The next chapter in Monolith Soft’s acclaimed RPG series is now being released earlier than expected.
A new trailer reveals that the release date for the game is now July 29, as opposed to the initially announced “September 2022” date. The game follows two protagonists, Noah and Mio, amid turmoil between the nations of Keves and Agnus.
The new trailer also reveals what this installment’s battle system will look like:
- Battle with up to seven characters: Like in previous Xenoblade Chronicles games, battles start by facing enemies directly in the overworld. Players can control Noah’s party of six, as well as additional characters they’ll meet during the adventure. Each character has their own role in battle, which allows for diverse strategies.
- Class change: Noah is a Swordfighter, specializing in close-range attacks, while Mio is a Zephyr, drawing enemy attention while evading their strikes. Thus, each character has their own class with their own strengths. Progressing in the adventure, players can change characters’ classes, creating a customized party.
- New Interlink system: Each of the tag-team pairs – Noah and Mio, Lanz and Sena, Eunie and Taion – can make use of the Interlink system if certain conditions are met. They will then combine into a giant form called Ouroboros. Each Ouroboros has its own powerful move set, and deciding when to transform can be the key to winning a battle.
And of course, a Special Edition of the game will be available via the My Nintendo Store, including package artwork from Masatsugu Saito, a full-color 250-page+ hardcover art book and a steel case. More details about the Special Edition will be revealed in the future.
Xenoblade Chronicles 3 releases for the Nintendo Switch on July 29, 2022.
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