Xenoblade Chronicles 3 coming to Nintendo Switch in September

It seems despite the announcement of the Wii U and 3DS eShops ceasing operations, fans of the Nintendo brand have something new to celebrate after all.

Earlier this month, the Japanese video game company announced the latest installment of the critically and commercially acclaimed role-playing game (RPG) Xenoblade Chronicles series titled Xenoblade Chronicles 3, and it will launch first on the Nintendo Switch. (Read: Nintendo 3DS and Wii U eShop retiring in 2023)

Scheduled to be released worldwide in September this year, the Monolith Soft-developed title will depict the futures of the game’s predecessors, Xenoblade Chronicles 1 and 2. In a trailer released in their newest Nintendo Direct presentation, the new game’s setting looks to be a war-torn world run by giant war automatons. 

“We are currently making final adjustments to ensure we create the best game possible based on everything we’ve learned from the past entries in the series,” Monolith Soft Executive Director Tetsuya Takahashi shared in a presser on Nintendo’s website. “We believe the game will be enjoyable for both those who’ve played Xenoblade Chronicles or Xenoblade Chronicles 2, as well as those who will be playing a Xenoblade Chronicles game for the first time,” he added.

Xenoblade Chronicles 3 is a new adventure bringing together the worlds of Xenoblade Chronicles and Xenoblade Chronicles 2 to take players into the future. While there is still some time left before the release of the game, I hope you’ll look forward to it,” he then finished. 

Each of the games in the main storyline series follows a different character. The first installment, Xenoblade Chronicles, follows Shulk, a warrior thirsty for revenge for the assault on their home. Published originally for the Wii in 2010, a definitive edition of the game was released on Switch in 2020. For Xenoblade Chronicles 2, the story follows Rex and his weapons, Pyra and Mythra, and their journey to find the famous Elysium. It was also released on Switch in 2017. 

Now, for the upcoming third part of the main plot, it takes place on Aionios and its two nations, Keves and Agnus who have been in constant dislike for one another. Main protagonists Noah and Mio who both come from the two nations, must put aside their differences to face a larger threat. 

On the other hand, three spin-off titles were also released in between, namely Xenoblade Chronicles X, Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna – The Golden Country, and Xenoblade Chronicles: Future Connected. Released in 2015, 2018, and 2020 respectively, it also tells stories of different characters per game but only the two recent games have a connection to the primary story. As of now, none can be said about the game aside from the details mentioned above. However, upcoming updates may be released on the game’s page soon.

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