Nintendo has revealed Xenoblade Chronicles 3, the long-awaited sequel to 2017's Xenoblade Chronicles 2, and it is scheduled to hit Switch this September.
Closing out today's Nintendo Direct, Xenoblade Chronicles 3 came as quite a surprise. That's because it showed a lot of imagery that looked similar to Xenoblade Chronicles X, the spin-off to the first Xenoblade Chronicles. Considering that's one of the last big Wii U games that hasn't yet been ported to the Switch, it seemed possible that today's direct was finally revealing that port. However, that's not the case because Nintendo and Monolith Soft are ready to move forward in the story with a threequel.
The trailer begins with plenty of flute – who doesn't love a good flute solo? – before jumping straight into the action. Of course, Noah, the game's protagonist, is seen fighting around the battlefield with a Xenoblade in hand.
From there, our protagonist and his party begin a massive adventure that seems to take them all around Mira (unless 3 takes place elsewhere). Like Xenoblade Chronicles 2 and the Xenoblade games before it, Chronicles 3 seems to feature a vast and open world.
Here's what Nintendo had to say in a press release released shortly after the Direct: "A vast world awaits in Xenoblade Chronicles 3, the next game in the acclaimed RPG series from Monolith Soft. Players will step into the roles of protagonists Noah and Mio amid turmoil between the hostile nations of Keves and Agnus. Six characters hailing from those nations will take part in a grand tale with 'life' as its central theme. Explore a new world that will connect the futures of both Xenoblade Chronicles and Xenoblade Chronicles 2, launching for Nintendo Switch in September 2022."
While waiting to learn more about Xenoblade Chronicles 3, check out our thoughts on its predecessor in Game Informer's Xenoblade Chronicles 2 review and then read Game Informer's Xenoblade Chronicles review.
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