Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition Delves into Gameplay, Reveals New Screenshots and Remastered Music

We find out more about Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition's updated mechanics and graphics, as well as the brand new epilogue.

May 2, 2020

Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition has been getting tons of new information, a gameplay trailer, and brand new screenshots revealing way more about the game. We also find out more about the epilogue, including the party and new mechanics. You can check out the trailer for the main story below:

There are tons of new screenshots showing off the enhanced graphics for both the cast and environments. We can also see some updates to the interface, including quality of life changes. For instance the new Affinity Chart (which is the side quest system) not only shows an NPC’s name and what time you could find them like in the old version, but now we can also see their trade and location.

Character outfits can also be changed using a feature called Fashion Equipment, which means that players can have characters wear their favorites while still maintaining the stats of your equipment.

As for the “Future Connected” epilogue, it will take place on the Bionis’s shoulder and two new Nopons will join your party of Shulk and Melia: Nene (the pink one) and Kino (the green one). Shulk also won’t have Vision any longer so he has to think carefully in combat. Meanwhile the party will be battling enemies infected with black mist, encouraging more enemies to enter the fray. There’s also a new mechanic involving Noponger squads (basically a group of Nopons) who join the party once you fulfill a wish for them and aid with an assist move.

Nintendo of America also posted a sample from Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition‘s remastered soundtrack. The track, the Colony 9 theme is one of the most well known pieces in the game. So hearing the new version really sets up the expectations for how the rest of the new OST will sound:

Here’s a video of that track (thanks to NinEverything):

And here’s the original version for comparison’s sake (thanks to Xenoblade Chronicles OST):

It’s hard for me to pick a favorite because they both sound so good. And that’s a testament to how well composed the remastered track is, that it can even compare to the original version. Hopefully Nintendo will make posting new tracks a regular occurrence on their social media alongside any other new info.

Nintendo first announced Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition for Nintendo Switch during their September 2019 Direct. After several hints at the possible release date for the title, a Nintendo Mini Direct that aired in March revealed the official release date of May 29th.

The original Xenoblade Chronicles released 2010 in Japan and 2012 in North America for Wii, with the 3DS port of the game coming out in 2015.

Allisa James

Senior Weekend Staff Writer for DualShockers. Loves JRPGs, artbooks, and anime.

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