Xenoblade Chronicles 2

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This article is about the upcoming sequel to Xenoblade Chronicles. For information about the actual second title in the Xenoblade Chronicles series, see Xenoblade Chronicles X.
Xenoblade Chronicles 2
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Tentative box art.
Developer: Monolith Soft
Publisher: Nintendo
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Category: Action role-playing
Players: 1
Predecessor: Xenoblade Chronicles X
Successor: N/A
Release dates

December 1, 2017[1][2][3]











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Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is an action role-playing game in development for Nintendo Switch, slated for release in December 2017. The game is the third overall installment in Monolith Soft's Xenoblade Chronicles series, and the seventh game in the Xeno series. While not a direct sequel, the game is a follow-up in the same style as the original Xenoblade Chronicles.

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 will also see a Special Edition release that includes a soundtrack CD, hardcover artbook, and metal game case.[1]



Nintendo website

Search for the ultimate paradise, Elysium, with your companion, Pyra.

Explore an endless ocean of clouds, where the last remnants of civilization live on the backs of colossal beasts called Titans. Experience the story of Rex and his new friend, Pyra, a mysterious being known as a Blade who grants him tremendous power. Together, search for Pyra's long lost home Elysium, the ultimate paradise for all of humanity.


  • Explore colossal beasts called Titans, the homes of different civilizations, offering expansive regions to discover.
  • Form powerful bonds with Blades, unique beings granting tremendous power to their users, called Drivers.
  • Features a deep battle system that builds on triumphs of the Xenoblade Chronicles and Xenoblade Chronicles X games.


The game stars a boy named Rex, who meets a girl named Pyra. It is revealed that Rex is what is known as a "Driver", who can unlock the power of "Blades", one of which being Pyra. Rex and Pyra set off on a quest to find Pyra's home of Elysium, a paradise where humanity lived long ago with a being known as "the architect".[5]


Xenoblade Chronicles 2 uses a similar gameplay style to the previous installments, featuring players traveling across large, explorable environments.[6]

Battles are similar to how they are handled in the previous titles, with up to three characters battling enemies automatically and having access to Arts that deal extra damage. Each of the player's core party members is a Driver, which can be equipped with up to three separate Blades. Each Blade has up to four unique Arts that are used by pressing the corresponding A/B/X/Y button, and the player can switch between Blades by using the D-pad buttons. Rather than having cooldown times on each Art before it can be used again, the use of Arts is instead replenished with auto-attacks.[7]


Nintendo announced Xenoblade Chronicles 2 during the Nintendo Switch Presentation 2017 event. Tetsuya Takahashi once again served as the game's director. The character designs for this installment were done by Masatsugu Saito.[8] Development began in late 2014, while Xenoblade Chronicles X was still in development, and was built using the same engine.[9] According to Takahashi, the game was titled Xenoblade Chronicles 2 as it was created with a similar focus on narrative as the original, as opposed to the focus on exploration with Xenoblade Chronicles X.[10]

The game's music was handled by Yasunori Mitsuda, ACE (Tomori Kudo and "CHiCO"), Kenji Hiramatsu, and Manami Kiyota, who had all previously worked on the original Xenoblade Chronicles.[8] Mitsuda was the lead composer for the game, writing all of the music.[11] Recording began by the end of March 2017[11], and involved over 300 musicians.[12] Audio mixing was finished on August 1, and overall music production was completed on August 10.[12] According to Mitsuda, the size of the Xenoblade Chronicles 2 soundtrack project file was over 1 terabyte (none of Mitsuda's previous projects had exceeded 500 gigabytes).[12]

Like the original title, localization for Xenoblade Chronicles 2 was largely handled by Nintendo of Europe.[13]

Technical details

Technical Details

Nintendo Switch Game Card
Digital download

Input / compatible controllers


External links

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  2. Xenoblade Chronicles 2 - Nintendo Direct 13.09.2017. Nintendo UK (September 13, 2017). Retrieved September 13, 2017.
  3. ゼノブレイド2 [Nintendo Direct 2017.9.14]. Nintendo 公式チャンネル (September 13, 2017). Retrieved September 13, 2017.
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  7. 7.0 7.1 Xenoblade Chronicles 2 - Demonstration - Nintendo E3 2017. Nintendo (YouTube; June 13, 2017). Retrieved August 14, 2017.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Nintendo Switch Presentation 2017. Nintendo (YouTube; January 12, 2017). Retrieved January 13, 2017.
  9. Tetsuya Takahashi's message on Xenoblade Chronicles 2. Post on NeoGAF (June 15, 2017). Retrieved August 13, 2017.
  10. Get up to speed on Xenoblade Chronicles 2’s world and combat! Nintendo UK (July 14, 2017). Retrieved August 13, 2017.
  11. 11.0 11.1 Xenoblade Chronicles 2 seems like it’ll have a bunch of music. Nintendo Everything (March 14, 2017). Retrieved April 17, 2017.
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Music Production Is Complete; 300 Musicians Involved in the New Switch JRPG. DualShockers (August 12, 2017). Retrieved August 13, 2017.
  13. Xenoblade Chronicles X's Director On Localization Changes: 'I Didn't Mind Much At All'. Kotaku (June 16, 2017). Retrieved June 17, 2017.

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