News Xenoblade Chronicles 3 (Switch) - releasing on July 29th

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A vast world awaits in Xenoblade Chronicles 3, the next game in the acclaimed RPG series from developer MONOLITHSOFT. Players will step into the roles of protagonists Noah and Mio amid turmoil between the hostile nations of Keves and Agnus. Six characters hailing from those nations will take part in a grand tale with “life” as its central theme. Explore a new world that will connect the futures of both Xenoblade Chronicles and Xenoblade Chronicles 2, launching for Nintendo Switch in September 2022.

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Can't wait. They fixed character designs which I hated in XB2. I wonder how the battle system will work. Do we have any information if the driver-blade system will be back from XB2/Torna? I personally would love to see a completely new battle system.

As for drip-feeding - Just knowing that a new entry is coming this year is enough for me. I want to go as blind as possible ( maybe with the exception of how the battle system will work). I can see that they slowly reveal the main cast, but I quickly scrolled past those tweets because I want to be surprised in the game.
 
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Can't wait. They fixed character designs which I hated in XB2. I wonder how the battle system will work. Do we have any information if the driver-blade system will be back from XB2/Torna? I personally would love to see a completely new battle system.

As for drip-feeding - Just knowing that a new entry is coming this year is enough for me. I want to go as blind as possible ( maybe with the exception of how the battle system will work). I can see that they slowly reveal the main cast, but I quickly scrolled past those tweets because I want to be surprised in the game.
I had problems with the clothing of Rex, Pyra and Nia in Blade-form, but they are pretty good characters overall so I end up happy with them. This time they go for tamed but elegant designs for these main characters which is delightful to see. Meanwhile I totally expect some kind of transformation around mid or late game so Saitom may go ape-shit on those designs again haha.

I followed the weekly blade reveal back then but didn't watch the launch trailer, so I will probably do the same here: read some tweets, avoid over-thinking, and avoid launch trailer. The Japanese tweets are also way more detailed than those in English, so do avoid them if you want to know less. There is already one information released that has attracted many speculations among fans. Lore-wise, I bet this game is going to be even more interesting than the first two.
 
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Let's not forget about this abomination

Like you said, Rex, Pyra and Mythra are biggest offenders in bad character design, but some blade designs also left a lot to be desired.
 
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Let's not forget about this abomination

Like you said, Rex, Pyra and Mythra are biggest offenders in bad character design, but some blade designs also left a lot to be desired.
Yep, I totally forgot about her haha. Personally I think Mythra is not too bad, but I do think both Pyra and Mythra's costumes in Smash Bros are vastly superior than those in the main game.
 
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The title image was automatically changed due to website update. Now it is showing the new key art.
 
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Release date trailer. English and Japanese. Release date got pushed early from Sep to July 29th.



Japanese site outlines the three fusions of Xenoblade 3: world, characters and skills
  • the fusion form is called Ouroboros
  • by strengthening the bond between members, it would be possible to exchange their classes between each other


Ouroboros forms are designed by CHOCO



 
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New Japanese blog post
 
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10 years to live and fight?!
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Live to fight and fight to live in a warring world with a dark secret. Every minute counts for the soldiers of Aionios who are given a mere 10 years to live and fight. Join Noah and Mio, members of the two opposing nations at the center of this conflict, on a heartfelt journey to end the cycle of violence. A group of six characters from these nations join together to awaken the colonies of Aionios to the underlying threat both nations face. Traverse massive, fantastical sci-fi landscapes as you expose the true enemy pulling the strings behind the conflicts.



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Looks like Nintendo of Europe stops translating the Japanese tweets, so I start posting the fan translated tweets here.
 
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Downunder.
Monolith still insisting on that MMO-esque cooldown-based combat, huh. Practically the only thing I'm least excited about.
 
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I think the tweet meant to say holster the weapon, not withdrawing it.
 
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Translation note: The two countries should be reversed.
 
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The new You will know our name track is super hyped. Riku and Manana looks so adorable, and I want to explore that world now!
 
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That UI looks so busy lmao. 7 party members? Frame times won't be looking so good. :flare_woozy:
UI is also very busy in Xenoblade 2 haha. Many people turned off by it.

And 8 party members on screen if you count Riku and Manana separately. :blobevening:
 
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That UI looks so busy lmao. 7 party members? Frame times won't be looking so good. :flare_woozy:
Yeah the moment of truth will be when we see the performance once the game comes out, but bear in mind that Xenoblade 2 was kind of rushed and apparently was developed with hypothetical specs in mind for back when Switch wasn't released, plus it seems like the game was rushed in general. This time around, hopefully things should be different now that Monolithsoft is more used to developing on Switch so late into its lifecycle.

If the game does turn out to suffer from a bad framerate, then I'll have to eat my words. :p
 
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The map allows you to place marker. I think it will probably works like Breath of the Wild as people found that there are glowing pillars in some previous screenshots.