Nintendo has announced that there will be a Nintendo Direct for Xenoblade Chronicles 2, which is coming out later this year for the Nintendo Switch. The Nintendo Direct will give gamers one last big piece of insight into the design and gameplay of the action-oriented RPG for Nintendo's new hybrid console.
According to Nintendo, the Nintendo Direct will commence on November 7th starting at 6:00 am Pacific Standard Time, which means you'll be able to check it out starting at 9:00 am Eastern Standard Time. The live-stream can be viewed either through Nintendo's YouTube channel or through the official Xenoblade Chronicles 2 website portal.
Unfortunately, we don't know exactly what the Direct will be about or what the developers will cover in this newest episode that wasn't already discussed in the last episode.
In fact, there was quite a bit of content and gameplay that was showcased in the previous months leading up to the game's release.
In the last presentation for the game, we learned a lot about the game world of Alrest and how in the realm of Xenoblade Chronicles 2, the various factions are located across giant floating continents. These islands are actually organic beasts that support and sustain their own ecosystems.
These various biomes across Alrest have their own day and night cycles, their own ecosystems, varying types of creatures to encounter, enemies to fight, and loot to gather up.
The previous Nintendo Direct also covered Xenoblade Chronicles 2's combat system in quite a bit of depth. It's not the easiest thing to wrap one's head around given that attempting to put it into words can get confusing, but the general gist is that there are drivers and blades and players will use the main character as the main vehicle for fighting enemies. The teammates, such as Pyra, will work as a Blade, enabling the main character, Rex, to utilize her power during battle.
The different Blades have their own unique abilities that Rex can use in battle, allowing players to mix and match their skills to help aid in a fight. Additionally, there are different types of Arts that can accompany the Blades, allowing players even further customization and depth when it comes to doling out damage and elemental attacks on enemies.
A lot of the combat nuances in Xenoblade Chronicles 2 were detailed quite explicitly in the last Nintendo Direct, along with the way players will traverse through the world of Alrest, how the team dynamics will work, and the general gist of the game's plot. I have no idea what else the Monolith Soft team could show that we haven't already seen, but I guess we'll find out when November 7th gets here.
You can look for the game to launch exclusively on the Nintendo Switch starting next month on December 1st. This will be the last big exclusive for the Switch to launch in 2017.