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Aliens: Fireteam Elite Adds New Free Horde Map and Winter Challenge Rewards!

Cold Iron Studios has just launched a new free update right in time for some holiday Xeno slaying. We finally have new horde mode map! ‘Ruptured Cistern’ is set in the bowels of the Katanga refinery. The update also features limited time challenges to unlock exclusive winter themed weapon skins and marine cosmetics. The new stage features three floors with objectives to complete, with the multi-story map adding verticality that hasn’t really been in Horde Mode before. A trailer for the new map just dropped this morning:

Added to the official Aliens: Fireteam Elite website is a walkthrough of the new update, as well as full patch notes for the Ruptured Cistern Update Below are the details of all the new additions in the update:

“Welcome to Aliens: Fireteam Elite – Ruptured Cistern! This past year has been an incredible journey facing off against some of the most fearsome foes in the galaxy. Fireteams had to battle back hordes of Xenomorphs, eliminate scores of pathogen enemies, and even went toe-to-toe with a Pathogen Queen and lived to tell the tale.

Now it’s time for a new adventure – one with limited time rewards that delves deep into a place our marines know all too well. Reports are that there’s a leak in Katanga’s cisterns and we need a Fireteam to clear out the Xenomorphs and help with the repairs.”

There’s reports of leaks in Katanga’s cisterns and you and your Fireteam need to clear out the Xenomorphs and help with the repairs. Listen closely to Herrera’s directions and stay frosty! New waves of enemies might require you to move your operations to different levels of the multi-story complex.

Ruptured Cistern features limited time rewards, so drop in with your Fireteam before they are gone!

As part of the release of Ruptured Cistern, we’ve added some limited time rewards that will only be available from now until January 17, 2023. These rewards will be replaced by permanent new rewards when the Limited Rewards Winter Event ends.

The following limited rewards are available for playing Ruptured Cistern before January 17, 2023:

-Winter Constellations (Complete Wave 10 on Extreme+)
-Deep Freeze (Complete Wave 10 on Intense+)

-Stay Frosty
-Xeno’s Greetings
-Let It Snow
-Holly Berries
-Antarctica Traffic Control

This update marks the first time that limited opportunity rewards have been offered in the game!

Be sure check out the full patch notes to see a number of bug fixes and balance tweaks.

 Aliens: Fireteam Elite Adds New Free Horde Map and Winter Challenge Rewards!
2023 is shaping up to be a big year for Aliens in the gaming space. Focus Entertainment is publishing their second Aliens game, Aliens: Dark Descent by developer Tindalos Interactive.

We also have a new VR focused Aliens action horror game from Survios and 20th Century Games. As if those were not enough (Ok no, we can never have too much of Aliens), there have also been some recent rumors of another Alien survival horror game in development, as well as a possible Alien: Isolation sequel pitch moving forward.

Of course, there’s likely still future things in store for Aliens: Fireteam Elite as well, with the patch notes mentioning: “These rewards will be replaced by permanent new rewards when the Limited Rewards Winter Event ends.” 

With the 2022 Game Awards premiering this Thursday, we’ll have our eyes peeled for any potential new updates or announcements in the gaming space for our favorite franchises.

Make sure to keep a close eye on Alien vs. Predator Galaxy for the latest intel on Aliens: Fireteam Elite! You can follow us on FacebookTwitter, Instagram and YouTube to get the latest on your social media walls. You can also join in with fellow Alien and Predator fans on our forums!

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Comments: 17
  1. Corporal Hicks
    It'd make sense to get one eventually! It'd be an entirely new visual aesthetic and that's one of things I did enjoy about the game, the campaigns are all very different from each other in that regard. An Aliens feel would be a nice addition to the game.
  2. XDarkelfX
    Gave this a go last night and its really fun. I'm glad to see the developers are still adding content for this game since day 1. I really hope this continues.  I am truly hoping the Devs can finally get a "Raid" going for this game (an actual 5, 10, 12 man raid). Boss fights, Trash Mobs, Loot, Etc...It would be awsome especially with a game like this.
  3. Corporal Hicks
    I had the chance to have a quick play of this one this morning before work with RidgeTop. Props to Cold Iron, they took the criticism on about the first Horde map and sorted it with this. Much more open, with progression through the map, forcing you to change location. I dig it. Really did enjoy this.

    I got one of the new weapon skins and one decal just on this single playthrough. There's 2 winter themed skins and 6 decals. I think they look a little silly, but I like the spirit of them. Got until mid-Jan when the next update drops to get them, so plenty of time.

    I got a bunch of random attachments in my inventory when I loaded up for the first time too. Not sure if they came with this, or I just missed them from the last update?
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