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Originally announced for this September, Xenoblade Chronicles 3 is officially set to arrive much earlier than expected. Nintendo and developer Monolith Soft came through with a new trailer and a release date announcement today, lining the next entry in the series up for a July 29 launch on Nintendo Switch.


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Check out the new trailer in English and Japanese:





More on the battle system and classes:


  • Battle with up to seven characters: Like in previous Xenoblade Chronicles games, battles start by facing enemies directly in the overworld. Players can control Noah’s party of six, as well as additional characters they’ll meet during the adventure. Each character has their own role in battle, which allows for diverse strategies.
  • Class change: Noah is a Swordfighter, specializing in close-range attacks, while Mio is a Zephyr, drawing enemy attention while evading their strikes. Thus, each character has their own class with their own strengths. Progressing in the adventure, players can change characters’ classes, creating a customized party.
  • New Interlink system: Each of the tag-team pairs – Noah and Mio, Lanz and Sena, Eunie and Taion – can make use of the Interlink system if certain conditions are met. They will then combine into a giant form called Ouroboros. Each Ouroboros has its own powerful move set, and deciding when to transform can be the key to winning a battle.


In addition to the standard release, Xenoblade Chronicles 3 will be available in a Special Edition through the My Nintendo Store. More details will be revealed later, but so far we know this one packs the game in a package featuring art from Masatsugu Saito with a full-color 250+ page hardcover art book and steel case.


Xenoblade Chronicles 3


Source: Press release




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