Nintendo and Monolith just released a batch of new screenshots, artwork and a new trailer of the upcoming Wii U exclusive JRPG Xenoblade Chronicles X.
The screenshots showcase three alien races, the Nopon, indigenous creatures that trade in caravans, the Ma-Non, a pacifist race able to master advanced tech, and the Baias, hostile to humanity and warlike.
We also get a glimpse on the Arms Companies that will support us during the adventure. There are quite a few, including the Sakuraba Heavy Industries, Granada – GG and Merdes & Co.
We learn that we can raise our affinity with a company by using its products to kill enemies. When that happens, new products appear on the market from that company. They can also upgrade our equipment using materials found on Mira, they can create new devices for us, and even develop special equipment with unusual ore we’ll uncover.
You can see a few screenshot of the Arms Companies menus in the gallery below.
A new piece of artwork also shows a lovely sniper rifle, while the new trailer introduces the basics of combat.
We’ll be able to use the following melee weapons: knife, long sword, shield, dual sword, javelin, photon saber, etc.
Ranged weapons will be as follows: assault rifles, gatling gun, sniper rifle, ray gun, psycho launcher etc.
Important stats to keep track of are TP (Tension Points), that are accumulated with auto attack, Inner level, representing the strength of the body of a character, and Class Rank, which represents the mastery of a specific class.
Controls will allow us to target an enemy, attack, lock target, switch target, lock sight on an enemy, switch weapons, use special techniques named “Arts” (each will cost 1,000 TP), revive an ally (using 3,000 TP), give instructions to allies, display the battle menu and retreat.
It’ll also be possible to do an emergency escape to a nearby landmark, but it’ll take 15 seconds to execute.