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  • Acting for Two: If SPARK's "Warrior" voice and Mox are in the same mission squad. Both are voiced by Michael Dorn.
  • Actor Allusion: John de Lancie voices the sinister sounding leader of a group of soldiers who dual wield wrist-mounted psionic blades. To further the ties with Starcraft, his faction are called the Templars.
  • Celebrity Voice Actor: Jake Solomon assures us that it is a total coincidence that several actors from one of his favorite TV shows happen to have provided voices for characters in War of the Chosen, the actors in question being:
    • Jonathan Frakes (Riker) as Volk, leader of the Reapers.
    • Michael Dorn (Worf) as Pratal Mox, a veteran Skirmisher. He'd already supplied his voice for "Warrior" SPARK in the "Shen's Last Gift" DLC.
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    • Marina Sirtis (Deanna Troi) as Elena "Outrider" Dragunova, a veteran Reaper.
    • Denise Crosby (Tasha Yar) as Betos, leader of the Skirmishers.
    • John de Lancie (Q) as Geist, leader of the Templars.
  • Fan Nickname: "Pectoids" for the new-and-improved Sectoids, on account of their newfound musculature.
  • I Knew It!: Most fans have guessed that Psi Operatives will become the 5th class way before the official reveal.
  • Jossed: Firaxis put the kibosh on ideas that ADVENT and EXALT were in any way related.
  • Official Fan-Submitted Content: A contest was run that asked fans to design tattoo options for XCOM soldiers.
  • Promoted Fanboy: During development of the sequel, the team that did the XCOM: Long War mod were brought in by Firaxis Games to start development on various mods to be made available at launch.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • There were originally plans for several enemies that got cut from the game, as seen in the code. Among them are the Synthoid, a bio-mechanical android; the Viper Queen, a fire-breathing version of the Viper; An ADVENT Witch, their version of a PSI trooper; the Archon King, capable of picking up your troops and dropping them out of the sky for massive damage; and an ADVENT ACV, an unmanned attack vehicle that would have appeared on retaliation missions to "pacify" the population. Of course, with the modding community being this strong less than a month after its release, they probably won't be cut for very long...
      • As it turns out, the majority of them have been turned into DLC.
      • And as of War of The Chosen, the ADVENT Witch has been introduced as the ADVENT Priest. Only the Synthoid remains cut now.
      • ...though actually looking at the stats for the 'ADVWitch' entity makes it clear that the trooper in question is merely the internal name for the Avatars, much like the Codex is internally referred to as the Cyberus.
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    • As seen in the E3 2015 gameplay demo, the Specialist's Haywire Protocol would have been called the Intrusion Protocol, and the options were to either control robotic enemies, or improved control, which increased the turn duration. In the final game, the options are shutdown (which is the easier option) and control. In addition, instead of choosing which hack reward, if you exceeded the percentage for both checks, you were given both rewards.
    • The Informant was originally going to go by the callsign "Cato", after Cato Minor, an incorruptible Roman senator who opposed Caesar. They eventually ditched it in favor of maintaining his No Name Given status from the previous game, though a single line of dialogue referring to him as such remains in the gamenote .
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    • There was originally 4 Chosen instead of 3. Just as how the Assassin, Hunter and Warlock correspond to XCOM's Assault, Sharpshooter and Specialist respectively, the 4th Chosen was supposed to mirror the grenadier.
    • As well, there were going to be four Resistance factions, with the fourth faction being a group of cyborgs possibly led by Julian. There's dialogue in the game that mentions cyborgs hiding in the deep woods and if they should be sought out.

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