It's strange to think Xenoblade Chronicles first appeared back in 2010. One of Nintendo's newer franchises, this action RPG series comes from Monolith Soft, marking the third chapter in the Xeno metaseries after Xenogears and Xenosaga.
Originally appearing on the Nintendo Wii, Xenoblade Chronicles made it's way to the Switch back in 2020, joining Xenoblade Chronicles 2 and the sequel's expansion, Torna - The Golden Country. Now, a third entry's on the way.
We'd seen previous rumours surrounding Xenoblade Chronicles 3, and the February 2022 Nintendo Direct finally confirmed it. So, if you're looking to know more, here's everything we know about the sequel.
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Xenoblade Chronicles 3 - Latest News
May 19, 2022
Nintendo have revealed information about one of the new characters revealed in Xenoblade Chronicles 3. This is what they have to say about Isurd.
May 16, 2022 -
The Xenoblade Chronicles 3 file size has been confirmed as around 15GB. That makes it the largest mainline Xenoblade Chronicles game yet on the Nintendo Switch. Not by a huge margin, but it's still just under half of the onboard storage space of a launch model console.
18 April, 2022 -
The Xenoblade Chronicles 3 release date has moved up to 29 July, 2022. That's more than a month prior to when it was initially slated to come release in September. This was confirmed by a new trailer showcasing the earlier launch date, while also giving fans another glimpse of squad-based combat and giant boss battles. The wait for Xenoblade Chronicles 3 just got a whole lot shorter!
9 February, 2022 -
Xenoblade Chronicles 3 is officially confirmed! Following previous rumours, Nintendo unveiled a first look at Monolith Soft’s latest during the Nintendo Direct presentation, announcing that Xenoblade Chronicles 3 will release this fall.
8 February 2022 -
Nintendo has confirmed a new Direct presentation airs tomorrow on February 9. Scheduled to kick off at 2pm PT / 5pm ET / 10PM GMT / 11pm CET, that's expected to last for "roughly 40 minutes," focus on Switch games launching "in the first half of 2022."
2 February, 2022 -
A prominent leaker has claimed we could see some Xenoblade 3 news coming from a Nintendo Direct this month. This isn't the first time we've heard rumblings of a new Nintendo Direct presentation coming in February; and now, Zippo - who correctly predicted Persona 4 Arena Ultimax's re-release - advised a new Direct could happen as soon as next week.
While Zippo states they're "not sure of the content at this point in time," they believed this would feature Kirby And The Forgotten Land, Splatoon 3, Advance Wars 1+2, Mario Kart 9, and a new Fire Emblem.
Xenoblade Chronicles 3 - Release Date and Platforms
Xenoblade Chronicles 3 will launch on July 29, 2022. Unsurprisingly, this will be a Nintendo Switch exclusive.
Gameplay and Story
Nintendo has confirmed this will focus on six soldiers hailing from two nations, taking part "in a grand tale with life as its central theme." Elaborating further, Nintendo offered this outline on the official website:
Bringing together the futures of Xenoblade Chronicles and Xenoblade Chronicles 2, this title will take players to the world of Aionios, home to two hostile nations.
Keves: a nation where mechanical technology was developed. Their armies are composed of units consisting mainly of combat vehicles. They use units of small, mobile weapons operated by soldiers riding them.
Agnus: a nation strong in ether, a magical technology. Their forces are built around units that specialise in ether combat, and they fight with small, mobile, autonomous weapons that use ether technology.
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