Xenoblade Chronicles 2 on Nintendo Switch is bigger than anyone expected

Kelley Robertson
November 8, 2017

Nintendo announced in a Direct presentation that on Thursday, November 9 it will roll out free Zelda DLC to celebrate the pending release of Xenoblade Chronicles 2. In spring 2018, a new rare blade will be added, then a new challenge battle mode in summer.

Curiously, the various content drops will not be available individually, meaning that players will have to pay the full price upfront, even if they only want access to one of the expansions. Nintendo also released a spiffy cinematic Xenoblade 2 character trailer and revealed the game will be getting a dual audio track. On top of all of that, Nintendo revealed that Xenoblade Chronicles 2 will be getting a season pass that will support the game through most of 2018.

The first Xenoblade Chronicles for the Wii was a game that was not planned for a Stateside release-however, after a relentless fan campaign called Operation Rainfall, the JRPG eventually did make it across the Pacific. In Xenoblade Chronicles 2, Blades are artificial lifeforms that bond with Drivers to lend them their weapons and powers in battle.


Xenoblade Chronicles 2 lands on Switch on December 1. Blades have a wide array of support abilities that can affect the number of items that can be collected, open up new paths to explore or initiate other special effects. If players manage to defeat certain Unique Beasts, a tombstone will be left behind to commemorate the creature and allow players to relive those battles for additional rewards.

Players can preorder all the DLC now by buying a $30 expansion pass. They'll have more details on what the pass includes in the future. Nintendo have confirmed that there will be a season pass releasing alongside the game's release.

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