Xenoblade Chronicles 2 News

Xenoblade Chronicles 2's massive New Game Plus mode update is due next week

Nintendo has announced full details of its massive, free new update for Xenoblade Chronicles 2, due to arrive on Switch next week.

Update Ver. 1.3.0, as it's called, is primarily focussed on delivering a New Game Plus mode. However, according to Monolith Soft's Tetsuya Takahashi in the latest production notes, New Game Plus is "more than just a way for people who have cleared the game to play through it a second time" - it introduces a number of key new features too.

For instance (the lightest of spoilers ahead, incidentally), when you play Xenoblade Chronicles 2 in New Game Plus, the Blades encountered in the kingdom of Torna - namely, Obrona, Sever, Perdido, and Cressidus - will be to able to join your party as Blades. The same is true for their Drivers, Akhos, Patroka, and Mikhail.

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Xenoblade Chronicles 2's December update will aim to fix its awful map

Xenoblade Chronicles 2's December update will aim to fix its awful map

And a free New Game Plus mode is due next year.

Nintendo has announced that Monolith Soft's superb Switch J-RPG Xenoblade Chronicles 2 will receive a sizeable update on December 22nd. It aims to fix some of the game's more bothersome elements, including its utterly terrible map system.

Xenoblade Chronicles 2's map is genuinely impressive in its uselessness, proving too large and too lacking in information to function as a meaningful navigation tool. Its fast-travel features are equally trying, buried beneath an endless procession of sub-screens.

All improvements are welcome then, and Nintendo's December 22nd update will offer two initial upgrades; firstly, Xenoblade 2's mini-map overlay will gain a new 1:1 zoomed option that can be triggered by clicking the L stick. "This will allow improved visibility of your surroundings and make it easier to check quest locations," says Nintendo.

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Xenoblade Chronicles 2 has a final release date

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 has a final release date

Coming before the end of the year - just about.

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 finally has a release date, with the sequel to the epic 2010 RPG coming on December 1st.

Monolith Soft's adventure was one of the last pieces to fall in Nintendo's first-party plans for the remainder of 2017.

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is a spiritual successor to the original Wii game, though of course we've already had one of those in the equally brilliant Xenoblade Chronicles X back in 2015. Will this all-new game reach the same heights? Tom saw it recently and came away intrigued if a little bemused by the complexity of it all.

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