The Nintendo Treehouse brought us some great looks at several amazing games today, and that includes the upcoming Xenoblade Chronicles 2. After surprising many of us by confirming that it is still planned to release this year, the Big N gave us an extensive look at the game’s combat, characters, and world, all of which to have changed quite a bit from the original Xenoblade and even its X successor. The entire demonstration lasted just over forty minutes, and you can check it all out in the video above!
Xenoblade Chronicles 2‘s setting and style are definitely more reminiscent of the original Xenoblade Chronicles rather than X. The game is set in a world where cities and biomes exist on the back of massive titans that traverse a sea of clouds, with no natural land in sight—save for one massive tree, the World Tree, that exists off in the distances. This will be more a story-driven adventure as well, rather than X’s exploration-driven world, which the developers confirmed is the main reason this game is XC2, rather than XCX2. It will follow the journey of Rex and the Blade Pyra, the spirit of his sword, as they attempt to reach the land of Elysium, “the ultimate paradise for all of humanity.”
What has changed from the preceding Xenoblades is the combat system. The arts palette has been greatly simplified, no longer existing as a menu at the bottom of the screen but instead having a set of arts mapped to the face buttons of the right Joy-Con. It sounds like arts are now tied to a character’s weapon, however, and Rex will be getting multiple different Blades (which don’t always take the form of swords) as the game progresses. You’ll be able to switch Blades using the buttons of the left controller, though, which will in turn switch up your arts. Attacking will power up and let you use your arts, and using your arts will in turn power up Pyra, allowing her to dish out special effects. Other party members will have similar relationships with Blades of their own.
There’s a lot more information doled out throughout the entire video, so if you’re at all interested in Xenoblade Chronicles 2, make sure you check it out! Having adored both the original and X, I can safely say that this is one of my most anticipated games of the year, and I’m hyped to see more as the E3 Treehouse stream continues over the next few days. What about you guys?