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Here’s What Was Announced During The Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Direct

In just a few weeks, Nintendo Switch owners will leave the familiar behind and enter the fantastical world of Alrest – a world full of living lands known as Titans and the fabled paradise of Elysium. To get fans ready for the Dec. 1 launch of the Xenoblade Chronicles 2 game, Nintendo presented a deep dive into elements of the massive game, including the vast environments, battle system and characters. This special Nintendo Direct presentation also revealed upcoming paid DLC, a fun cross-promotion with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, as well as free DLC available to download on launch day that will allow players to also play the game with Japanese audio and English subtitles.

“With Xenoblade Chronicles 2, we are giving fans yet another engaging adventure that can only be found on Nintendo Switch,” said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “This sequel is perfect for playing at home or while traveling during the busy holiday season.”

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Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is next in the series following the original acclaimed RPG that launched for Wii in 2012. This sequel features new characters and worlds, with an expanded battle system that will still feel familiar to fans of the first game. In Xenoblade Chronicles 2, Blades are artificial lifeforms that bond with Drivers to lend them their weapons and powers in battle. Main character Rex is a Driver and Pyra is a Blade. To help familiarize fans with main character Rex before the game launches, a new Side Quest will be available via a free update in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild game for both Nintendo Switch and Wii U systems, in which players will be able to obtain a Rex costume starting on Nov. 9.

In and out of battle, Blades have a wide array of support abilities. While adventuring, these abilities might increase the number of items that can be collected, open up new paths to explore or initiate other special effects. When players fight alongside their chosen Blade, they might trigger effects that protect the Driver, strengthen attacks and so forth. Abilities differ from Blade to Blade, so selecting different Blades adds to the strategy of battle.

Blades are just one form of life that players will encounter while journeying on the backs of the mighty Titans. In the vast world of Alrest, players will discover both peaceful and aggressive wildlife of all shapes and sizes wandering among giant plains, winding caverns, frozen kingdoms, scorched earth and sandy beaches. If players manage to defeat certain Unique Beasts, a tombstone will be left behind to commemorate the creature and allow players to relive those battles for additional rewards.

While traveling the massive world of Alrest, players will run into shining spots called Collection Points – which give players the opportunity to pick up valuable items or dive under the clouds to salvage hard-to-find treasures – or special landmarks that players can transport to at any time. Alrest is also teeming with bustling cities. From shopping districts to residential quarters, each Titan has its own unique layout and atmosphere.

Fans who want to expand their epic adventure can pre-purchase an Expansion Pass for the game in Nintendo eShop beginning today or pre-order it from select retailers shortly at a suggested retail price of $29.99. With this pass, players can enjoy DLC as it releases between the launch of the game and fall 2018, starting with quests and support items, and eventually including a challenge Battle Mode where they can face powerful enemies. This DLC will even include an additional adventure with a new side story set in the world of Elysium. Details about individual elements of the Expansion Pass will be released in the future.

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 will launch exclusively for the Nintendo Switch system on Dec. 1 at a suggested retail price of $59.99. The same day, the Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Edition Nintendo Switch Pro Controller will launch at a suggested retail price of $74.99. Launch day will also see the release of the Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Special Edition. This special version includes the game, a beautifully illustrated hardbound art book filled with 220 pages of concept designs and artwork of the characters, landscapes and objects from the game, a sound-selection CD of many of the game’s memorable music tracks, and a special metal case containing the Xenoblade Chronicles 2 game card at a suggested retail price of $99.99. Players who prefer the digital version can pre-purchase the game from Nintendo eShop now, either standalone or as a bundle with the Expansion Pass.

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  1. Shut up DLC haters you are all irrelevant asf This DLC just like Botw is “timed-honest” and it is more than welcome. Yes its ok if you dont want to spend money for it. But stop bitching and crying about it. as it should be FREE

        1. That’s stupid! It is a complete game, they’re just adding new stuff if you want it. They wouldn’t be making the DLC content if it was free, so they would wait an extra year for the same content as before.

  2. As long as it isn’t mikrotransactions and the DLCs are fine, I have no problem with this. But if it is anything like Fire Emblem Echoe’s season pass…

  3. Good thing it comes with the Japanese audio, the dub is fine mind you but I don’t like Rex’s voice in english, it lacks impact.

    The DLC pack seems reasonable enough, listen people, content in games gets cut all the time because of budget constraints that’s why DLC is made with a separate budget and as such it requires it’s own kind of revenue, I know it sucks to pay to get more out of a game but this stuff isn’t easy or cheap to make.

    1. Damn, you just sound like the very casual whales and shills who pathed the way for the current disgusting invasion of microtransactions and lootbox gambling that plague gaming as it is. There is a thing called delaying a game, they could have just done that and released a complete game with no season pass crap and just raised the price of the damn game.

      1. I talked budget constraints not time, delaying a game only increases costs after all they have to pay the developers working on the game, and are you listening to yourself right now? If they raise the price of the game to compensate for all content the agregate total might very well be the exact same as buying the game plus the DLC.

  4. So now we have their second game to have a season pass. Honestly I’m surprised they haven’t announced DLC for Odyssey yet.

  5. I’d prefer they just hold off for another year and just release a completed game with no dlc or season pass.
    Hearing about DLC and season passes before the game is even released just makes me not want the game at all anymore.
    I bit my tongue and bought BotW’s season pass but given how Nintendo is playing catch up with the current disgusting trend that other companies use to exploit the consumer now I’m beginning to wonder how long will it be before they shoe horn in microtransactions and pay2win lootboxes in their games as well?!

      1. You do realize no like you right, not even your mother lol:D
        I bet your parents had to swallow their pride every time they said they loved you, because deep down they knew you had an incurable abrasive personality rotflmfao:D

        1. All i realize is a moron who is crying about dunno how much..30 dollars dlc? And that guy want the game to be delayed 1 year so he can save 30dollars. Do you realy live up with your parents money and you cant efford or something?

          Once again. you and your Dlc haters kind Shut the fuck up.

          1)Crying about DLC-Price
          2)He gives stupid solution to the problem like “The game should delay 1 year and come together with he DLC
          3) Mention parents as a weapon to hurt the enemy.
          4) Doesn’t understand if Nintendo follow that Stupid logic of yours many other games will be delay too and then the Switch will remain without important games such as xenoblade or Botw because according to your logic botw should launch around Cristmas together with the last dlc.

          these are 4 reasons for why you are an Idiot. i can bring more reasons but im collecting Moons right now.

      2. I’m not gonna read your long ass essay lol.
        Btw it’s called not being a gullible shilling whale, maybe you should try it sometimes rather than wasting your time trying to troll someone else over an opinion that you can’t handle.
        Also just because someone doesn’t want to spend extra on a game they own doesn’t make them cheap, unlike you I actually work for a living and have bills to pay, you should try it sometimes rather than mooching off your parents like a leech.

        1. Keep your opinions inside your ass.
          The games only have to delay to fix the perfomance-fps to make the playlable. This is for the greater good for every gamer. Opinions Like “the games should delay 1 year to put inside the dlc too” its not a opinion. it is only a selfish bullshit. Your opinion is that you dont like the “DLC” This is your opinion. the rest is just selfish stupid imagination. not opinions.
          Also Shut up already but you keep talking? jesus these cheap bastards..are so annoying

  6. I just talked with the Nintendo customer service in US and they DON’T know if the DLC is going to be on both consoles. The video was saying “the owners of the game will be able to play the side quest to get the costume”. How do you know that IS actually going to be on the Wii U? I really wish about it (Wii U owner and not a switch one here).
    If it wasn’t the tips of the wild channel that only the switch owners enjoy, I would be sure that this free DLC will be on the Wii U version as well, but now I am not sure… It makes sense for it to BE on the Wii U because Nintendo promised that the gamers will have the same experience in both consoles (tips of the wild doesn’t give ANYTHING new-it only gives some items which can be found easily on the game- here we are talking about a whole new 3-piece of armor set AND a side quest). It can also serve as a commercial for switch owners to get the switch to play Xenoblade 2. On the other hand, it also make sense NOT to be on the Wii U since the Xenoblade 2 is only available on the switch and maybe there is an issue because of this (it is unlike though since all these games are Nintendo titles). We’ll see in two days. I’m going to send email and letters everywhere till I get a formal response from Nintendo if something like this happens and I cannot get the armor.

  7. Yay…dlc
    Atleast Mario odyssey didn’t go this route. Nice to know they aren’t going to do it for every game that comes out.

    The dlc didn’t kill my interest In the game. The combat system did. If it’s anything like x on the wiiu constant one shots, dying without being physically hit and no healing item for then I’ll pass.

  8. It hasn’t convinced me. Looks like a pretty boring game, qith a ppretty boring battle system and too much useless stuff on.
    Zelda was clean and perfect. Well…

  9. Hopefully I’ll have enough money left over once my 4 BotW champion amiibo ship from Amazon so I can pre-purchase XC2 & it’s DLC. Soon the 4 games of 2017 I want on my Switch will be bought & paid for, hopefully.

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