Japanese Audio, Expansion Pass, More Confirmed for Xenoblade Chronicles 2

Nintendo has revealed new details for the Monolith Soft-developed RPG, Xenoblade Chronicles 2.

The game will have an Expansion Pass just like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, meaning post-launch downloadable content is already planned. There will also be English and Japanese voice acting for the game at launch. Featured above, you can view a new character trailer for the game released in today’s broadcast.

It’s worth pointing out the Japanese audio will be available as a free day-one download, meaning it’s not included in the base game.

The Expansion Pass will cost you $29.99 will get new downloadable content as it releases between the game’s December 2017 launch and sometime before fall of next year. The new content includes quests, support items, and eventually a challenge Battle Mode. There’s also an additional adventure with a new side story set within Elysium. Further details are coming in the future.

Here’s the initial roadmap for the Expansion Pass:

  • Support items for your journey – starting December 2017
  • New quests for the main game – starting January 2018
  • New rare blade – Spring 2018
  • New challenge battle mode – Summer 2018
  • A brand new story and adventure – Fall 2018

Here’s a new set of screenshots and artwork:

Here’s some new details for the game confirmed in today’s Nintendo Direct broadcast:

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is next in the series following the original acclaimed RPG that launched for Wii in 2012. This sequel features new characters and worlds, with an expanded battle system that will still feel familiar to fans of the first game. In Xenoblade Chronicles 2, Blades are artificial lifeforms that bond with Drivers to lend them their weapons and powers in battle. Main character Rex is a Driver and Pyra is a Blade. 

In and out of battle, Blades have a wide array of support abilities. While adventuring, these abilities might increase the number of items that can be collected, open up new paths to explore or initiate other special effects. When players fight alongside their chosen Blade, they might trigger effects that protect the Driver, strengthen attacks and so forth. Abilities differ from Blade to Blade, so selecting different Blades adds to the strategy of battle.

Blades are just one form of life that players will encounter while journeying on the backs of the mighty Titans. In the vast world of Alrest, players will discover both peaceful and aggressive wildlife of all shapes and sizes wandering among giant plains, winding caverns, frozen kingdoms, scorched earth and sandy beaches. If players manage to defeat certain Unique Beasts, a tombstone will be left behind to commemorate the creature and allow players to relive those battles for additional rewards.

While traveling the massive world of Alrest, players will run into shining spots called Collection Points – which give players the opportunity to pick up valuable items or dive under the clouds to salvage hard-to-find treasures – or special landmarks that players can transport to at any time. Alrest is also teeming with bustling cities. From shopping districts to residential quarters, each Titan has its own unique layout and atmosphere.

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is launching on December 1st for the Nintendo Switch.

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  • Mechonis

    I wanted Sword titties amiibo. What a shame

    Season pass seems a little high but not quite overpriced. JP audio is audio is good. I still have issues with this game but I still plan on Day 1

  • Mr0303

    The season pass cancer infects yet another game. I wonder if Nintendo will do complete editions.

  • Justin Williams

    Expansion pass= milking fans for more $$.

  • totenglocke

    Nintendo needs to fuck off with this DLC shit. It’s not even about fucking over people who bought the collector’s edition, it’s forcing people to wait a whole fucking YEAR to finish the game.

  • totenglocke

    Only when they port to another platform, like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

  • Justin Williams

    Not a chance. I know Nintendo is GOD to a legion of fanboys but Nintendo is shady AF and getting worse. Somehow the big N seems to always get a free pass for doing what other companies would get slayed for.

  • Justin Williams

    Willing to bet most of their DLC is finished at time of launch. It isn’t like they plan to keep the developers paid and on the job for the next YEAR for some DLC. It was likely finished within the development cycle to be pieced out a bit at time to make a $60 game become a $90 game.

  • Justin Williams

    I’m willing to bet the game would run fine on a Wii U with an easy port (like BoTW). Too bad the big N dumped that system like a hot potato.

  • Justin Williams

    Sounds like Nintendo is taking on some of EA’s business ethics.

  • Michael Richardson

    No, you can fully complete the game without the DLC. Just don’t buy the season pass. Like BotW, I’ll wait and see if this is worth purchasing once all the content releases. If not, they’re not getting my money.

  • RPGEndBoss

    Agreed. Though I think both take their cues from Apple.

  • totenglocke

    If you don’t play the rest of the content, you’re literally not finishing the game. Think before you suck that corporate cock.

  • totenglocke

    Iwata held them in check with DLC bullshit. Now that he’s dead, they’re going full EA.

  • Justin Williams

    Good point… games not over until the content is done.

  • Exien

    Fall 2018 are they fucking smoking or what, first this shit online service and now this season crap holy seems nintendo is yet only another greedy puplisher now who have lost even the little artistic vision they had.

  • Justin Williams

    Iwata’s passing was really the end of the “old” Nintendo. Now they are becoming something else entirely.

  • Michael Richardson

    DLC is literally extra content not included with the game. It’s “in addition to.” The base game is fully complete from the get go. So yes, you can complete it without getting the DLC. Perhaps you should reconsider your irrational beliefs that make you feel like you need to buy every bit of DLC included with a game to complete it.

  • Eldhin Hellknight

    could it be? A Nintendo release without censorship and a dumbed down localization?

  • Fear Me I Am Free

    I don’t have a Switch, but I’ve been hearing that they have been shifting towards more adult gamers and there hasn’t been any major censorship on any of the major Switch games.

  • Fear Me I Am Free

    The real question is “Will it be censored to hell liked the first one?”

  • totenglocke

    DLC is always cut content. It might not always be cut to fuck the consumer, but it’s content that was planned and not included in the original game (possibly because of time constraints). If there’s additional story content, then the “original game” is incomplete.

    Perhaps you should reconsider your irrational worship of poor business practices that do not benefit consumers in any way.

  • SLoWMoTIoN

    I wanted the LE but that sold out last month.

  • SLoWMoTIoN

    I’m ok with all of this as long as they don’t butcher the characters. Can’t wait for the boo…game.

  • totenglocke

    Jesus fucking Christ, this has been repeatedly covered. It was the “second” game that was censored because Xenoblade Chronicles X was the only one in the series localized by the Treehouse snowflakes at Nintendo of America. The first game and this game are both done by Nintendo of Europe, who doesn’t do the censorship shit. They would not be showing video to Tits McGee running around in her thong and see through booty shorts if they were going to censor it in the three weeks between now and release.

  • totenglocke

    After Iwata died, they decided to go full EA. You never go full EA!

  • I was thinking about it, but the amazon preorder discount didn’t happen, so I decided to save $52 and not get it

  • SLoWMoTIoN

    I mean to censor Pyra they would have to remake the model more than just paint it all black or something. Dimensions! But I digress, you are right no censorship is being done by them lads.

  • Fear Me I Am Free

    I was referring to X. I forgot there was one on Wii. Jesus, I haven’t been able to keep up lately so I didn’t know.

  • Feniks

    Going the P5 route with the JPN audio? Is it because of the storage size?

    Still good they listened. Every Japanese game should be dual audio.

    DO YOU HEAR THAT FALCOM even Nintendo wised up.

  • Matz

    Nintendo of Europe is in charge of the localization instead of the incompetent people at NoA and Treehouse

  • Feniks

    Nothing personal just business.

    Retention, monetization and all that MBA stuff.

    Doesn’t work for me, I’ll just wait for the GOTY edition.

  • MusouTensei

    Very happy about JP dub, not so much about the season pass, I’m not buying that pass. Though at least seeing that the story DLC won’t come out for a year seems to indicate that it isn’t cut content like the South Park DLCs.

  • SuuLoliBoob

    >Somehow the big N seems to always get a free pass for doing what other companies would get slayed for.

    You know, except for Sony which people will gladly pay for as long as they shit out more shitty movies then game.

  • No_Good_Names_Ever

    Soul sharing’s taking an upturn in usage lately? Also was the last game eventually this type of Scifi/fantasy fusion or did they decide to shift it back to being more like the original?

  • totenglocke

    Which Nintendo refuses to do.

  • totenglocke

    $52? The collector’s edition was $100 and the Gamer’s Club / Amazon pre-order discount is $20. As for why it didn’t show up, that’s because Amazon stopped doing the discount for limited editions.

  • BFG

    DLC is literally extra content not included with the game.

    Most of the time, the DLC itself is just a mere kilobytes file that unlock the stuff in-game

  • I paid $48 for the game, compared to $100 for the LE. There’s a difference of $52 right there. And I’m aware that Amazon stopped doing LE discount, as that’s what made the difference so large.

  • Marc Duarte

    Call me shallow, but I’m so tempted to get this game just to have Pyra and that hot blonde as waifus. (Blondes and redheads… it doesn’t get any better than that.) Now that Japanese audio has been confirmed, I’ll be closely watching this. If there’s no censorshit to drag the game down, I’ll probably order a copy to put away for later when I do get myself a Switch.

  • Joe

    The more I hear about this POS game, the worse it sounds.

    Chopping up a Xenoblade to sell it piecemeal is a new low for Nintendo.

    Xenoblade X included the Japanese DLC for free for the Western release. It was such a better looking game, as well.

  • Joe

    “The base game is fully complete from the get go.”

    Is it really, though? Most likely the DLC will be needed to answer some major plot holes they deliberately leave dangling towards the end of the game. Just look at the cliffhanger ending of their last Xenoblade game.

  • Joe

    No, likely you’ll have to wait a year to answer some major plot holes they leave dangling for the DLC. Their entire last game ended on a cliffhanger, they don’t mind making people wait years for answers.

  • The Clansman

    I had XCX and there was no way to play it in japanese

  • Elias Baas

    DLC is always cut content. It might not always be cut to fuck the consumer, but it’s content that was planned and not included in the original game (possibly because of time constraints). If there’s additional story content, then the “original game” is incomplete.Perhaps you should reconsider your irrational worship of poor business practices that do not benefit consumers in any way.

  • The Clansman

    There’s no reason to release the DLC so late (a whole fucking year later) if it’s finished. Nintendo said they haven’t even started working on it so everything else is just your speculation.

  • The Clansman

    Nintendo gets more backlash because they just started doing it, everyone knows Sony and MS are pieces of shit, just like most western studios.

  • The Clansman

    Me neither, didn’t bought Zelda season pass, won’t buy this one. Actually I think I’ve never bought a season pass.

  • >Pre-ordering

  • Eldhin Hellknight

    So no stupid changes this time? damn nice!

  • Eldhin Hellknight

    Let’s be honest. Even if Nintendo of Europe are different, it’s still a western Nintendo branch. Personally, i lost my entire hopes for uncensored western localizations done by Nintendo after all the shit we received for Wii U and 3DS, that’s why i still have my doubts even if DoA is not involved.

  • OlimacFTW

    Tl;dr for most of the comments posted: “It’s only bad if Nintendo does it”.

  • totenglocke

    They had it planned. There’s no excuse to release it now instead of fall 2018 and let people buy the full game.

  • totenglocke

    Then why are you defending this shit so hard im your other comments?

  • totenglocke

    “Let’s be honest, I’m going to ignore the facts just to have something to bitch about.”

    Fixed that for you.

  • The Clansman

    I’m not defending it and I’m definetely not defending it “so hard”, I just pointed out that they probably haven’t started working on the content yet since everything seems to indicate that. When the next expansion of Zelda is 10.0 kb in filesize I will take it back, but that’s not gonna happen and it’s probably not gonna happen here either.

  • Travis Touchdown

    I don’t buy censored games.

  • Donwel

    Nintendo did say a couple of weeks ago that they’re looking to appeal to a more mature audience when they were talking about third parties. Whether they just meant third parties or that they want to start doing so with their own games is anyones guess.
    Though this is Nintendo Japan that I’m talking about so anything that eventually makes its way over will likely be censored to shit and stuffed with memes, what with NoA hanging around.

  • sanic

    huh at least theres some info on what you’d actually get besides “4 add ons” or that extra vague crap.

  • tetrisdork

    Depends on the size of the game cartridge, since those things can get expensive to make, and the size of the Japanese audio DLC.

  • Early signs haven’t shown any censorship just yet, but we’ll wait and see.

  • wesley

    DLC is literally extra content not included with the game. It’s “in addition to.” The base game is fully complete from the get go. So yes, you can complete it without getting the DLC. Perhaps you should reconsider your irrational beliefs that make you feel like you need to buy every bit of DLC included with a game to complete it.

  • EroBotan

    what’s the difference with Blizzard’s Starcraft/Warcraft expansion pack in the 90s?

  • InkViper

    What I liked and what I don’t like about this game so far.

    Dislikes,
    Season Pass, in typical Nintendo fashion, details are too sketchy, and by the looks of it a lot of unfinished content is being bundled through the DLC due to its tight scheduling so the title can make launch this year. Major question raised, why are these three elements of the DLC not being released for free! There’s obviously a case for the story and missions being paid.
    These three elements should be made available without charge, similar to the content updates made in the splatoon series.

    Support items for your journey – starting December 2017
    New rare blade – Spring 2018
    New challenge battle mode – Summer 2018

    The game may be much shorter than previous installments of the series, this may be one of the explanations why a proportion of the story and mission content is being bundled in DLC, as well as the fact this game is coming out little over two years since the previous title, I wouldn’t expect this game to take much longer then 40 hours.

    Combat system explanation in the direct doesn’t do justice to what looks like one of the most comprehensive JRPG battle systems I’ve seen in a long time.
    If any think they’ve just turned a great deal of people off, due to the complicated nature of the battle system, without an explanation that breaks it down on a level where your dad can understand

    The lumen shadow of censorship, yes I know NOA is not responsible for the localization, and even if they had no input on this game, there taint never seems to go away.

    Likes.(And most of them are a thumb nosing at censorious SJW’s)
    The game has boob physics!!! And they’ve not been removed, if any think this new direct gives better clarity that it’s present in both cut scenes and in game combat, so added bonus.

    The artist responsible for the main character designs, is both a accomplish industry professional and Hentia artist (Saitou Masatsugu) some would say that’s on usual, I say good on Nintendo not being picky with who they work with.

    Presentation and animation is top-notch, and significantly improved over the previous Xenoblade series, especially attention to detail to enemy animations and combat. EXAMPLE the lizard man enemy riding the giant monster.

    Lots of really nice throwbacks to previous Xeno games.

    Overall, I’m quite excited for this title, but still cautious about supporting it.

  • totenglocke

    I’m guessing you didn’t actually game back then. In the ’90s, expansions were a full game but reusing assets from the base game. They were sold for half the price because they were quick and easy to make while developing a sequel. These days, the call DLC an “expansion pass” while charging $30+ for a fraction of the content of the base game. THAT is the difference, the amount of content in relation to the price of the base game. If they charged us $30 for the same amount content (or even just half the amount of the content) as the base game, I’d support it. But we’re talking 50% more for probably less than 10% more content than the base game.

  • EroBotan

    i do game back then lol. It’s just that all the bonus scenarios DLCs that i get are all super cheap or free DLCs.

    It’s just mean that you often get involved with abusive dev.

  • InkViper

    Update.
    I may have gotten how long the game might be wrong! It’s more likely 100+ our game.
    A couple of other things, I forgot to mention, the amazing soundtrack from the original composer the first game, and the combat system being the most complicated yet in a Xeno game, it’s also been streamlined incredibly well.

  • Justin Williams

    Your 100% right about that. A lot of the time it is disk-locked content that you already posess but can’t use without a key file. Capcom is KING at that shit. Destiny was also outed as having assets for the 1st two “expansions” on disk that was cut to sell later. Anyone who gets excited for DLC announced at launch is a fucking moron.

  • Justin Williams

    The reason they release it up to a year later is that by then sales have cooled and DLC keeps the cash train chugging. Why release it all at launch when people will spend $60 on the game up front (missing announced content) and then shovel out $30 for the rest- making it a $90 game. If you think planned DLC like this is made after release your a fool. The creative team has wrapped and moved on to other projects- its not like they spend the next year working on a couple side quests and some costumes.

  • Ace

    Amen.

  • SullenSamurai

    Nintendo of Europe may not be as bad as NoA, but they still definitely censor stuff, so you throwing a fit about a legitimate concern is bizarre. They censored the Europe-only release of Project Zero 2: Wii Edition, they censored the Harvest Scramble DLC in Fire Emblem Awakening (though not the Summer Scramble like NoA), heck with Xenoblade they changed the name of “Metal Face” because they didn’t want to call him “Black Face” (for obvious reasons—point still stands).

    I don’t know where this notion that Europe is some sort of haven from censorship popped up from, but it’s straight up retarded. Even ignoring the nightmarescape that is Germany, European releases as a whole tend to have an aneurysm every time a loli-like character pops up, blame British law. Not a Nintendo of Europe job obviously, but Agarest: Generations of War 2 is a solid example of a game that was virtually untouched in the states but manhandled for the European release because a character was “too young-looking” to be seen in a hotspring (not-so-fun fact: the European release of that game was what was eventually ported to Steam, so the worldwide Steam release remains censored to this day). Then of course there’s the somewhat recent example of Tales of Berseria, where the child death scene was altered because Bandai-Namco was afraid they’d lose their “16 rating”—a rating that exists in PEGI but not the ESRB.

    Until the game comes out, assuming it’s going to be edit free simply because a European team is responsible for the localization is dangerously naive. Hope for the best, but expect (or at least mentally prepare yourself for) the worse.

  • BFG

    Expansion packs (like in the case you described, Warcaft 3 and Starcraft 1) were full games, in terms of content, that could stand on their own. And they were made after the development of the original titles.

    DLCs are VERY rarely that way. Sole instance I can think of was Muramasa Rebirth, as the DLCs were exclusive to the Vita for a game originally made on Wii years before.

  • Clinton

    >Somehow the big N seems to always get a free pass for doing what other companies would get slayed for.You know, except for Sony which people will gladly pay for as long as they shit out more shitty movies then game.

  • Nintendo continue to abuse their retarded fanbase.

  • Capcom and Bandai Namco loves that.

  • I never thought I would see the day when you would said no to Nintendo.

  • Kevin Morris

    huh at least theres some info on what you’d actually get besides “4 add ons” or that extra vague crap.

  • LOLIC FORCES

    what censorship?

  • LOLIC FORCES

    not necessarily, take Smash Bros for example: all of it’s DLC was developed after the game was released, same goes for NieR Automata, that wasn’t planned for DLC (because Square Enix originally didn’t have faith in the game) but then DLC was developed in response to the overwelmingly positive reception.

    It sucks that a lot of publishers abuse DLC for Shady practices *COUGH*EA*COUGH* but the concept itself it’s not a bad thing.

  • Travis Touchdown

    Nintendo is censoring the multiplat release from even coming out. :(

  • Enzo Pinto

    Expansion packs (like in the case you described, Warcaft 3 and Starcraft 1) were full games, in terms of content, that could stand on their own. And they were made after the development of the original titles.DLCs are VERY rarely that way. Sole instance I can think of was Muramasa Rebirth, as the DLCs were exclusive to the Vita for a game originally made on Wii years before.

  • UnpluggedBeta

    This is how everyone makes money now; a company would be insane not to pursue this avenue of profit at this point. Case in point: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qq6HcKj59Q

    It’s nearly a license to print money at this point; only the indies are going to refrain from doing it.

  • UnpluggedBeta

    No one complained when we called them expansion packs….. mostly because they actually had a shitload of content tied to your thirty USD purchase, but still.

  • UnpluggedBeta

    I mostly agree, but you’re looking at it selectively and it telling that you use old-Blizzard as the example. A lot of expansion packs were trash too.

  • UnpluggedBeta

    I appreciate that update, thanks. When I read your initial comment, my heart sank. I like shorter games just fine, but anything Monolith-developed I want to be able to savor.

  • UnpluggedBeta

    Hey man, deep wounds heal slowly and get easily reopened; give the guy a break. Nintendo’s localization jobs are legendary for how bad they are after all.

  • UnpluggedBeta

    That Berseria localization job is what’s the most annoying to me: it was sloppily handled and doesn’t even make sense-most sloppily of all, the script keeps referring to the uncensored version.

  • UnpluggedBeta

    I wouldn’t be so sure; someone up the thread was saying, while not as bad, NoE makes some mind boggingly stupid changes to the script of their own.

  • UnpluggedBeta

    Speaking of meme stuffers, how are the people at treehouse still employed? Is this an example of some kind of industry wellfare system for talentless, lazy hacks?

  • UnpluggedBeta

    Yes and no; the JP voices are a huge bone that we don’t normally enjoy from those fags.

  • Nagato

    Say what now?

    Iwata was already as greedy as they came. Who else, after all, ushered in the era of overpriced consoles from the Wii onwards, or handhelds from the 3DS? God knows how many expense accessories and gimmicks? Amiibo locked content?

    Honestly, the only reason Nintendo didn’t also have season passes and paid online last gen was their being behind technically, not any kind of moral objection on anyone’s part.

  • totenglocke

    TIL that selling your console for less than the competition is “overpriced”. You went full retard, son. You never go full retard.

    Also, Iwata was the one who repeatedly took an anti-DLC stance and the second he died, Nintendo went full EA in regards to DLC.

  • Nagato

    When said competition is selling significantly more powerful hardware for only 50 bucks more? Most definitely.

    The Wii was just a small overclock added to the 100 buck Gamecube, selling for 250 with nothing more than motion controls added. The 360 was only 50 bucks more, eventually with 20 and 120GB HDD’s included too (and games too).

    The Wii U was essentially a souped-up Xbox 360, only now releasing seven years late in 2012. Priced at 300 to 350 intially, with the PS4 a year later being a “mere” 400 – also too much in my eyes, but relative to one another definitely the better deal. Both PS4 and X1 eventually had their prices drop far below Wii U as well.

    The 3DS was overpriced at 250 as well, and suffered similarly for it until it got a hefty pricedrop.

    Only difference between now and the 3DS+Wii U launches is that Nintendo has done an excellent job marketing, or rather building a cult of personality and brand towards the people who were already supporting them financially, to the point where there’s imbeciles believing Iwata was a just a saint that goofs around with bananas, rather than a money-grubbing jew.

  • LOLIC FORCES

    they haven’t even showed anything censored. If they made it like it is from the begining it’s not censorship. (This is different from Xenoblade X)

  • XypherCode

    New to Niche Gamer and the first thing I realize here is how toxic the comments sections can be. Not sure if haters roam free to assume things here or just a normal cases of butthurt.

  • Malcolm_Ecks

    This place is a glorious salt mine.

  • Malcolm_Ecks

    Expansion packs were not always full games. Not even close. It was as bad and sometimes worse back in the day as it is now. Diablo 2’s expansion was full price and only put in 2 classes, an Act, and some more items. That’s it. And there’s plenty of examples of this.

  • Sorathecrow

    Some people just want to buy a video game without you anti-DLC moralizers trying to convert them to your religion.

  • Sorathecrow

    >The lumen shadow

    Looming.

  • totenglocke

    If you just wanted to buy the game, then you’d be upset about content being held back for a year. Sounds more like you just love the taste of corporate cock.

  • InkViper

    duly noted

  • Sorathecrow

    >upset about content being held back for a year

    Something you’re just assuming to be the case.

    Also, can you go a single comment without talking about penis, seriously, I get it, you’ve got sex on the brain.