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Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Direct Reveals 20 Minutes of Gameplay, Expansion Pass

Nintendo Direct devoted nearly 25 minutes to showcasing the upcoming Xenoblade Chronicles 3, including lots of gameplay and an expansion pass.

One of Nintendo’s biggest RPG franchises’ next entry, Xenoblade Chronicles 3, revealed tons of gameplay and an expansion pass announcement.

Devoting its entire Nintendo Direct to the game, the company revealed new details about the highly-anticipated next installment of the JRPG series. Along with footage of intense gameplay and new characters and stories, the presentation revealed the Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Expansion Pass. For $30, the pass adds over a year’s worth of content, including color variants from launch day, two packs of brand new heroes, challenges and quests and access to the story expansion set for release at the end of 2023.

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Before this, Nintendo had revealed little about the upcoming title. Although it takes place centuries after the events of the first two games, Xenoblade Chronicles 3 somehow bridges the previous titles together. It also includes an entirely new set of characters, some of which were highlighted in today’s presentation. These include Noah, the off-seer, Eunie, the gun healer, Mio, the dual-chakra wielding off-seer, Lanz, the swordsman, Sena, the fighter with a wrecking ball and Taion, a tactician. Players will also have the opportunity to recruit additional NPC heroes to the team.

Xenoblade Chronicles 3 takes place in a world called Aionios, which is in the midst of a Civil War between two colonies, Keves and Agnus. Citizens of this world live shortened lives as a result but have a chance to extend them by killing in order to fill a flame clock that provides them with longer lifespans. A pair of groups comprised of youth from each faction join together after a strange old man in goggles approaches them, hinting at a worse threat behind the scenes.

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Doctor Who actor Jenna Coleman, who also voices the mage Melia Antiqua in the series, accidentally revealed the development of Xenoblade Chronicles 3 last year. During an interview, Coleman said, “God, when was the first game? Ten years ago? It was a long time ago, I did it pre-Doctor Who days and when they did the second one, they asked me to come back. And I think they’re going to do another.” Seeming to realize she said something she shouldn’t have, she added, “Common knowledge? Don’t know. Yeah, I think they’re going to do another. Not sure if I’m allowed to say that.”

Xenoblade Chronicles 3 launches on July 29 along with its Expansion Pass and additional content.

Source: Nintendo via YouTube

Julia Anderson is the Lead Gaming News Editor for CBR. She is a life-long gamer and bookworm, spending most of her childhood either glued to a novel or the computer. As a teen, she found herself deeply embedded in the fanfiction community and discovered her talent for writing and editing. Since then, she’s run her own freelance writing and editing business, Anderson Wordsmith. When she isn’t reading or playing D&D, RPGs, or stealth-based games, Julia is usually found imitating old age: drinking herbal tea in her favorite chair, crocheting, and watching a Shakespeare or Jane Austen adaptation with her faithful dog, Ben.

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