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Xenoblade Chronicles 2

We’re sad to report that British actor Stephen Critchlow has passed away. He died at the age of 54.

Critchlow had a number of roles spread across television, theater, and voice acting. He has a strong connection to Xenoblade Chronicles 2 having voiced Bana in the 2017 Switch RPG. Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward, Dragon Quest Heroes, and the Killzone series were among the other titles Critchlow worked on.

Monolith Soft has shared a new piece of art for Xenoblade Chronicles 2, which was designed by the company’s Masumi Senoo. You can check it out above.

The artwork wasn’t released randomly. Monolith Soft updated its website today with information regarding recruitment guidelines for new graduates. The site won’t have much interest for fans of Monolith Soft, but we’ll certainly take any new Xenoblade art we can get.

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It’s been three years since Xenoblade Chronicles 2 launched on Switch. In honor of the occasion, character designer Masatsugu Saito created a new piece of art featuring Pyra and Mythra. We’ve attached the image above.

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Xenoblade Chronicles 2, which originally released in December 2017, is confirmed to have sold over two million copies. It currently sits at a total of 2.05 million units worldwide as of June 2020.

160,000 copies were sold in the last few months. The last official number we had was 1.92 million copies in December 2019.

Earlier this week, Nintendo revealed the latest sales for another Xenoblade Chronicles release. The May-released Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition is currently at 1.40 million copies.

Here’s a chart comparing sales of Xenoblade 2 and Definitive Edition:

Two years after the previous patch, Xenoblade Chronicles 2 has been updated again. Version 2.1.0 launched today, adding in Korean text.

Below are the official patch notes:

Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition is rewarding players for having played Xenoblade Chronicles 2. When starting up the game for the first time, a notice will appear offering free 100,000G.

Accepting or denying the reward is entirely up to you. However, it can’t be redeemed later on, so you’ll only have one chance to collect it.

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Xenoblade is in a much different place now than it was a decade ago. For quite some time, we weren’t even sure if the original game would be released in the states. Whereas Japan originally received the Wii title in June 2010, it didn’t come out in English until the European launch in August 2011. Xenoblade’s North American debut finally took place several months later in April 2012.

It was then in 2015 that Xenoblade Chronicles X launched on Wii U. The RPG was quite a bit different from its predecessor, emphasizing its open world and mechs known as Skells. Hiroyuki Sawano was also brought in to helm the soundtrack. Fans still enjoyed what Monolith Soft had created, and some hope they’ll be able to revisit the world of Mira one day.

The Xenoblade Chronicles 2 KOS-MOS figure has received a concrete release window. It’s set for launch in May 2020, and pre-orders are now open.

Below are some new photos:

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 has sold 1.73 million copies worldwide through March 2019. That news comes straight from Monolith Soft’s Tetsuya Takahashi, who shared the news in a crossover interview with Bandai Namco’s Katsuhiro Harada. Takahashi indicated that sales are essentially peaking at that number, which makes sense given how the RPG has been out for quite some time.

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 launched in December 2017. It was at 1.42 million copies sold by June 30, 2018. That number moved up to 1.53 million units by September 30 that year.

Thanks to PDApanda for the tip.

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Last week, Nintendo announced Xenoblade 2 Official Artworks Alrest Record, the official artbook for Xenoblade Chronicles 2. It was originally set to be released on February 2nd; however, Nintendo announced today that pre-orders for the artbook greatly exceeded their expectations. As such, the release of the book has been pushed back slightly to February 12 in order to meet the high demand.

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