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XCOM soldiers to be added to Civilization 5 as new army units

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The XCOM team will be added to Civilization 5 as a recruitable unit for players' armies with the game's upcoming expansion, Brave New World, the Firaxis dev team announced at a PAX East panel today.

The unit's capabilities were shown during a brief demonstration at the panel. The unit fills the role of of an elite paratrooper, assumedly near the top of a new tech tree. Attackers in the unit can move up to 40 tiles at a time, making them a speedy (and flashy) soldier who can assist with far off battles with ease.

Civilization 5's next piece of downloadable content, Brave New World, will also add new scenarios, civilizations, leaders and rules for Diplomatic victories. It will launch this summer on Windows PC and Mac.