Play news Xenoblade Chronicles 3: new pictures, battles, DLC …. the exclusive Nintendo Switch presented from all angles!
It’s July 29th that the JRPG Xenoblade Chronicles 3 can be played on the Nintendo Switch, a much awaited new opus, after another episode that had already seduced owners of Nintendo’s hybrid console.
The main characters have already been featured, as well as some other characters, but a Nintendo Direct completely dedicated to Xenoblade Chronicles 3 has just taken place! Opportunity to discover new images, to evoke again the different characters, the exploration, the creatures that live on Aionios, the factions or the battle system. For more than 20 minutes, the developers and Nintendo took players around to the owner without saying too much about the breadth of the world, the scenario, or all the possibilities related to classes and art.
Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Exploration in detail!
So the team started showing again Noah, Mio, Lanz, Sena, Taion and Eunie, the main characters. The latter come from two rival factions, but they will have to work together to survive. This will allow them to bond, something there will prove very useful in combat, but we will return to that. We also got a glimpse of the open world, which, like in the other opuses, promises to be huge titanic structures and quite varied environments.
This world is inhabited by peaceful creatures, but also fearsome monsters that can appear at different times of the day. The soldiers from Keves and Agnus will also not fail to cross paths with the characters as they are regularly in the heart of skirmishes. During exploration, players will discover points of interest, which will then act as teleportation points.
It will also be possible to get some kind of GPS guide, which allows you to go to a specific place without turning around for hours. Finally, all over the world, players will be able to to go to the colonies, the villages which is used to make gems, meet characters, shop, cook and get new quests. In each of them we find one Ferronis, a giant heavily armed mobile base in the form of a mechanicable to go to the battlefield.
A combat system that promises to be extremely deep
Beyond its open world, it is not its writing and especially its very complete combat system that shines on the Xenoblade Chronicles license. Result a sometimes busy screen, but which can be taken by hand fairly quickly. In Xenoblade Chronicles 3, characters respond to several archetypes (fighter, protector healer), which each has several classes (sword fighter, zephyr, healer-shooter, heavy guard or even troll), associated with the essential abilities called Art. These allow you to inflict damage, heal, send the enemy flying, put him on the ground or inflict on him status.
As usual, location will play an important role in the effectiveness of art, and we can switch from one hero to another to do better. By gaining combat experience, party members can gain access to master art or unlock the ability to merges arts to unleash more powerful attacks. Still with this flexibility in mind, characters can use an allied class while retaining their art. if they have been mastered.
The grade group consists of six members, however a seventh can join the group. These heroes have their own class and skills (Guardian Commander, Intrepid Force, War Medic), but you can only have one at a time! By combining all these aspects, we achieve a very flexible system that opens up several tactical possibilities. But that’s not all! In fact, duets of characters may merge into Ouroboroskind of very powerful organic mechanisms that are capable of triggering hell on opponents and participate in sequences. These mergers have their own progression systemand can therefore become even more powerful.
The detailed expansion pass
Xenoblade Chronicles 3 will therefore, in addition to a collector’s edition, have an expansion pass. This costs € 29.99 and its contents will be published between the release and the end of the year 2023 ! After the release, players will find a lot of useful things and new colors. By the end of 2022, the second wave will include arena challenges, new heroes to recruit and new quests as well as new outfits.
Finally, before December 31, 2023, players who have purchased the pass will be able to discover a new scenario! Finally, notice it all Amiibos released to date can be used to unlock various bonuses. The one by Shulk makes it possible to change the look of the weapon of a swordfighter character (the starting class of Noah) so that it looks like Monado, the iconic magazine from the first Xenoblade Chronicles game.