Shigeru Miyamoto has told investors that Monolith Soft the acclaimed development studio behind Xenoblade are working on several projects. Presumably they’re assisting with projects, rather than creating several new ones. However, we know they are working on Xenoblade Chronicles X and a mystery Nintendo 3DS title that we’ve heard next to nothing about. Here’s what Miyamoto said.
“As Mr. Takahashi previously said, our subsidiary, MONOLITH SOFTWARE INC., is working on several projects, and PlatinumGames Inc. has announced two titles for the “Bayonetta” series. It took time, but we are now able to develop software suitable for Wii U, and we would like to release new titles from now.”
Nintendo has announced the name of Monlith Soft’s upcoming Wii U project. The game is now officially called Xenoblade Chronicles X is scheduled to launch in 2015. The announcement was made during today’s Nintendo E3 Digital Event.
The Nintendo financial results briefing for fiscal year ended March 2014 says that Monolith Soft’s highly anticipated X will be coming to North America and Europe sometime this year. The document also has Yarn Yoshi and Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem listed, though both these titles release dates are listed as to be determined.
Monolith Soft, the acclaimed studio behind Xenoblade Chronicles, is currently recruiting for designers. The Japanese company is looking for planners and motion designers for their main studio in Tokyo. The planner position is currently marked as “urgent” while the motion designers is a position for someone who can work on character motions during event and battle scenes. Presumably these positions are for the forthcoming X on the Wii U, or possibly their 3DS game.
GameStop is currently selling pre-owned copies of Xenoblade Chronicles for $39.99 – down from $69.99. Additionally, if you use the promo code CAG16, you can get the role-playing game for $33.59. A few months ago, used copies of the game were being sold for $89.99, so you might want to jump on this deal if you haven’t yet played the Wii epic. Check out our Xenoblade Chronicles review here.
Acclaimed development studio Monolith Soft reportedly worked on The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds for the Nintendo 3DS. I’m sure most of you are already aware of Monolith Soft who developed the incredible Xenoblade Chronicles on the Wii. The team also previously helped out on Animal Crossing: New Leaf and The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. Monolith are currently working on X for Wii U and an untitled Nintendo 3DS game.
In a recent interview with Japanese publication CG World the development team at Monolith Soft revealed that the Kyoto team helped out with some of the graphics in The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, and more recently in Animal Crossing: New Leaf. The interview sheds some light on the company’s new studio in Kyoto, which was created so that the team could work closer with Nintendo. It genuinely sounds a great place to work.
Nintendo of America showed off Monolith Soft’s brand new game for Wii U. The goal of Monolith Soft’s new game is to create a large-scale open world that can be explored seamlessly. During the game you can ride the human-shaped robots. The new game from Monolith Soft will launch in 2014.
The wife of Monolith Soft Director Tetsuya Takahashi, Kaori Tanaka, also known by her pen name, Soraya Saga, has retweeted a tweet sent out by Nintendo that reminds fans that this year’s pre-E3 Nintendo Direct will air on Tuesday, June 11th. Based on her retweet, people are assuming that Monolith Soft’s first Wii U game, code-named “X,” will be featured on the pre-E3 broadcast. According to Nintendomination’s Tilmen, Saga retweeted Nintendo’s reminder of the January Wii U-focused Nintendo Direct, in which the first footage of “X” was revealed.
American retailers Best Buy and Walmart have both listed Xenoblade for Wii U. Could this mean that Xenoblade Chronicles is being remade for Nintendo’s first HD console? Perhaps not, as the game’s only released last year in North America. But it is, however, probably referring to Monolith Soft’s first Wii U game, which is code-named ‘X.’ Let’s hope this means that the studio’s upcoming Wii U role-playing game will be released sooner rather than later.