The latest Nintendo Direct revealed the release data for Xenoblade Chronicles 2, the third installment in the popular Japanese RPG series.
The Nintendo livestream also revealed that the game will be available in a limited special edition that bundles various bonuses with a copy of Xenoblade Chronicles 2.
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Release Date
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 has been on the dock for Nintendo Switch for some time, but there was no previous information on when the open-world RPG will arrive for the hybrid console. The latest Nintendo Direct finally confirmed that the game will be arriving this year, specifically on Dec. 1.
The RPG, which will feature English voices, will move away from the art style of Xenoblade Chronicles X for the Nintendo Wii U and will look more similar to the first Xenoblade Chronicles for the Nintendo Wii.
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 will tell the story of a scavenger named Rex and his Blade, a living weapon named Pyra, as they try to save the world of Alrest. The world is covered with clouds, where massive creatures known as Titans live. Humans, meanwhile, live on the back of Titans, with a smaller Titan named Azurda being the home of Rex.
Like the other games in the series, Xenoblade Chronicles 2 combines technology with magic, as seen in the combat system. Blades lend their strength to the player's characters, known as Drivers, and the synergy between Blades and Drivers is the root of the depth of the RPG's gameplay.
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Special Edition
The Nintendo Direct livestream revealed that Xenoblade Chronicles 2 will come in a limited special edition that will carry a price tag of $100. In addition to a physical copy of the game, the bundle includes a soundtrack CD, a special steelbook case, and a 220-page art book.
There will also be a Xenoblade-themed Nintendo Switch Pro controller, which will also be released on Dec. 1. The controller will be sold for $75.
Nintendo Switch Games On The Way
The latest Nintendo Direct also revealed that the 2016 reboot of Doom and Wolfenstein II are coming to the Nintendo Switch to join The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim as the Bethesda games that will be available on the hybrid console.
Also featured in the Nintendo livestream is Project Octopath Traveler, another Nintendo Switch-exclusive RPG by Square Enix that will be released next year. The game is being developed by the team behind the massively popular Bravely Default, which was released for the Nintendo 3DS.