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XCOM 2 save scumming is a subject of the spokesman's joke

Published: 13:16, 15 April 2019
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Picture of Cato the spokesman in XCOM 2
XCOM 2 spokesman

One Twitter user's hyperbolic response to a journalist admitting he used cheats to beat Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice spawned a meme that Firaxis didn't want to miss out on. Now, XCOM 2 spokesman will tease save scummers with similar lines.

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice recently came into controversy after some media outlets started suggesting the game needs an easier difficulty setting which prompted many discussions. Eventually, PC Gamer's James Davenport admitted to using cheats in order to beat the final boss which prompted a rather dramatic tweet from a user going by the name Fetusberry.

The tweet states that "You cheated not only the game, but yourself. You didn't grow. You didn't improve. You took a shortcut and gained nothing. You experienced a hollow victory. Nothing was risked and nothing was gained. It's sad you don't know the difference". 

This quickly became a meme and a copypasta with many players, influencers and companies from the gaming industry using it to make jokes. Firaxis was no exception here and they hired Jon "Epic Voice Guy" Bailey again, just to record a few lines to add to the spokesman's monologues.

Firaxis' tweet shows an XCOM 2 player save scumming after a Sectopod killed their soldier. Upon loading the game again, the play took the same shot and this time hit the Sectopod, killing it before it could fire back, which resulted in the mission being completed.

However, in the post-mission debriefing, spokesman decided to berate the player for save scumming by repeating the exact lines of the now-famous tweet. Considering XCOM Enemy Unknown and XCOM 2 both present some of the biggest challenges in modern gaming by choosing Impossible difficulty with Iron Man enabled, the appearance of such a tweet was inevitable.

Firaxis Picture of the sniper Chosen from XCOM 2: War of the Chosen XCOM 2: War of the Chosen

Firaxis didn't confirm nor deny whether they made the video spoof on its own or if they added the Easter Egg to XCOM 2 so far. There are no official patch notes that would indicate this speech made it to the game but SteamDB did note that the ID number changed on 12 April 2019, the same day the tweet went live.

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