Xenoblade Chronicles 2
This article is about the upcoming follow-up to Xenoblade Chronicles. For information about the actual second title in the Xenoblade Chronicles series, see Xenoblade Chronicles X.
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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.
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.
Lead Rex, Pyra, and the world to refuge
Lost in a sea of clouds, entire civilizations rest on the backs of Titans. 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 the 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.
On the world of Alrest, a world covered by a sea of clouds, the World Tree is said to house a paradise known as Elysium. The people of Elysium were cast out of their city, so a person known as "the architect" sent them giants known as Titans to live on.
The game stars a boy named Rex, a scavenger. When he comes across a girl who has been sealed away, he is suddenly killed by a man named Jin. The girl, Pyra, who is what is known as a "Blade", gives Rex half of her life force to bring him back to life. At Pyra's request, she and Rex set off on a quest to find Elysium.
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 uses a similar gameplay style to the previous installments, featuring players traveling across large, explorable environments.
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.
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. Development began in late 2014, while Xenoblade Chronicles X was still in development, and was built using the same engine. 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.
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. Mitsuda was the lead composer for the game, writing all of the music. Recording began by the end of March 2017, and involved over 300 musicians. Audio mixing was finished on August 1, and overall music production was completed on August 10. 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).
The game's Japanese audio will be available as downloadable content on launch day.
An Expansion Pass for the game will be available to purchase on launch day, granting players access to five pieces of future downloadable content:
- Support Items For Your Journey (December 2017)
- New Quests for the Main Game (January 2018)
- New Rare Blade (Spring 2018)
- New Challenge Battle Mode (Summer 2018)
- A Brand-New Story and Adventure! (Fall 2018)
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