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There was nearly an hour's worth of gameplay footage that was made available for Xenoblade Chronicles 2 for the Nintendo Switch, showcasing the game's exploration and combat from this year's GamesCom 2017 event in Cologne, Germany.
The video was posted up over on the Nintendo UK YouTube channel, featuring 52 full minutes of gameplay from the upcoming Nintendo Switch exclusive.
The video covers an all new area, and two of the reps from Nintendo of Europe explain that the core of the game centers on venturing around on top of giant beasts where the worlds are actually located.
The localization team explain that this particular location in the video for Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is located below a canopy of cliffs and foliage, so it's a lot darker than some of the other, more open areas that were demonstrated at E3 this year.
The video focuses entirely on the gameplay this time around instead of the story. We see that three of main characters engage in combat, and it involves Rex, Nia and Tora fighting enemies at around level 21 using their blades, Pyra, Kaibyaku and Kisaragi.
Much like previous Xenoblade Chronicles titles, there is still the auto-attack mechanic. During the auto-attack round, you can use the special attacks of the characters to dish out additional damage. While your characters are attacking the enemies, there's a fire symbol in the center of the UI on the right side of the screen. The fire symbol will begin to glow. The more normal attacks are used the more the special arts are charged. You can charge up the special arts to level 4, and then unleash a special attack.
You can also switch through the weapon loadouts, utilizing up to three different weapons for the character, and utilize the different special attacks, along with additional elemental effects.
According to the Nintendo team, there's about nine different move variations to utilize during combat by mixing the different Arts with the elemental attacks and the different weapons.
It's a little bit similar to Final Fantasy XV, so gamers should definitely be familiar with the combat mechanics of the game.
The team also talk about how, much like other Xenoblade titles, there's a strong focus on scale. We get to see how small the characters are compared to the very massive environments and sometimes equally large monsters.
The video also demonstrates the real-time day and night cycle, and how the light dynamically changes depending on the time of day. The goal in the video is to reach a distant city up on the mountainside. Similar to games like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild or The Witcher 3, if you can see a location in the distance, you can actually get there.
You can look for Xenoblade Chronicles 2 to launch exclusively for the Nintendo Switch in the fourth quarter of 2017.