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Xenoblade Chronicles 2

Xenoblade Chronicles 2

Update: Full patch notes added in below.

Original: Following a delay, Xenoblade Chronicles 2’s big update is here. Players can now access version 1.3.0.

As mentioned previously, this is a massive update that adds New Game Plus, an Easy Mode, and more. We’ll add in the full patch notes here as soon as we have them. For now, we’ve added in an overview of the update from director Tetsuya Takahashi below.

Xenoblade Chronicles 2’s new update will be launching tomorrow. Alongside that, a new set of useful items will be delivered to those who purchased the Expansion Pass.

Thanks to the Japanese website, we now know what items will be offered. Players will be provided with the following:

The latest “Production Notes” behind the scenes look at the development of Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is all about the game’s soundtrack. More importantly, however, is the fact that main composer Yasunori Mitsuda revealed that the full official soundtrack from Xenoblade Chronicles 2 will be released in Japan on May 23rd this year. The soundtrack will be released in three different versions:

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One of the key elements of Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is the Blades system. By opening different types of crystals (like Core Crystals), players can add new Blades to their party, including Rare Blades.

As their name implies, obtaining Rare Blades isn’t easy. Unlocking these unique characters have a low percentage. Monolith Soft hasn’t detailed the drop rates, but fans have now datamined this information.

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Monolith Soft recently announced a massive update for Xenoblade Chronicles 2. Among other things, version 1.3.0 is introducing a New Game Plus mode.

The expectation was that the new update would drop this week – and likely tonight. Unfortunately, it’s seeing a last-minute delay. Bugs have pushed the patch back to March 2.

We’ll let you know when the update finally goes live a couple of weeks from now. In the meantime, you can catch up on what the update will include below.

Following the original announcement from Japan last night, Nintendo has provided an official translation of the comments from Xenoblade Chronicles 2 director Tetsuya Takahashi about version 1.3.0. The news primarily goes over everything you’ll find in New Game Plus, but covers other aspects of the patch as well.

Here’s the full rundown:

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Xenoblade Chronicles 2 version 1.3.0 is landing next week, director Tetsuya Takahashi has confirmed. This will be a rather substantial update as it’s comprised of the Advanced New Game Mode and more. Continue on below for more, though be warned of potential spoilers.

A new video from Nintendo Australia provides some helpful tips for those who may just be starting out in Xenoblade Chronicles 2. Have a look at it below.


Monolith Soft president and Xenoblade Chronicles 2 director Tetsuya Takahashi recently met with Persona producer and director Katsura Hashino for a lengthy discussion. The two met for the very first time to share some development stories in an interview, which was published on Den-fami Nico Gamer.

Siliconera translated one interesting excerpt about the development struggles on Xenoblade Chronicles 2. Takahashi spoke about a great desire to improve the character models for the game, and talked about the reason why outsourcing was so necessary. With under 100 developers working at Monolith Soft, about half working on Zelda, and a few more needed for R&D, the company had around 40 of its own staffers available.

Here’s a part of the discussion:

In Japan, Nintendo sent out a special Xenoblade Chronicles 2 message. Director Tetsuya Takahashi wrote up a few words for those who are playing the RPG. It may not have anything earth-shattering, but Takahashi goes over how there’s more to Xenoblade Chronicles 2 other than just pursuing the main story, and mentions how he hopes that players will continue to be engaged with content from the Expansion Pass.

Here’s our translation in full:

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