Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Direct Shows New Trailer, Gameplay

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Monolith Soft's sprawling open-world JRPG Xenoblade Chronicles 2 will have a $30 expansion pass that includes a bevy of post-release DLC.

First DLC drops will contain quests and support items, and eventually include a challenge Battle Mode where players will face powerful enemies.

The expansion pass, priced at $29.99, will grant access to the DLC packs detailed above as they are released and they can't be purchased individually.

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There will also be free DLC as well, with a day one patch adding dual audio options for Japanese voiceovers and English subtitles. Outside of the grandeur of Monolith's latest Switch-exclusive adventure, the game is another key opportunity for Nintendo to flex the season pass model it's used on past Switch titles like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. It'll be available for free from Thursday, November 9.

The Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Nintendo Direct presentation has just concluded, and we got way more than we were hoping for. Blades are artificial lifeforms that bond with Drivers to lend them their weapons and powers in battle. Other allies are designated as Support for each Driver, which come as either Tank, Attacker, or Healer, and help determine the Driver's class. If players manage to defeat certain Unique Beasts, a tombstone will be left behind to commemorate the creature and allow players to relive those battles for additional rewards. The big announcement was that the game would be getting a season pass, featuring everything from new modes along with main and side quests.

It's not now known what the quest will entail, how it will be unlocked, or even if it will require an update to the game, but we'll be sure to keep you posted when we know more. It's great to see that availability continue in the next, upcoming release, and it's a good sign when it comes to ongoing trends from Nintendo. The same day, the Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Edition Nintendo Switch Pro Controller will launch at a suggested retail price of $74.99.

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