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.

Brandon Orselli


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