Xenoblade Chronicles 3’s release date has been pushed forward
The Switch RPG sequel will now arrive in July
Nintendo has pushed forward the release date for Xenoblade Chronicles 3.
The Switch RPG sequel will now arrive on July 29, the game’s latest trailer revealed on Tuesday. When it was announced, Nintendo had said Monolith Soft’s RPG would land in September.
“Check out the latest trailer to learn more about the game’s story, characters, and strategic battle system, where you can team up with up to 7 characters,” Nintendo said on Tuesday.
You can watch the new trailer via the embed below, and find a screenshot gallery at the bottom of this story.
The new trailer reveals (in Nintendo’s words):
- 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.
The company also announced a Collector’s Edition of the game will be available exclusively via its My Nintendo Store, including package artwork from Masatsugu Saito, a hardcover concept art book with over 250 pages and a steel case.
According to Nintendo, Xenoblade Chronicles 3 will feature a story that ties together the futures of the worlds depicted in Xenoblade Chronicles and its sequel, Xenoblade Chronicles 2.
“A vast world awaits in Xenoblade Chronicles 3, the next game in the acclaimed RPG series from developer Monolith Soft,” Nintendo said in a press release in February.
“Players will step into the roles of protagonists Noah and Mio amid turmoil between the hostile nations of Keves and Agnus.
“Six characters hailing from those nations will take part in a grand tale with ‘life’ as its central theme.”
In recent years, Nintendo-owned Monolith Soft has contributed to the creation of not just the Xenoblade series, but also to first-party titles Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Splatoon 2 and Animal Crossing: New Leaf.