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Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (JP) is a direct sequel to Xenoblade Chronicles, releasing on the Nintendo Switch as the third entry in the Xenoblade series. The RPG was released on December 1st, 2017. It is a more story-driven game than its predecessor, Xenoblade Chronicles X, and its art style is more reminiscent of Japanese animation.
Torna ~ The Golden Country is a DLC set 500 years before the events of Xenoblade Chronicles 2. It was also released physically as a separate game marketed as a prequel to the main game.
- Rex - a salvager from the Leftherian Archipelago who promised Pyra that he would take her to Elysium, the supposed birthplace of humanity.
- Nia - A former member of Torna. She left the organization along with her Blade, Dromarch, to follow Rex in his journey to Elysium.
- Tora - A Nopon with no potential for being a Driver. He built and fights with an artificial Blade, Poppi, and follows Rex in his journey with hopes of finding his lost father.
- Mòrag Ladair - The Special Inquisitor of the Empire of Mor Ardain and sister of Emperor Niall Ardanach. She is the Driver of Brighid, the most powerful Blade in the empire. She joins Rex out of sheer curiosity about the true nature of Elysium.
- Zeke - the prince of the Kingdom of Tantal. He was sent by Praetor Amalthus to test the Driver of the Aegis. His Blade is Pandoria.
Torna ~ The Golden Country DLC
All the characters from the DLC work in trio rather than having the Driver as the playable character and the Blade as their follower. The player can switch between the two Blades and their Driver as its main playable character at any time.
Like the previous games in the series, the fighting centers around auto attacks and the Arts used by the playable characters. However, unlike previous games, the arts are determined by the Blades and not the characters themselves. Like in Xenoblade Chronicles 1, the party is limited to 3 characters during battle and the player can choose to play as any available party member. Each playable character has a special Blade that cannot be disengaged, as well as two additional Blades to fight with. Each Blade has four arts that can be leveled up with points earned by taking down enemies; however, the player is limited to three of these arts for use in battle.
Instead of waiting for arts to recharge over time, arts are charged through auto-attacks. By using arts, the Driver can raise the level of "Special Arts". Using a special art in combat will initiate a blade combo, which increases in tier according to both element of the next special art used and its level. Upon completion of the third level of the blade combo, the enemy is given an element orb based on the finishing element of a combo. This orb seals an ability of the opponent, at the expense of giving the enemy defense against attacks of that orb's element. Once the player has marked the enemy with enough orbs, they can unleash a Chain Attack and burst the orbs, causing massive damage. Five burst orbs will cause the party to launch an even more powerful group attack.
The player can also initiate Driver Combos via the status effects Break, Topple, Launch, and Smash. By using arts with these effects in the listed order, the player can temporarily incapacitate the enemy while increasing damage.
Like in Xenoblade Chronicles 1, the game reward the player for exploration as optional areas with extra rewards, Unique Monsters and side quests can be found in every explorable areas. Side quests also give additional experience points, gold and equipment as well as new rare Blades that can not be obtained via Core Crystals. This time, the experience earned in side quests is counted as bonus experience that can be applied to character when they sleep in inns which allow the player to choose their level if they gain too much bonus experience in their liking.
Era of Humanity
Long before the events of the game, a relic of unknown origin refered to as The Conduit was found in Africa by humanity. The Conduit was studied and eventually, it was discovered that it is a gateway between alternate universes that allow the use of infinite energy due to its connection to an infinite number of worlds. The Conduit was placed in Rhadamanthus one of the three towers used to support an orbital ring set up around the Earth. Around the same time, a collective of three artificial intelligence known as the Trinity Processor was created to protect and maintain the gate without the need of humans. The Trinity Processor was raised in VR to help each of its three component to gain their own independant personalities.
Rebel groups formed and demanded the complete control of the orbital Ring. To defend themselves, the Trinity Processor created numerous Artifices, machines made for combat and able to function without a pilot thanks to the power of The Conduit. Despite this, the rebels were about to win the war and as the personel were about to activate Artifice Aion, an Artifice able to end the world, one of the scientist named Klaus hijacked the Trinity Processor and used it to control The Conduit and create a new universe in order to save mankind from itself. This also sent most of humanity in parallel universes effectively ending the conflict and the few survivors would soon degenerate into Guldo after attempting to replace their brain cells with prototypes of what would become the Core Crystals.
Klaus was turned into a God by the power of The Conduit and half of his body would be sent to his new universe where it would be known as Zanza thus kickstarting the events of Xenoblade Chronicles while the other half was left behind, became known as The Architect, and wanted to rebuild the world as a mean to atone for his sins. The Architect created new living creatures known as Titans by using the now perfected Core Crystal Technology. These Titans would slowly evolve into a new breed of mankind while being able to give birth to a new species known as Blades whose role was to assist mankind and learn from them until they were able to themselves grow into Titans. Since The Architect used a veil of Nanomachines known as the Cloud sea in order to deconstruct the lower world and transfer its ressources to the Titans above, the back of those Titans became the only place where life could flourish.
Alrest's distant past
The new world now known as Alrest developed their culture around the link between Blades and the human who awakened them from their Core Crystal, also known as Driver. Eventually, one of the three core of the Trinity Processor, the one named Ontos, used the Conduit to be transported into the world of the first Xenoblade, leaving the two other behind. Time moved foreward and many nations were born on the back of the Titans. Even if wars between those nations were not uncommon, the world was still in a relative peaceful state.
This would change with the birth of an Indoline known as Amalthus. Amalthus was very faithdul and believed in the benevolent nature of the Architect, which was known as the creator of Alrest by now, despite living a very miserable life and seeing humanity betray his trust over and over, Amalthus still joined the order of the Indoline Paetorium as a priest and preached for the peace and love between humans. Eventually Amalthus withnessed a man he once saved killing a family of innocent for his own gain. Amalthus killed the man and started to wonder if the Architect really wanted his world to be in this state. Amalthus decided to climb the world tree alone, something no one ever did and speak directly with the Architect. Klaus was still remorseful for what he did to the world and after seeing himself in Amalthus, he decided to stay hidden even when Amalthus stole the two remaining cores of the Trinity Processor and interpreted that as a gift from The Architect.
The Aegis War
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 was first revealed during the Nintendo Switch presentation on January 12, 2017, the presentation only featured a trailer of the game in Japanese.
End of the soundtrack recording
On August 10, 2017, the Twitter account of Yasunori Mitsuda, a composer of the game, announced that the development team finished the recording of the soundtrack of the game.
On August 25, 2017, a new gameplay sequence was shown at the Gamescom 2017. The sequence put emphasis on the new battle possibilities that the new Blade mechanic offer, a new area was also shown and bits of quests could also be seen during the presentation.
On September 5, 2017, a dedicated section was opened on the American version of the Nintendo website. This section reveal new details on the story of the game and the characters featured in it.
Nintendo Direct (9/13/2017)
During the Nintendo Direct that was broadcasted on September 13, 2017, an extended presentation of the game and its world was shown and a collector edition was announced.
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Direct
The Nintendo Direct revealed a dual-audio DLC pack for free at launch. The trailer also revealed Pyra's alternate form, Mythra. The Direct delved into the game's systems explaining the functions of all the Blades, more depth in the combat and the trading mechanic.
Revealed on November 7 2017, this expansion pass will be available for purchase on launch day. The expansion pass includes the following
- Helpful Items Pack - December 1 2017
- Helpful Items Pack - December 22 2017
- Helpful Items Pack 3 - January 18 2018
- New Quests Pack 1 - January 18 2018
- New Quest Pack 2 - March 31 2018
- Poppi Buster - April 27 2018
- New Quests Pack 3 - May 24 2018
- Challenge Battle Mode - June 15 2018
- Crossette + New Quests Pack 4 - Jully 27 2018
- Elma + Corvin + New Challenge Battles - August 24 2018
- "Torna - The Golden Country" story DLC - Sptember 14 2018
On February 9, 2018, Tetsuya Takahashi announced new features to be added to the game via the 1.3.0 update. The update include a new game plus in which the player keeps their party level, their equipement and affinity charts for both Blades and Drivers, Blades themselves, items, gold, Mercenary Group level, Developement of Areas, content in the event theater and Unique Monsters defeated. The new game plus will also allow the player to resonate with the members of Torna and their Blades to use them in battle as Blades. The update also allow the player to dispatch and remove even special Blades from the party during their second playthrough. The Drivers also get further growth factors to unlock in the Drivers’ Affinity Charts during new game plus. The level of the Driver can be modified in inns, if the level is decreased, the Driver will get equivalent bonus exp to increase their levels later in new game plus. The update also add new features that can be used during the regular game like: the ability to lock Blades so that they are not released by accident, the Blade resonating scene is now skipable, the extended mini map now display the same icons set in the Skip Travel menu, a new easy mode.
On March 31, 2018 the 1.3.1 update was released. The update contain bug fixes and five new quests that are part of the Expansion Pass. The new quests added are: Nopon of Good Tastes, Cleared of All Charges, Beneath the Aurora, Upgrades and Tinkering and Most Awful News?!.
On April 24, 2018 the 1.4.0 was announced. The update released on April 27, 2018 contain the first Expansion Pass exclusive Blade, Poppi Buster, and a new Blade available for anyone on New Game +, T-elos, another Blade inspired by the character of the same name from the Xenosaga series.
On May 24, 2018 the 1.4.1 update was release. The update contain bug fixes and five new quests that are part of the Expansion Pack. The new quests added are: A Smith's Pastime, A Hat Fit for a Lady, Making Love Source, A Mercenary's Honor and Merclibay's Mightiest.
On June 15, 2018 the 1.5.0 update was released. The update contain bug fixes and a new mode containing challenges that allow the player to face powerful enemies or do special battles found nowhere else in the game. This update also add Shulk and Fiora as Blades that can be used in the Land of Challenge and eventually brought back to Alrest.
On Jully 27, 2018 the 1.5.1 update was released. The update contain bug fixes, five new quests exclusive to those who purchased the Expansion Pack, a new rare Blade and various other changes. The new quests added are: Booster’s Sunken Ship, The Popular Pastry Chef, Master Craftsman’s Accessory, Hot Spring Vacation In Mor Ardain, and Mysterious Activation Code. The new Blade is Crossette, a fire Blade that serves as a healer. Additionally, the new difficulty mode, Bringer of Chaos was added alongside a custom difficulty mode that allow the player to change 10 parameter of difficulty however they want. An option to have "You Will Know Our Names" play when fighting an Unique Monster alongside Fiora or/and Shulk was added.
On August 24, 2018 the 1.5.2 update was released. The update contain bug fixes and two new Blades exclusive to those who purchased the Expansion Pack. One of the two Blades is Elma from Xenoblade Chronicles X who can be obtained by completing the new Otherworldly Fighter challenge mission and eventually brought back to Alrest. The second one, Corvin can be obtained through the Divine Core Crystal, which can be obtained in the Argentum Trade Guild where it is given by Sorinosori.
Torna ~ The Golden Country/2.0.0
Torna ~ The Golden Country is the name of the story DLC first announced during Nintendo's E3 2018 presentation. This DLC let you play during the Aegis War 500 years before the events of the game with characters that were important during this timeframe like Addam, the legendary hero of the Kingdom of Torna. The DLC released on September 14, 2018.
As of the end of December 2017, Xenoblade Chronicles 2 sold 1.06 milion copies which marks the first time that a game in the Xenoblade series sold more than 1 million copies on a single system. As of the end of April 2018, Xenoblade Chronicles 2 sold 1.31 million copies worldwide. As of the end of June 2018, Xenoblade Chronicles 2 reached 1.42 million copies sold, which made it the eight most successful 1st Party Nintendo Switch game at the time. As of the end of September 2018, Xenoblade Chronicles 2 sold 1.53 copies worldwide.