IGN Expo has seen the exclusive reveal of Aliens: Fireteam Elite – Pathogen, the first major DLC pack for the co-op shooter, which will be released on August 30.
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”.
Aliens: Fireteam Elite arrived in 2021, and has been receiving seasons of new content, but Pathogen marks a more fully-fledged piece of DLC being added to PvE game. We awarded the core game a 7/10 review, saying it “does enough right to be plenty worthwhile for a trio of co-op shooter fans who’d rather battle hordes of xenomorphs than the usual zombies.”
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Matt Purslow is IGN’s UK News and Features Editor.