Xenoblade Chronicles X will finally be gracing Western Wii U’s, after Nintendo of Europe confirmed the game’s release date: December 4th, 2015.
— Nintendo of Europe (@NintendoEurope) August 24, 2015
Previously only available in Japan since April, Xenoblade Chronicles X – like its spiritual predecessor Xenoblade Chronicles – is an open-world RPG, with combat similar to the likes of the Dynasty Warriors series. Players can also pilot huge mechs called ‘Skells’, which they can use to travel around the map; whether it be by flying, or transforming into vehicles like motorcycles or tanks.
It’s part of the wider Xeno universe of games, originally starting with Xenogears (released in 1998 on PS1) which was developed by Final Fantasy producers Square Enix. A legal rights dispute between Square and the developers meant that Xenogears never got a true sequel. This spawned the creation of the Monolift Soft, who carried on the Xeno series with Xenosaga Episode I, II and III, published by Bandai Namco on PS2. Rumors of a HD remaster for the Xenosaga series even surfaced last year.
The Xenosaga series was originally meant to span 6 games, but poor sales meant that Bandai Namco lost interest in pursuing the series further. Xenosaga Episode III was the last we saw of Xenosaga, back in 2006.
Nintendo acquired Monolift Soft as a first-party-developer in 2007. It worked on various titles such as Super Smash Bros. Brawl, before rebooting the Xeno franchise with the critically acclaimed Xenoblade Chronicles on the Wii in 2010. A re-release of Xenoblade Chronicles even made it on to the 3DS earlier this year.
Not sure what all the fuss is about? Take a look at the trailer below to see what you’re missing.
Xenoblade Chronicles X will be released December 4th, exclusively on Wii U in North America and Europe.