Xenoblade Chronicles 3: Nintendo Direct Reveals Story Details and New Gameplay

Ever since Xenoblade Chronicles 3 was pushed ahead to release in July of this year (preponed?), we’ve been itching to get new infos. At long last, yesterday’s Nintendo Direct was entirely about the next entry in the JRPG series. A release date has been confirmed for July 29th, 2022.

For now, let’s go through the highlights of the story teasers and an exhaustive gameplay showcase from the Direct and discuss what we’re looking forward to the most!

The Characters and Story

Xenoblade games are known for their captivating narrative. Overall, they aim to give a look into the separate motivations and characteristics that define the inhabitants of its world, while still building up towards a greater narrative of grand proportions.

In the case of Xenoblade Chronicles 3, we’ve learned more about the playable cast: Two groups of three young adult-looking fellows that have to set aside their mutual hatred and national pride. They join forces and fight for their own cause, helping others in need in the process.

At first glance it may seem that the characters are shallow and easily defined by stereotypes. Just be assured that as the game goes on, they are likely to gain more depth and intricacy. On a last note, there’s no need to play the prior three games that released. I’d recommend it, cause they’re good. but not necessary to understand the overall plot.

Open World

Besides obvious talking points like “We’ve still got fast travel!”, or “Here you can buy things from merchants and accept side quests!”, there wasn’t much in terms of innovation. Which is fine, innovation shouldn’t be mandatory in that regard. In their decades of refining the genre, we’re certain that Monolith Soft will deliver on a competent open world.

Over the course of the trailer we’ve recognized some familiar scenery: A vast desert, mountainous green lands, and what looks to be a cliff-side beach. On top of that we caught a preview of a spooky-ambient forest and the red remains of another forest (possible volcano theme?)

Combat & Game Mechanics

Since its inception the Xenoblade franchise has been infamously associated with overly busy and hard to parse UI elements. At the very least, you might find solace in the fact that not every mechanic has to be understood to its fullest right out of the gate.

The freedom of customization goes a long way to cater to any preferred playstyle. Do you want your tank to heal as well? How about a DPS that provides their own buffs? With 6 (and sometimes 7) characters at your disposal, the amount of options appears to be outstanding!

The Power of Ouroboros

As a new twist to the combat, a pair of two characters can unite into an Ouroboros. A mech-like suit that combines their powers. I don’t know about you, but personally I’ve always been a sucker for this trope. Whether it be Power Rangers, Digimon, or Dragon Ball Z. The idea of joint powers that are funneled into the creation of a new being, thus reaching unprecedented heights of strength was always a hype moment to me.

Furthermore, there’s hints that the Ouroboros and its associated infinity symbol will play a greater part in the story. So far, the evil faction seems to possess machines of similar design, feeding off the souls of the dead. Without going into any wild speculations, we are excited to see how this will develop!

One of the Ouroboros’ design and skill tree. There’s three combinations with six designs depending on who’s in control.

You can watch the full Nintendo Direct on their Twitch or YouTube.

Are you in on the hype for Xenoblade Chronicles 3? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

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