The long-awaited follow-up to Xenoblade Chronicles was revealed at a time when we didn’t know the Switch’s library was going to be quite as jam-packed as it currently is. Nevertheless, this sequel is still the most promising epic adventure for Nintendo Switch on the horizon.
Of course, that’s mostly because the original Xenoblade Chronicles was such a fascinating mix of ideas. While its execution left a little to be desired in some areas, it was a grand JRPG epic that retained the feel of classic genre entrants while advancing the style in several meaningful ways. We fully expect this sequel to pick up where that game left off in terms of execution and narrative.
Here’s what we know about Xenoblade Chronicles 2:
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 News
Nintendo’s latest Direct announcement brought us a fresh preview for Xenoblade Chronicles 2. This trailer focuses on some of Xenoblade‘s most prominent characters and, in the process, happens to shed a little light on the game’s universe and plot. Unsurprisingly, the game continues to look excellent.
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Expansion
Nintendo has detailed how Xenoblade Chronicles 2‘s season pass will work.
The new content will start with the December 2017 release of new support items for your party. That will be quickly followed up by the implementation of new main story quests in January 2018. The release of a new rare blade will occur in spring of 2018 and will be followed by the release of a brand-new challenge battle mode in summer 2018. Finally, autumn of 2018 will see the release of a new story-based adventure.
Nintendo hasn’t detailed what the game’s new story content will contain, but it figures to expand the game’s single-player offerings quite significantly.
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Release Date
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 will release for the Nintendo Switch on December 1, 2017.
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Trailer
While many of the Switch’s best titles thus far have been relatively simple experiences perfect for the console’s mobile capabilities, there’s still plenty of demand for grand-scale adventures that can be played for hours on end in front of a television and continued at the player’s leisure wherever they may go.
So far as that goes, Xenoblade Chronicles 2 looks like one of the Switch’s most interesting upcoming experiences.
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is the sequel to the hit 2010 Wii JRPG, Xenoblade Chronicles. The original game managed to stand out in a crowded marketplace by virtue of its mastery of classic JRPG conventions, large sci-fi world, and incredible story that featured a variety of characters with unique motivations.
At present, it seems that Xenoblade Chronicles 2 will pick up somewhere around where the original title left off by furthering the adventures of key characters while introducing quite a few new characters and plotlines to the fold. It makes sense that the game would continue the adventure that Xenoblade Chronicles began when you consider that this sequel will bring back many of the people who helped make the original title. Fortunately, that includes the original games’ composers who helped create one of the greatest gaming soundtracks in recent years.
Nintendo hasn’t been too generous with plot details thus far, but the latest Xenoblade Chronicles 2 trailer certainly hints at a much larger story that will lead players through a variety of stunning settings.
The thought of playing such a massive RPG on the go was once a simple pipe dream, but Xenoblade Chronicles 2 may just help prove that the Switch is capable of delivering large scale experiences in exciting ways that no other console can match.