WOTC Even More Backstories

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Author: Cato Heresy

Last revision: 17 Aug at 17:00 UTC (8)

File size: 1.38 MB

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Did you know the base game has only 9 vanilla soldier backstories? This mod changes that.

WOTC Even More Backstories – Version 7, aims to increase personal attachment and role-play within your XCOM campaigns.

This mod adds 478 new character backgrounds, each with male/female variants. Custom names and country lists are supported.

– 315 unique, new XCOM soldier backstories
– 48 unique, new Reaper backstories
– 56 unique, new Skirmisher backstories
– 45 unique, new Templar backstories
– 14 new Engineer & Scientist backstories

The majority of content is community submissions and stories penned myself – together we have developed some interesting tales of survival & hardship in a dark ADVENT world.

Special Notes / Supported Mods

Birthdates WOTC – Recommended but NOT actually required, my mod comes with a bundled file which uses Grim’s mod to set a custom date of birth for each backstory.

Non-Skirmisher ADVENT Hybrids – Custom support adds 56 new hybrid backstories with all Skirmisher references removed.

General Compatibility

Incompatible with any mod that targets [X2CharacterTemplate] – which basically means another backstory mod.

Compatible with all XCOM soldier class mods.

Compatible with ‘A Better Barracks’ by DerBK.

This mod has zero effect on any combat events or movement animations. It literally just adds lines to the character template file which is a resource used when spawning new soldiers on the tactical map.

Known issue with WC_PhotoRebooth: Soldier birthdates are corrupt. Please see the Discussions Tab for a fix.

Existing Games:

This mod will only affect newly generated recruits or reward soldiers who show up going forwards. It will not overwrite or update existing soldiers in your roster or recruitment pool. For best effect I recommend a new game.

Install Folder:


The actual backstories can be viewed in the Localization folder. Open XcomGame.Int with Notepad.

French / German / Non-English Version?

No translation exists at this time.

If you want to use this mod with a different base-game language, simply navigate to the install folder listed above. Change the extension of ‘XcomGame.Int’ to be .fra / .deu / .rus – etc.

Note the backstories will still be in English. Thanks to Pepitoxxx for this tip.

Final Words

Please kindly take a moment to rate up if you enjoy the mod. It helps visibility on the workshop and generally makes me feel happy about the 100+ editorial hours I’ve sunk into it. Thank you!

Required DLC:

These DLC should be installed in order to use this item.

XCOM 2: War of the Chosen
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