If you’re looking forward to the launch of Xenoblade Chronicles 2 on the Nintendo Switch in just a few weeks, this morning brought some new details on the game, including insight into the new world we’ll be exploring and how combat has changed:
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.
As a fun treat for fans who own Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, a free update on Thursday (the 9th) will open up a new side quest where you can snag a Rex costume for Link. If that’s not enough to get you prepped for the game, December 1st will also see the launch of special Nintendo Switch Pro Controller that’s Xenoblade Chronicles 2 themed.
For those of you looking beyond the main adventure and want to know what’s ahead, Nintendo did reveal an Expansion Pass for the game, that you can pre-order starting today for $29.99. This will give you access to all the upcoming DLC which will start with new side quests and support items, before eventually getting an all new story-based expansion (which we’ll get more details on later).
All in all, there’s a lot to look forward to with the launch of Xenoblade Chronicles 2 when it arrives on the Nintendo Switch on December 1st…will you be picking it up?