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Xenoblade Chronicles 2 – overview of the world, terms, characters

Posted on June 18, 2017 by (@NE_Brian) in News, Switch

Following its appearance in the Nintendo Spotlight presentation at E3, the official Japanese Xenoblade Chronicles 2 website opened. Even if you don’t know a lick of Japanese, it’s worth visiting since it contains four pieces of music from the game.

The page also introduces the world’s concept, some of the terms and characters used in the game. You can find a full translation of that below.

‘Arst’, world concealed by an ocean of clouds

There are numerous creatures living within the cloud ocean, this especially enormous creature is called a “Titan”
Humans have created a settlement on top of Ars.

* Note: Nintendo Treehouse used the term “Titan” for the giant creatures in the game.


A variant life-form born when a human touches a core crystal.
Blade are born along with a weapon, dedicating their existence to the human that created them and growing alongside them. They’re cleaving a path through the conflict.


Chosen human capable of bringing Blades into existence. Drivers can synchronize with the Blade, granting them access to a great variety of powers.

Rex, VA: Shimono Hiro

An energetic young boy working as a Salvager.
He meets with Pyra, and becomes deeply embroiled in the fate of the world.

Pyra, VA: Shimoji Shino

The partner Blade to Rex.
Possesses the power of flame.
Is headed for Elysium along with Rex.

Big thanks to Gessenkou for sending this over.

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  • Kenshin0011

    This game is going to be amazing, I just know it!

    • Fore

      Personally, I’m on the fence. That bit in the trailer indicates tragedy, and I’ve had enough of that for a while.

    • hi-chan!

      The music tho!!!!

    • TDude73

      If you’re really feeling it, Kenshin… you’re not alone. Trust me… I know.

      • hi-chan!

        But it’s not Reyn time!

  • Symbol de Au

    Funny, that (巨神獣) translated as titan is actually the same word used for the divine beasts in Breath of the Wild, just with the kanji for giant in front of it. I wonder if people would have started thinking that there was supposed to be a connection between them if they had translated it as giant divine beast instead of titan.

    • Fandangle

      I’m more curious why they chose the same word that they used to describe the Bionis and Mechonis. Is it the same in Japan?

      • Symbol de Au

        You know that’s interesting so I looked it up and no it’s not the same word, but it’s almost the same. It’s (巨神) which just means “Giant god” instead of “Giant divine beast/Giant beast god”. I can see why they went with “Titan” since they were basically giant gods in greek mythology. I guess they could have called the new ones(or maybe just Ars since I’m not sure what the others are called) beast titans or something, but they’re being consistent and it makes sense to me. I’m still just learning Japanese so it’s interesting for me to try and understand how, and why certain things get translated the way they do now that I can sort of understand both sides.

  • Zeebor

    I’m just gonna call the ‘Blade’s [STANDS] and be done with it.

  • metalpants

    On one hand, I’m a little disappointed in what I saw in the fighting system. At least in terms of effects/aesthetics, XCX looked way more flashy and cool… XC2 looked a little bland during the Treehouse presentation IMO.

    On the other hand, having played both XC and XCX (and this one somewhat blending the two in some ways) it’s hard to imagine Monolith making this (their baby) a sloppy end product.

    I guess I’ll have to wait for reviews or footage of areas/events other than what was shown during E3 to make a final decision.

  • Don Zaloog

    My most anticipated game of the year. I can’t wait to play it.

  • Fandangle

    I’m losing more and more interest in this game and I’m a huge fan of the series as a whole.

    The simplified Blade Arts is one thing, especially after how wonderfully robust XCX’s battle system was. but the translation is already looking like it’s going for the worse.

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Platform: SWITCH
Genre: RPG
Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Monolith Soft
Release date: December 1, 2017
OWN IT: 2 [I own this game]
BEAT IT: 0 [I beat this game]
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