A new feature of Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition has been revealed, time attack battle challenges.
The news comes via a series of tweets from the game’s Japanese Twitter account [1, 2, 3, 4, 5]. Using Twitter’s in-built Google Translate translation, we have learned of a new Time Attack mode being added to the game.
Accessed from special gates around the world, players can access challenges presented by the Nopon Archsage (translation: Silicon Era), possible the same one from the challenge battles in Xenoblade Chronicles 2.
As the name may imply, players are tasked with defeating a set of monsters as quickly as possible. The challenges available depend on the player’s progress in the story. Free challenges proceed as usual, while limited challenges have special conditions. Some battles may have multiple waves of monsters.
If players do well enough, they can earn Nopon Crystals. These can be exchanged for equipment and gems. Some equipment is also brand new. A gallery of of some of this new gear can be seen below.
You can find the rundown (via Nintendo) below.
Join the fight between man and machine in the definitive edition of this critically-acclaimed RPG
Discover the origins of Shulk as he and his companions clash against a seemingly-unstoppable mechanical menace. Wield a future-seeing blade, chain together attacks, and carefully position your party members in strategic, real-time combat as you journey across a massive world.
During an attack from the mechanical invaders known as the Mechon, Shulk discovers that he can tap into the full power of a mysterious blade known as the Monado. With the mighty Monado in hand, Shulk sets out to defeat the Mechon once and for all.
In addition to the Mechon, you’ll run into wildlife that ranges from docile to deadly. Keep an eye on what attracts monsters’ attention to avoid unwanted conflict…or try your hand at bringing down an ultra-powerful Unique Monster.
Upgrade your party as you progress through the adventure by selecting equipment, enhancing weapon skills, and using benefit-granting gems. Put your dependable companions to work by filling the party gauge to trigger a Chain Attack and attack enemies in quick succession!
In case you missed it, Nintendo recently shared new trailers (highlighting gameplay, main characters), screenshots, and information about the game and the Future Connected scenario. Nintendo of Japan also shared new screenshots and character renders.
Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition launches May 29th for Nintendo Switch.