Nintendo has revealed a brand new gameplay trailer for Xenoblade Chronicles 3 this morning, along with an earlier than expected release date!
Well, it’s not often we get to report on a video game launching EARLIER than expected, so this morning brings a nice surprise. When it was initially announced during the Nintendo Direct earlier this year, Xenoblade Chronicles 3 was slated to arrive this September. Now, however, fans will be able to play it on July 29, 2022! Even better, there’s a new, gameplay-filled, trailer to go with it:
The latest entry in the long-running role-playing series, which connects the futures of the two previous mainline Xenoblade Chronicles games, invites players to embark on an epic adventure with “life” as its central theme.
In the game, players will step into the roles of protagonists Noah and Mio amid turmoil between the nations of Keves and Agnus. Six characters hailing from those nations join forces to learn the truth behind their conflict, and set their sights for Swordsmarch, a land pierced by a giant sword.
The new trailer for the game reveals the background of the group’s journey in Aionios, a vast and sublime natural world, and reveals new details about the battle system:
Battle with up to seven characters: Like in previous Xenoblade Chronicles games, battles start by facing enemies directly in the overworld. Players can control Noah’s party of six, as well as additional characters they’ll meet during the adventure. Each character has their own role in battle, which allows for diverse strategies.
Class change: Noah is a Swordfighter, specializing in close-range attacks, while Mio is a Zephyr, drawing enemy attention while evading their strikes. Thus, each character has their own class with their own strengths. Progressing in the adventure, players can change characters’ classes, creating a customized party.
New Interlink system: Each of the tag-team pairs – Noah and Mio, Lanz and Sena, Eunie and Taion – can make use of the Interlink system if certain conditions are met. They will then combine into a giant form called Ouroboros. Each Ouroboros has its own powerful move set, and deciding when to transform can be the key to winning a battle.
Nintendo has also announced the Xenoblade Chronicles 3 special edition, which will include new artwork in a steelcase pluse a 250 page artbook. It sounds like there will be some more too, but those details are coming later. Either way, the Special Edition will only be available through the My Nintendo Store.