Nintendo has shared a short passage from Xenoblade Chronicles screenwriter Yuichiro Takeda on their website today, which gives a behind-the-scenes insight into the development of the story-line for Xenoblade Chronicles 2.
“If I were to introduce Xenoblade Chronicles 2 from my perspective as part of the scenario team, I would say that this story has the most Director Tetsuya Takahashi flair to date” Takeda explains, “For this script, Director Takahashi provided us with a rich plot right from the start, and Kazuho Hyodo and I split the writing in half. I worked on the even numbered chapters while Mr. Hyodo worked on the odd numbered chapters. At the same time, Director Takahashi was writing the whole story himself. Then, the three of us all came together when we had our scripts. We built the script by leveraging our unique personalities and adding in corrections and revisions from Director Takahashi. This is very similar to the screenplay technique used for movies.”
Takeda also notes that his personal favourite is the story about Tora and Poppi in chapter 4, advising: “I love robots and I feel like this story fully reflects my infatuation with the Nopon. I hope that you all like it too.”
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