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Even though Xenoblade Chronicles 2 came out for the Nintendo Switch back in December, there are still updates being released for the Japanese RPG from Monolith Soft. It's rare that a single-player game receives a lot of post-launch support, but there's a new patch incoming and there's a list of things inbound for the large scale adventure title.

IGN is reporting that the upcoming patch will make it where you can play through _Xenoblade Chronicles 2 _with the New Game+ mode, which means that you'll be able to restart the game from the beginning, but keep all of your upgrades and skills that you unlocked in your original playthrough.

New Game+ will carryover the Driver levels that you've attained in the original playthrough, along with the gold you've accrued, the items you racked up, the awakened Blades you've unlocked, the Drive and the Blade equipment that you leveled up in your previous playthrough, along with the Town and Mercenary levels that you achieved. Additionally, the Event Theater content and the Unique Monster kills that you acquired in your original playthrough will also carryover.

The article unveils some spoilers for the story, so if you haven't yet completed the game but you're curious about what the new update contains or if you've already completed the story and you're still curious about the new content in the update for Xenoblade Chronicles 2, be warned that there are some spoilers ahead.

So one of the new features in the New Game+ isn't that everything carries over and you have some new challenges ahead of you, you'll also have the ability to acquire all new Blades from the Torna side, including Akhos, Patroka, and Mikhail.

The reason for this is that the developers at Monolith Soft believe that fun, entertainment and replayability trumps some of the storytelling restrictions present in the game. Besides, once you play and finish the main game, it makes a lot of sense to open up the game for people who just want to goof around and have some fun in Xenoblade Chronicles 2.

It's kind of a shame more games don't allow you to do this, where you can just kind of goof off and experiment with things. In a way, you can do this frequently enough with Bethesda's Fallout and Elder Scrolls games, but usually with the assistance of mods.

You'll also be able to use all of your acquired blades for Mercenary missions, and the new Reverse Affinity Chart will allow you to level-down Drivers in exchange for special items.

Other features for the newest update for Xenoblade Chronicles 2 includes being able to lock Blades so you don't accidentally release them, as well as being able to skip through cutscenes, play through an Easy Mode if you still need to further acquaint yourself with the intricacies of the game, and make use of a new inventory sorting option.

It sounds like the kind of patch that many gamers will appreciate if they just want to have fun with the game and not have to worry about playing a certain way during the second playthrough. Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is available right now as a Nintendo Switch exclusive.

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