New Extended Overview Trailer for Xenoblade Chronicles 2

Nintendo has shared a new Japanese overview trailer for Xenoblade Chronicles 2.

Featured above, the seven-minute long overview trailer gives a nice recap of the game’s characters, story, combat, and more.

Here’s a rundown on the game, via Nintendo:

As the giant beasts march toward death, the last hope is a scavenger named Rex—and Pyra, a living weapon known as a Blade. Can you find the fabled paradise she calls home? Command a group of Blades and lead them to countless strategic victories before the world ends.

Each Titan hosts its own distinct cultures, wildlife, and diverse regions to explore. Search the vast open areas and labyrinthine corridors for treasure, secret paths, and creatures to battle and index.

During these escapades you’ll get to know a large cast of eclectic characters, including the weaponized life forms known as Blades. Gather these allies, bond with them to increase their power, and utilize their special ARTS to devastate enemies. But to save the world of Alrest, you must first demystify its cloudy past.

Key Features

  • A new story in the Xenoblade Chronicles series.
  • The next adventure is on the Nintendo Switch™ console—set on the backs of colossal, living Titans.
  • Discover each Titan’s diverse regions, culture, wildlife, equipment, and hidden secrets.
  • Find, bond with, and command weaponized life forms known as Blades to earn abilities and enhance them.
  • Uncover the history of Alrest and the mystery of its endless ocean of clouds.

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

, ,
Brandon Orselli


Owner and Publisher at Niche Gamer and Nicchiban. Outlaw fighting for a better game industry. Pronouns: Patriarch, Guido, Olive.

Comment Policy: Read our comment policy and guidelines before commenting.
  1. Anon_Amous
    November 17, 2017 at 12:47 am

    Jiggle physics.

  2. CatCouch
    November 17, 2017 at 1:06 am

    I’m really looking forward to this! I can’t stop laughing at all the hate around it, though. I was likened to Harvey Weinstein on Gamefaqs while discussing this game. Come on… Why can’t we all just get along and talk about sexy chicks and floating bathtubs?


    I want to float around in that while exploring~

  3. PaRaLLaXTHeTiCS
    November 17, 2017 at 1:44 am

    I think it’s safe to assume that this game will be the tits.

  4. PaRaLLaXTHeTiCS
    November 17, 2017 at 1:46 am

    I’m not against it, but there are better suited franchises for fan service than a mainline XC game.

  5. Fandangle
    November 17, 2017 at 2:13 am

    Wish they didn’t dumb the game play down for the persona audience.

  6. Mechonis
    November 17, 2017 at 2:26 am

    Sharla’s ridiculous costumes and cutscenes with tits swinging worse then a DoA Beach Volleyball game? Melia and Fiora? They had fan service armor too. Xenoblade X had lewd bikinis, maid outfits, and bunny girls tights? Xenoblade has always had fan service.

  7. PaRaLLaXTHeTiCS
    November 17, 2017 at 2:36 am

    Maybe I’m wrong, but I don’t consider X to be mainline. Sharla’s not a primary prtoganist and certainly didn’t draw the type of attention to the game that Pyra does. It’s obvious that the XC2 just screams “tits” by your average reactions to the game. Again, not against it, but it sure does feel like it cheapens a game that most likely should be drawing attention for more substantial things.

  8. CatCouch
    November 17, 2017 at 2:45 am

    I don’t agree with the “sex appeal cheapens games” belief, it’s too close to the “mass appeal” argument used by game journalists to justify wanting censorship. “If only this game didn’t include *insert random thing to be offended by* then more people would be able to play”.

    I respect your opinion, though, mainly because you don’t try to force it on me or shame me for what I like.

    Most discussions on Gamefaqs I’ve been in don’t even talk about the game but just argue anime tropes are bad in general because Gamespots reviewer ranted about Pyra. One person kept bringing up Cindy and FFXV over and over trying to discredit me. This game is like, ground zero for trashing and being offended by JRPG’s. :/

  9. PaRaLLaXTHeTiCS
    November 17, 2017 at 3:06 am

    Again, not against it. It’s the vision of the developers so I’m all in. I think they’re doing their work a bit of injustice though by drawing attention away from something so amazing in favor of a primary protagonist that’s featured in promotional trailers with massive coconuts an the sexiest of g-strings. If they’re cool with it, then I am too –for the most part. But I can’t say that it doesn’t bug me a bit. I think the focus should be on anything but the fan service. The fan service should be a bonus. Speaking specifically of the mainline the franchise because of how highly I regard it.

  10. CatCouch
    November 17, 2017 at 3:17 am

    The thing that bothers me is how any level of fan service results in freak outs now. I really like sex appeal in games and it’s increasingly obvious that it’s not welcome due to the western media’s need to focus on how unacceptable, like one, background character is in FFXV, you know?

    We can all have our opinions about it but I can’t pretend there isn’t a over reaction going on where the mere mention of fan service results in rants, calls for censorship, shaming/insulting and lowered review scores.

  11. PaRaLLaXTHeTiCS
    November 17, 2017 at 3:21 am

    “This game is like, ground zero for trashing and being offended by JRPG’s. :/”

    I don’t follow the social justice news like a lot of people on NG. So anything in that regard is new to me. I’m simply reacting to people who are even positive towards the game –with their first thoughts being “boobs”. If it’s anything like the original XC or even if you want to stretch it, the past “Xeno” games, there’s more to it than that. It’s not Sekran or Nights of the Azure, or Hyperdimension, etc… It’s not any of those. It’s so much better than that!!

  12. PaRaLLaXTHeTiCS
    November 17, 2017 at 3:24 am

    I love fan service. I just don’t think its uniform to the franchise (as small as it is) when it becomes a primary focus whether by it’s own fault or otherwise. It definitely went in a different artistic direction here.

  13. CatCouch
    November 17, 2017 at 3:36 am

    Yeah, the game went in a different art direction. From what I’ve read the fanservice isn’t really as big a deal so much as the anime look. Fanservice seems to be a convenient scapegoat to complain and shame the game for just to voice displeasure or something.

  14. CatCouch
    November 17, 2017 at 3:42 am

    Most arguments I was in seemed to be divorced from the game, as in they were just shallow, generalized arguments about representation of women.
    Rex’s outfit was a hot button issue, though.

    Some combination of
    being a Xeno game, being a Nintendo game (lots of Nintendo hate) and shifting to a more anime
    art style made it a target. I followed this game on Gamefaqs and NeoGAF
    (while it existed) and it was damn near the most toxic game I’ve ever
    been around. I’ve never seen so many “pedo” arguments before. It really
    caught me off guard and that takes a lot on game forums, lol~

    I still don’t agree that fanservice makes this is a lesser game in any way, though. I love Hyperdimension games and xeno games and all of them have fan service. Never mind the fact that X was censored, that may have made the fanservice stuff a top topic this time due to concerns over possible censorship, now that I think about it.

  15. PaRaLLaXTHeTiCS
    November 17, 2017 at 3:43 am

    Well from my pov it’s in respect to the franchise — the majesty of the games themselves. Nothing to do with SJW’s. Most initial reactions, even positive ones from newcomers, are “boobs”. In that regard, it’s cheapens the game for me because it takes focus away from what made XC1 so special. Even in your opinion, “Why can’t we all just get along and talk about sexy chicks and floating bathtubs?”. I get the humor. I really do, but unlike something like Senran or Hyperdimension, that’s not what these games are about. But just going by general gaming comments from many of those all in on this game, it’s what it’s all about. Anyway, if that’s the way they want to approach it, I’m down. Not going to change my opinion of the game. Just hoping for those particularl types to approach it a bit more revelantly if that makes any sense as cheesey as it sounds. I’m just a big fat fanboy of the games.

  16. PaRaLLaXTHeTiCS
    November 17, 2017 at 3:52 am

    Yeah I get it. That wasn’t my approach.

  17. CatCouch
    November 17, 2017 at 4:03 am

    Who gets to decide what a game means to people, though? There is no correct way to like or dislike a game. I mean, it shouldn’t be surprising this game is received differently from the previous due to the radical shift in tone and art direction.

    This game will likely be better received in the end and have more fan art/ fan dscussion due to
    the large variety of character designs, the lack of censorship (I hope) and the positive reception of the

    Others liking the fanservice shouldn’t cheapen the game, it’s like saying Nier Automata would be better without 2B’s sex appeal. There’s room for both. It’s part of the package and a lot of people like it for that. It’s unfortunate that the gaming press has latched on to this idea that sex is bad, I really wish that would go away so we could get back to having opinions that didn’t become political/social justice fights. Maybe someday~

    Anyway, Yeah, I respect your opinion. I get it. The game took a bit of a turn and gained attention for more shallow reasons than one would hope this series is known for.

  18. PaRaLLaXTHeTiCS
    November 17, 2017 at 4:05 am

    No one does. It’s just not uniform. There’s a stellar precedent.

  19. PaRaLLaXTHeTiCS
    November 17, 2017 at 4:11 am

    BTW, I f’n love Pyra. I wouldn’t change a thing about her for my own sake. I love the character designs. The approach to the game by noobs is the other matter.

  20. CatCouch
    November 17, 2017 at 4:21 am

    Yeah, I love her design too. I want to draw some fan art when I get the time!

  21. PaRaLLaXTHeTiCS
    November 17, 2017 at 4:23 am

    And when you do, you’re going to treat us all to it here, right??

  22. CatCouch
    November 17, 2017 at 4:30 am

    I never post my art in places like this, seems like spam. Hell, I might even make it too inappropriate for here. Who knows? :3

  23. PaRaLLaXTHeTiCS
    November 17, 2017 at 4:31 am

    Too late. You’ve committed. Pay up! XD

  24. CatCouch
    November 17, 2017 at 4:33 am

    If the opportunity come up maybe I will! I have commissions and other art to finish first, though.

  25. PaRaLLaXTHeTiCS
    November 17, 2017 at 4:33 am

    How about just a link then? Thanks!

  26. CatCouch
    November 17, 2017 at 4:35 am

    Perhaps. It shouldn’t be hard to find anyway, all my accounts are under the CatCouch name with the same avatar I have here. I try to be consistent like that!

  27. SilverBassCross
    November 17, 2017 at 5:04 am

    I dunno who you are on GameFAQs but I’m on your side over there bro.

    Have you guys seen the amount of thumbnails on YouTube with Pyra’s tits, usually from overly hype reaction channels? Publicity my dudes.

  28. SLoWMoTIoN
    November 17, 2017 at 5:26 am

    As long as they don’t fuck with boobs sword I’m happy.

  29. Feniks
    November 17, 2017 at 6:25 am

    Yep. Its a JRPG, cute girls showing skin comes with the genre.

  30. NuclearCherries
    November 17, 2017 at 7:23 am

    I hope for the love of all that is holy that it takes more cues from Xenoblade and not Xenoblade X.

  31. 2501
    November 17, 2017 at 7:45 am

    Implying that XC’s combat isn’t easy to begin with.

  32. Travis Touchdown
    Travis Touchdown
    November 17, 2017 at 2:22 pm

    Fuck you, X was awesome.

  33. Travis Touchdown
    Travis Touchdown
    November 17, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    It looks terrible.

    Xenoblade was a mistake.

  34. Joe
    November 17, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    Yeah,I can’t wait for another generic fantasy anime setting instead of a unique open world sci-fi adventure with mechs.

  35. SLoWMoTIoN
    November 18, 2017 at 1:10 am

    Get a room

  36. SLoWMoTIoN
    November 18, 2017 at 1:11 am

    And bang

  37. Fandangle
    November 18, 2017 at 1:58 am

    It’s easy when you over level. Beat the game at level 50 and then we’ll talk. XC had some amazing balancing honestly. You never had to go out of the way to level up, you could easily just rush through the game and beat it as well if you wanted because most the bosses rely more on you speedily dealing damage and knowing combos and in general understanding the mechanics and what to use. I beat the game at around level 70 myself, and it was a blast. The bonus bosses as well were great.

    XCX was probably easier though. They added a LOT of customization but they also introduced a lot of broken builds. I was killing level 30s at level 15 and taking on groups of level 70s at 50. It left a lot to be desired balance wise, but mechanics wise it was glorious.

    But really, I never said anything about difficulty, but you’re obviously just the dunce to confuse mechanical depth with difficulty.

    See, when I say “dumbed down” I don’t mean easy. I mean it’s literally dumbed down. They have actively removed mechanics they’ve added and changed the fundamentals of the gameplay bringing it closer to an ARPG. Arts assigned to buttons is absolutely needless. There is literally no reason for this to have ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever happen. It needlessly reduces the arts avaialable, and before you give me the “Y-you can switch between blades! 9 arts is more than ever!” Shulk had 14 in XC1 and had the same basic idea of swapping between sets of them, except he did it with two whole pallets instead of the rinky dink 3 for the sake of your dumb dumb mind-think thing in your head. If they kept the original pallet system and just swapped between 3 full sets I would have been totally fine with this. It would have seemed outright like an amazing addition that added more strategy and combo potential especially if enemies could use the same mechanic. but no. They made it super simple because people who whined and complained about how “complex” the UI was when, like you said, XC1 was pretty easy as is.

    Second complaint I had was how they reduced the importance of movement in battle. In XCX if you weren’t moving you were probably doing something wrong. But now, you can’t auto-attack while moving at all, which doesn’t make sense because now arts feed into your auto attacks and you do more damage when you land an art after a full auto attack combo. It’s just dumb, because now you have to pay attention to something that has always been secondary and should never have major importance. So now we have this mechanic that is supposed to be the mechanical equivalent to background noise and this other mechanic that relies heavily on actual user input, and now the former is important and the latter isn’t because “IT’S TOO HARD TO MOVE AND THINK ABOUT ARTS AT THE SAME TIME!” because it’s apparently too hard for some people.

    Remember that “streamlining” is development codename for “We dumbed everything down” so the lowest common denominator would not get confused by our UI”. Honestly I hope the developers realize this crap and fix it with XCX2 or XC3 or whatever they do next because it does not look fun at all, especially since XCX was such an amazing mechanical sequel to XC1. This looks like they dumped all that for the sake of dumbies.

  38. Griffon lord Bob
    Griffon lord Bob
    November 18, 2017 at 6:12 am

    Shulk had 16 arts in xenoblade. His 8 normal arts and his 8 monado arts. Every other character had 16 normal arts and 1 talent art. In xenoblade every character had could have their talent art and 8 normal arts active while the others arts where inactive. You could not switch the normal arts you had active while you were in combat. This means that in the original xenoblade, Shulk had 16 active arts while all the other party members had 9.

    In xenoblade 2 the arts you have are tied to the weapon and the character that uses the weapon. This means both Rex and Nia can use a hammer and they both get 4 separate arts they can use. In a battle you can have 3 active blades that have 3 active arts each. This means that in battle every character can have 9 active arts, same as in the original xenoblade. In addition we’ve seen over 7 weapon types. This means that every character has at least 28 unique arts.