapon skins, and emotes.

UPDATE:

As part of today’s announcement, IGN has released an interview with Cold Iron founder and CEO Craig Zinkievich. They discuss the upcoming Pathogen campaign that will continue the marines’ story, as well detail the free perma-death Hardcore mode coming to the game. The video features new footage of the expansion not shown in the trailer.

Zinkievich details a number of interesting points, such as the addition of a new weapons manufacturer that some fans may recognize from the comics and RPG: Alphatech Hardware Inc.

Crossplay has also been confirmed to be coming with Season 4 next month! Allowing friends on different consoles and PC to party up with each other.

The game’s composer Austin Wintory also mentioned all new music he’ll be delivering for the campaign.

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  1. Corporal Hicks
    The press release got sent out today. Nothing much extra, but here are the details of what else we're getting with Pathogen.

    QuoteSomething sinister has evolved in the wilds of planet LV-895 and not even Xenomorphs are safe from its ravages. The crew of the Endeavor must venture into uncharted lands and face terrifying new enemies if they hope to discover the source of this mysterious new threat. This expansion adds a new campaign to Aliens: Fireteam Elite which features three exclusive story missions where players will attempt to survive against never-before-seen enemies with an armory of new tools and cosmetics.

    The Pathogen Expansion features the following content:

        3 New Missions as a part of the Pathogen campaign

        8 New Weapons, 2 for each weapon type

        1 New Perk for each Class Kit that modifies the player's main ability

        26 New Weapon Attachments that modify stats and grant special traits

        2 New Outfits (for all 7 Class Kits) and 6 Head Accessories for Marine customization

        21 New Weapon Colors and 9 Decals for gun customization

        10 New Emotes for interacting within Fireteams

    And Hardcore is free for everyone, just drops at the same time as Pathogen.
  2. Corporal Hicks
    It's a reasonable reaction. I don't mind forking out for substantial content (assuming it's only like £5-10) but it is contrary to what has been said.


    Sounds like the new campaign may have more map/layout variety. It's something you get a little of in the first mission, but be interested to see how prominent it is in the Pathogen missions.

    Interesting to hear that Alphatech is being brought into it now. That's a deep-cup I like. I had to look that one up as I couldn't remember it from Dark Horse's Colonial Marines.

    Not sure I like the idea of the Alien mutated Neomorphs though. We've only really seen it in Fire and Stone, otherwise I don't think it's been a thing in other lore like Into Charybdis. Will have to see how it comes across.
  3. PAS Spinelli
    Quote from: acrediblesource on Jun 11, 2022, 09:30:36 PMSo how do you feel about it? I'm not understanding your perspective. You write in broken sentences and not following through with a stated opinion. I'd respect your opinion if there were one writen in that specific post. So before I get banned for arguing with Colonel Higgs here is my perspective :
    After year one of no DLC charges for new content (which was  either promised or illuded depending on your perspective), we will be getting a new business model. Regardless. I'm glad. I simply hope they can deliver on the trills and chills. I'm confident they will.
    I've made my opinion very clear, I'm dissapointed the Developers went back on their word, when the game was just called Aliens Fireteam they said ALL DLC would be cosmetic and that ALL content would be free, now that no longer applies.

    Proof:
    Steam Archive
  4. acrediblesource
    So how do you feel about it? I'm not understanding your perspective. You write in broken sentences and not following through with a stated opinion. I'd respect your opinion if there were one writen in that specific post. So before I get banned for arguing with Colonel Higgs here is my perspective :
    After year one of no DLC charges for new content (which was  either promised or illuded depending on your perspective), we will be getting a new business model. Regardless. I'm glad. I simply hope they can deliver on the trills and chills. I'm confident they will.
  5. PAS Spinelli

    Quote
    Quote from: PAS Spinelli on Jun 11, 2022, 07:53:58 AMThe problem with this being paid is that it shows the developers lied.
    https://media.discordapp.net/attachments/816573701213388850/985081425852248114/Screenshots_2022-06-10-19-51-05.png

    I think that might've been specifically about the Year 1 roadmap, and the question was in reference to lootboxes and MTX.

    https://i.imgur.com/9vuBWyA.jpg

    Some more interesting responses from them in the Discord I'll be looking through later.

    Nope, this was their first ever statement around DLC, nowhere does it mention year 1 or anything, just that nothing except cosmetics would be paid, they quietly changed it after they added Elite to the title to say that only the deluxe pass packs would be cosmetics, but that will never change the fact that their original statement was and always will be that there would be no paywalls.



    It's also worth noting that the Spiked user has been very unconstructive and unreasonable on this topic, trying to piss people off, putting words in their mouth and ignoring proper arguments
  6. RidgeTop
    Quote from: PAS Spinelli on Jun 11, 2022, 07:53:58 AMThe problem with this being paid is that it shows the developers lied.
    https://media.discordapp.net/attachments/816573701213388850/985081425852248114/Screenshots_2022-06-10-19-51-05.png

    I think that might've been specifically about the Year 1 roadmap, and the question was in reference to lootboxes and MTX.

    https://i.imgur.com/9vuBWyA.jpg

    Some more interesting responses from them in the Discord I'll be looking through later.
  7. razeak
    I'm going n favor of an actual expansion pack. That's DLC for your whippersnappers. Back when you got a decent chunk of content for a fair price. This isn't huge, but hopefully the price is in line. I'll play it with my son.
  8. Kimarhi
    Quote from: Kailem on Jun 10, 2022, 06:01:23 PM
    Quote from: Kimarhi on Jun 10, 2022, 05:46:06 PMSP expansions have almost always been paid content.  This even goes back to the old Primal Hunt days. 

    Yeah, but that's just it; that was the old days. Paid map content for multiplayer games hasn't been a thing since around 2015, because people realised that all it was doing was segregating the player base, and likely publishers and devs realised they weren't making as much money off the later releases because less and less people were sticking around and paying for every new map pack that came out.

    That's why we saw pretty much the entire industry switch to a "maps are free, cosmetics are paid" model round about 2016 or so, with "battle passes" becoming the new norm because they encouraged players to keep playing the game for longer periods of time if they wanted new rewards (many of which were free, but even the paid ones required player retention).

    And with more and more games switching to longer-term "live service"-type models, player retention is what it's all about these days. Paid single player DLC is still a thing sure, but it's actually a little jarring to see paid multiplayer maps for a game in 2022. Definitely not something I expected at all.

    Since I solo everything I forgot this was actually an mp game lol.  But you are right, the last two MP games I've played were Breakpoint and Division 2.  One of which had a ton of free content and the other that did not.

    Guess it'll be price vs content to determine if it is valued or not. 

  9. BlueMarsalis79
    Quote from: Kailem on Jun 10, 2022, 07:40:18 PMI like that they're expanding on the Neomorphs beyond what we saw in Covenant, especially in terms of what looks like a Neomorph hive with pod-like structures reminiscent of the things that the spores originally came from.

    Hopefully they'll include the "standard" Neos the same way they included pretty much all the "standard" types of Aliens along with the new variants, but I've got no problem with the inclusion of more variants themselves.

    100% Agreed.

    Quote from: PAS Spinelli on Jun 10, 2022, 07:48:15 PMIn the official Discord, Devs are trying to silence any criticism made by people unhappy with the DLC being paid, which is a completely valid reason to be unhappy seeing how the devs said post-launch content wouldn't be paid.

     Another thing to note, only 3 missions and 4-5 enemies is not worth more than 10 dollars here. The base game is 40 dollars and it includes 12 missions and 20ish enemies. I'm frankly disappointed that the devs failed to follow their own promises and are actively trying to silence criticism.

    I have no issue with it being paid, and genuinely think that it's okay, being that it's not part of the roadmap that all being said...

    I really hope it's more substantial than what we are seeing here, I paid twenty six pounds for the Deluxe Edition and I just don't think it's worth anything more, they can not charge half of that for a single campaign afterwards.

    Quote from: Kailem on Jun 10, 2022, 07:54:40 PM
    Quote from: Kradan on Jun 10, 2022, 07:49:28 PMSpeaking of spores, wouldn't Marines walking inside a hive created by Neos be instantly f**ked ? Because of, you know, all the spores in the air ? Or is it gonna be just ignored ?

    Heh, yeah I guess any character that goes in there without a mask is going to die a horrible death about one mission later.

    Especially with this nonsense.
  10. mike
    its nice that they added a new campaign thats going to have 3 new missions, are they going to add anymore campaigns in the future or is this the only one
  11. Kradan
    Speaking of spores, wouldn't Marines walking inside a hive created by Neos be instantly f**ked ? Because of, you know, all the spores in the air ? Or is it gonna be just ignored ?
  12. PAS Spinelli
     In the official Discord, Devs are trying to silence any criticism made by people unhappy with the DLC being paid, which is a completely valid reason to be unhappy seeing how the devs said post-launch content wouldn't be paid.

     Another thing to note, only 3 missions and 4-5 enemies is not worth more than 10 dollars here. The base game is 40 dollars and it includes 12 missions and 20ish enemies. I'm frankly disappointed that the devs failed to follow their own promises and are actively trying to silence criticism.
  13. Kailem
    I like that they're expanding on the Neomorphs beyond what we saw in Covenant, especially in terms of what looks like a Neomorph hive with pod-like structures reminiscent of the things that the spores originally came from.

    Hopefully they'll include the "standard" Neos the same way they included pretty much all the "standard" types of Aliens along with the new variants, but I've got no problem with the inclusion of more variants themselves.
  14. BlueMarsalis79
    Yeah that misses the mark frankly. I don't like the Alien being affected myself. Especially in the aforementioned. Even in Infiltrator it used a combination of radiation and the host being infected with the Pathogen to create that narrative idea. 
  15. judge death
    Is slightly worried and to me strange that xenomorphs can be affected by the pathogen, thought they wouldnt but I guess it will give the game more variety in enemy types.
  16. BlueMarsalis79
    Quote from: RidgeTop on Jun 10, 2022, 06:56:35 PMI certainly feel like I've gotten my money's worth already. Hoping it's not $20 though that would be a bit much. And hopefully the game mode in Season 4 is substantial. That's the thing, the meat of four seasons has been free, with a bunch of new weapons included. All of this has been free:

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/FPXGS1IWUAEtSwg?format=jpg&name=large

    At this point I don't think it's unreasonable to have a paid campaign chapter, but I totally understand folks not feeling as I do.

    More details on this from the Steam Page:

    https://cdn.akamai.steamstatic.com/steam/apps/1942650/extras/AFE_Pathogen_Banner_GIF_01.gif?t=1654876927

    https://cdn.akamai.steamstatic.com/steam/apps/1942650/extras/AFE_Pathogen_Banner_GIF_02.gif?t=1654876927

    "The Aliens: Fireteam Elite - Pathogen DLC has arrived! Continue the AFE story with new environments, maps, cosmetics and a campaign that puts the crew of the Endeavor into their most perilous mission yet.

    A mysterious pathogen has evolved in the wilds of planet LV-895 and not even Xenomorphs are safe from its ravages. The crew of the Endeavor must venture into uncharted lands and face terrifying new enemies if they hope to discover the source of this mysterious new threat.

    The mysterious pathogen is mutating Xenomorphs and local wildlife on planet LV-895. It's up to you and your fireteam to battle through a slew of mutated enemies and eliminate the source of the corruption.

    The Pathogen expansion brings all new environments, maps, weapons, and more to the AFE experience. Explore Engineer ruins around the mystery of the infection, delve deep into enemy hives, and avoid the deadly hazards around each corner. Do you have what it takes to survive?

    INCLUDED IN THIS EXPANSION
    The all new Pathogen campaign, complete with 3 new missions
    8 New Weapons, 2 for each weapon type
    1 New Perk for each Class Kit
    26 New Weapon Attachments
    2 New Outfits (for all 7 Class Kits)
    6 Head Accessories
    21 New Weapon Colors
    9 Decals
    10 New Emotes

    Note: Some of this content must be earned through the game and won't immediately be granted upon purchase."


    Liking the sound of all this.
    Not a fan of gorilla arms there though.
  17. Kailem
    Quote from: RidgeTop on Jun 10, 2022, 06:56:35 PMI certainly feel like I've gotten my money's worth already. Hoping it's not $20 though that would be a bit much. And hopefully the game mode in Season 4 is substantial. That's the thing, the meat of four seasons has been free, with a bunch of new weapons included. All of this has been free:

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/FPXGS1IWUAEtSwg?format=jpg&name=large

    A lot of that stuff though would have been an incredibly hard sell to charge for (loadouts, stats, weapon attachments, challenge cards etc.). And I'd honestly forgotten about point defence I've played it so little, but yeah I guess by that measure alone there's been a little bit more content over the past year than I remembered there being. :laugh:
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