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Can armor color only be changed if you have a preordered version of XCOM?

On the customization screen I can change hair, face, name, etc, but I can't change the color of the armor.

UPDATE: Seems that the answer is yes, so the next question is this:
Is there anyway to get the Elite Soldier Pack DLC if you bought the game on Steam after release?

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    From what I hear it'll become available at some point in the near future -- possibly as a deluxe edition version. Can't access the steampowered forums from work or I'd give an actual answer with links to back it up. Oct 11, 2012 at 7:55
  • I've seen references in the steam forum to being able to edit an ini file to enable the dlc, didnt save links unfortunately.
    – user35672
    Oct 18, 2012 at 12:06
  • jeez, had I know it's worth something to ppl, I've wouldn't have redeemed the code, but rather sold it on eBay ;-)
    – vartec
    Oct 18, 2012 at 12:16

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You won't get the special armor from the pre order, but you if you don't feel like buying the DLC, you can add the following lines to the end of your XComGame.ini in C:\Users\<user>\Documents\My Games\XCOM - Enemy Unknown\XComGame\Config.

[XComStrategyGame.XGCustomizeUI]
bArmorDecoAvailable=true
bArmorTintAvailable=true

This will allow you to get the color customizations without the extra armor.

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    But without the Guile hair, the armour customization means nothing!
    – au revoir
    Apr 5, 2013 at 21:43
  • Yay, this worked, thanks! Although "Armor Deco" seems to always show "NOT AVAILABLE" for me, but at least colors can be customized now, which is very, very nice. In Steam version, the file seems to be DefaultGame.ini in C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\XCom-Enemy-Unknown\XComGame\Config.
    – akavel
    Feb 9, 2016 at 22:32
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The Elite Soldier pack is now available for separate purchase on Steam and Xbox LIVE (US marketplace link). I assume that if it's not already available on PSN, it will be soon as well.

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Nope. I'm in the same boat.

You could try and track down a preorder, seems to be a few on ebay for $100. Or simply use a 'backup' copy if you catch my drift.

Other than that, we have to wait for the announcement that it's actually going to be released.

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  • Bah, having to use a "backup copy" for a game I legally bought.
    – Carra
    Oct 22, 2012 at 21:54
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If you buy the Special Edition of the game off of Amazon then you get the colors and stuff.

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