Play news Xenoblade Chronicles 3: Everything you need to know about the game before it is released
We’re a few days away from the release of Xenoblade Chronicles 3, the sequel to the cult J-RPG series. So let’s take a look at everything there is to know about the game.
What is the release date?
While the sequel to the RPG series was originally slated for release this fall, the developers surprised everyone in April last year by announcing that the game would finally be released on July 29 on Switch.
What is this sequel about?
This sequel will offer us from the end of the month to accompany Noah, Mio, Lanz, Sena, Taion and Eunie (the game’s new main characters) in a quest that already promises to be titanic. The title of Monolith Software invites us to wander through the green lands of Aionios, a gigantic seemingly peaceful world that is sadly the scene of a conflict between two nations: Keves and Agnus.
During exploration, players will be able to find points of interest, which will then serve as teleportation points. It will also be possible to get some kind of GPS guide that allows you to get to a particular place without turning around for hours. Finally, players all over the world will be able to visit settlements, villages accustomed to making gems, meeting characters, shopping, cooking and getting new quests.. In each of them we will find a Ferronis, a giant heavily armed mobile base in the form of a mecha capable of walking on the battlefield.
And the combat system?
The game’s characters are subject to several archetypes (fighter, protector healer), each of which 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.
Location will always play an important role in the efficiency of the art, and we can switch from one hero to another to best manage the terrain. By gaining experience in combat, party members can gain access to mastery of art or unlock the ability to merge art 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. Finally, if the grade group consists of six members, a seventh can join the party.
What can you expect from the soundtrack?
The soundtrack is by Yasunori Mitsuda, Manami Kiyota, ACE (TOMOri Kudo, CHiCO), Kenji Hiramatsu and Mariam Abounnasr. This third opus will be integrated as a recurring motif a tune played on the flutethis instrument is being announced as one of the main themes of this episode.
The game’s music retains this unique touch, specific to the Xenoblade Chronicles series, while tackling a new challenge: the integration of a motif played on the flute. This instrument is also one of the central themes of the game. Many other themes and elements have been hidden here and there in the trailer, and we will return to them little by little in the times to come. – Tetsuya Takahashi (Executive Director for Xenoblade Chronicles 3)
Our first impression
A few days ago we were able to play the first hours of this third episode. At the end of our gaming session, it seems clear that Xenoblade Chronicles 3 has all the cards on hand to give the Nintendo Switch another great adventure.
The opinion of
Far from the light tone of the previous section, this third part depicts a darker and more mature story that holds many mysteries, all told using effective interludes and an ever-so-enchanting soundtrack. However, the title does not turn its back on its predecessors in terms of gameplay, by taking up all their good ideas, while adding a little more dynamism through various new mechanics. Despite these qualities, it is more on par with the visual part that the shoe squeezes, with a rather low screen resolution, which gives a blurred aspect to the image. See you at least on July 29 for the final release of Xenoblade Chronicles 3, whose proposal looks set to be exciting.
What should Amiibo be used for?
If you have a few amiibos, know that they will all be compatible in the game and allow you to unlock some bonuses. You only need to have completed the game tutorial. Once this is done, you will be able to use all the amiibos you want in the simplest way. All you have to do is go through the main menu (available at any time and which will pause your game) and then select the “amiibo” menu. From there, all you have to do is take any character you have and place it on your joy-con or Nintendo Switch Pro controller. Be careful though, the rewards will depend on the character used and you can only collect them three times a day.
In Xenoblade Chronicles 3 you will be able to unlock two types of rewards using amiibos. The first and most interesting will be available using the Shulk character as it allows you to unlock the Monado sword in the form of a skin to be equipped by any sword fighter in the game. All the other amiibos allow you to unlock random ingredients at random.
Is there an expansion card?
Yes. In addition to a collector’s edition, the game will be eligible for an expansion pass. This one costs € 29.99 and its content will be published between the release and the end of 2023! And by December 31, 2023, players who have purchased the pass will be able to discover a new scenario.