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Xenoblade Chronicles X

Trailer Showcases Vast World And Navigation Systems, 4 Player Online Quests Confirmed
by Justin Mikos on Feb 06, 2015 at 12:22 PM
Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Monolith Soft
Release:
Rating: Everyone
Platform: Wii U

Earlier this morning Nintendo released a promotional video for Xenoblade Chronicles X showcasing the expansive size of the world. The trailer begins with showing the player-created character (who can be male or female) landing on the outskirts of New Los Angeles after escaping an epic space battle. The first party member Elma discovers our hero and guides them back to New Los Angeles.

Elma and new characters Rin, a mechanic with monado hair pins, and a Noppon named Tashi narrate the video going forward. Elma walks us through New Los Angeles showing off the urban areas that include restaurants and shops, a garage housing all the Dolls (the mechs in Xenoblade Chronicles X), a large park area, and finally a residential area. A brief explanation is provided that there are different factions you can join up with.

Rin walks us through how to explore the vast environments in Xenoblade Chronicles X. She starts by directing us through the gamepad functions and how the map is divided into hexagons. The hexagonal grid is most important. One of your goals in Xenoblade Chronicles X is to create an information network by establishing data probes on the map. Once a probe is set, you can reveal information on surrounding areas such as treasure and monster data. Rin wishes us “good luck on getting 100%!”

Quests are returning in Xenoblade Chronicles X as well as the affinity system that shows the map of character relationships. The trailer shows you accepting quests from multiple characters throughout new Los Angeles including a burly guy named Vandam.

At this point we are given a walkthrough of each of the continents by Tashi. In addition to the starting continent, we are shown the forest, the desert, the arctic tundra and finally the volcanic continents. Landmarks are back providing fast travel destinations and not only can you jump across the environment, you can now dash. Two new features are added to make exploring the environments easier than ever. The Navigation Ball guides you to the waypoints you set on the map, while the Hover Camera allows you to survey the surroundings from above.

The Dolls are perhaps the most exciting way to navigate the environment. As seen previously the Dolls can transform into a car to travel the ground quickly or enter a flight mode to fly around. The trailer confirms that the Dolls can enter areas that you can’t reach on foot.

From here the trailer showcases off the large variety of enemies you fight from the human-sized alien animals up to the giant dinosaurs. We also get a look at the races that populate the world including the Noppon and new races like the Mano. The trailer concludes promising more information next time.

Xenoblade Chronicles X is now up for preloading in Japan, and from the product listing on the Japanese eShop we've learned the game will feature 4 player online quests. Siliconera confirms there will be a 32 player online mode where you can exchange information and items.

[Source : Nintendo, Siliconera]