Monolith Soft announced during the Nintendo live-stream presentation for the Nintendo Switch that Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is in the works and currently slated for release exclusively on the Nintendo Switch.
The announcement was accompanied by a gameplay trailer for the sequel of the Wii game that came out nearly half a decade ago, featuring close to two full minutes of in-engine cinematics and actual gameplay. Gamers get to see some of the massive new areas to explore and characters they’ll interact with. You can check out the trailer below to get a look at the new JRPG.
The trailer starts by showing the main character running through the field while a giant monster of sorts moves and sways in the far distance. It easily gives the impression of placing gamers in a giant world with monstrous creatures moving about, not unlike what was depicted in Xenoblade Chronicles X for the Wii U.
We get to see some of the different locations that can be visited, including a grimy diselpunk city, where players can talk to NPCs, exchange items and presumably pick up quests.
Unfortunately we don’t get to see any of the actual combat, but we do get to see that there are other characters featured in the game and that transportation to get around the world is also definitely present.
We’ll likely have to wait until E3 later this year before we get some solid details on the game, but it doesn’t look bad.
In some scenes the art-style for the characters really stands out and the environments are rendered with a lot of wide, expansive areas that give the impression of a sort of limitless amount of free space to run around in. Of course, the story and gameplay is what will ultimately determine if this will be a smash hit for the Nintendo Switch. We’ll keep you posted on new info when it becomes available.