Kotaku have produced a rather interesting interview with Tetsuya Takahashi this week at E3 in Los Angeles. There were a number of things discussed but what caught my eye was the fact that we are looking at a simultaneous worldwide release for Xenoblade Chronicles 2 on the Nintendo Switch this fall. Takahashi has also confirmed that the game is currently being localised by Nintendo Europe, which explains the accents.
For Xenoblade Chronicles 2, Nintendo is aiming for a simultaneous worldwide launch. Whereas Xenoblade Chronicles X launched in Japan eight months before it came to the west, the next game in the series is slated to release in all three regions (Japan, Europe, North America) in the fall of 2017. This allows the developers to talk about potential localization issues as they make the game rather than having to deal with them post-release. “We’re really building [the game] as we’re in discussion,” said Yokota. “Whereas for the past title, the Japanese version had already been pretty much close to completion when this [localization] discussion started.”