Nintendo has announced that Xenoblade Chronicles 2 will be receiving a substantial update soon, one that will likely entice those who already completed their journey to Elysium right back into the adventure all over again. You need not have purchased the Expansion Pass for this neat addition either.

Version 1.3.0 of the game is expected to arrive in mid-February, both addressing a bug that surfaced in the last update and adding the long coveted second playthrough: Xenoblade 2‘s own “New Game+” mode.

In the production note posted on Nintendo of Japan’s website, Monolith Soft director Tetsuya Takahashi notes that “there is a bug in certain instances during and after Chapter 7 where a Blade linked with a specific Driver disappears from the Blade List (it only disappears from the list, the Blade itself does not disappear).” Takahashi assures readers that this will be corrected once the new update drops next month.

With that update comes “Advanced New Game Mode,” which will add a second game file with increased difficulty settings. It was previously reported by the developer that an upcoming New Game+ feature would allow Driver-exclusive Blades such as Pyra and Dromarch to go on Mercenary Quests, and that players will be able to obtain “those Blades” the second time around. At this time, no specifics are offered as to who these alluded Blades are, but some suspect that it could include those used by the Torna organization’s Drivers. It is also unknown if any data from the original save file will be carried over into the game’s hard mode.

Are you looking forward to undertaking a second trek through Alrest? What do you enjoy most in Xenoblade Chronicles 2 thus far? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.

Source: Nintendo JP (via Gematsu)

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