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Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Version 1.3.0 Is Set For Next Week

Good news for fans of Xenoblade Chronicles 2 as a massive new patch is coming for the huge JRPG next week. The latest patch will bring the game to Version 1.3.0 and includes New Game+ and also an Easy Mode for those struggling with the title. Here’s all the information courtesy of ResetEra (be warned there could be some spoilers)

Quality of Life:

  • Blades can be locked so they aren’t accidentally released
  • The Core Crystal bonding scene can be skipped (finally)
  • When the mini-map is enlarged, icons form the skip travel map will be displayed
  • Easy Mode is being added
  • A new sorting option for items is being added

Advanced New Game Mode:

  • Unlocked once you beat the game once
  • Torna’s Blades (Obrona, Sever, Perdido, and Cressidus) can be obtained and equipped Blades
  • Torna’s Drivers (Akhos, Patroka, and Mikhail) can be obtained and equipped as Blades
  • All Blades can be dispatched on Mercenary Missions
  • Adds new skills to Driver skill trees
  • A Driver’s level can be lowered at inns, granting more bonus EXP in battles
  • Bonus EXP can be spent on items, with one allowing you to hold more accessories
  • Things carried over:

Driver Levels

Unlocked skills for Drivers and Blades


Items and Gold

Mercenary Ranking Level

Town Development Level

Unique Monster Kills


*Quests, Heart to Hearts, Skip Travel Points, and Mercenary Missions don’t carry over

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Thanks to Fred for the news tip!



  1. “Unlocked skills for Drivers and Blades”
    This was the one thing that was going to keep me from playing new game plus and I’m happy we can carry that over plus all the other additions and Blades. Hopefully the other 2 we all want are low key added.


  2. Awesome! I need to best this game. I am right at the end in the World Tree. It’s such a good game. Maybe this New Game+ will get me going. I’d love to keep my high level and wizz through the game again, while collecting new Blades.

    Are the enemies going to be tougher? Because you can one hit kill most bosses and enemies from early on.


  3. i hope they get the navigation system right. wasting too much time trying to find things i can’t climb to. not fun. the compass thing is no help usually until you are about 2 feet away from the goal


  4. I beat the game a good couple of weeks ago, this stuff sounds awesome. Kinda wish you could get those new blades in your first playthrough but it’s cool. Though what I’m going to do is do new game plus when the new story DLC is getting close to release way later in the year. That way I can do all the new content in one go instead of picking up the game every once in awhile. Though one thing I really REALLY want, is repeatable Merc missions made to increase Blade trust. That’s one of the big things I want.


  5. Does New Game+ let you control what carries over? I’d like to not carry over levels, for instance, so I can avoid the biggest issue the original Xenoblade had with NG+: being too powerful and missing out on conversations that take place during battles because I beat the boss before everyone was finished talking.


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