Nintendo has moved the release date of Xenoblade Chronicles 3 forward to July 29 for Nintendo Switch, instead of its previously announced release date in September. A new trailer revealing the story background and battle system was also streamed.
This latest entry of the long-running role-playing series connects the futures of the two previous mainline Xenoblade Chronicles games and invites players to embark on an epic adventure with “life” as its central theme.
In the game, players will step into the roles of protagonists Noah and Mio amid turmoil between the nations of Keves and Agnus. Six characters hailing from those nations join forces to learn the truth behind their conflict and set their sights on Swordsmarch, a land pierced by a giant sword.
A Special Edition of the game will also be available via the My Nintendo Store, including package artwork from Masatsugu Saito, a full-color 250-page+ hardcover art book, and a steel case. More details about the Special Edition will be revealed in the future.
▍Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Release Date Revealed Trailer
▍Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Gameplay
Like in previous Xenoblade Chronicles games, battles start by facing enemies directly in the overworld. Players can control Noah’s party of six, as well as additional characters they’ll meet during the adventure. Each character has their own role in battle, which allows for diverse strategies.
Noah is a Swordfighter, specializing in close-range attacks, while Mio is a Zephyr, drawing enemy attention while evading their strikes. Thus, each character has its own class with its own strengths. Progressing in the adventure, players can change characters’ classes, creating a customized party in Xenoblade Chronicles 3.
Each of the tag-team pairs – Noah and Mio, Lanz and Sena, Eunie and Taion – can make use of the Interlink system if certain conditions are met. They will then combine into a giant form called Ouroboros. Each Ouroboros has its own powerful move set, and deciding when to transform can be the key to winning a battle.