Monolith Soft is a company that has served Nintendo well since its acquisition in 2007. With titles like Xenoblade Chronicles, in addition to co-op developing of some of Nintendo’s most loved franchises (e.g. The Legend Of Zelda: Skyward Sword), it’s done a lot to add some faith in Nintendo’s hardcore gamer base.
Today, in a Japanese stream, Nintendo and Monolith Soft showed off the world in their latest upcoming game for the Wii U, Xenoblade Chronicles X, Gematsu reports. You can check out the video above for yourself if you’d like, but be warned that it’s in Japanese, so unless you speak the language, there are some things you may not be able to understand.
The 24-minute broadcast of Xenoblade Chronicles X showed a wide range of game details, not the least of which is the vast and expansive world. From the techie-urban world to the green wilderness and Avatar-esque forests, the game’s world is inarguably varied and colorful. According to Gematsu, the five continents that make it up are called “Primal Wilderness,” “Luminous Forest,” “Forgotten Canyon,” “White Tree Continent,” and “Black Steel Continent.”
“[The video shows] the game’s basic systems and exploration, including the ‘Navigation Ball,’ which guides players to their next destination, and the ‘Hopper Camera,’ which lets you see your surroundings from an aerial perspective. Players will be able to freely travel across land, air, and sea, walking to places accessible on foot, or using the Doll mecha to access areas otherwise inaccessible.”
The video also showed a myriad creatures. Some of these creatures, of course, are peaceful, content to just wander around their world, undisturbed. Some, on the other hand, are quite hostile and have to be fought. The crazy thing shown is the range in size between all the animals. Many are tiny, but a lot of them are enormous, dwarfing your character hundreds of times over. Needless to say, interacting in such a crazy world will be a joy.
Xenoblade Chronicles X is an online quest-based game where four players work together, all the while 32 players in total can communicate indirectly online for info exchange and item trading, Eurogamer reports.
At the very end of the video, Nintendo also teased a Wii U bundle, which includes a Wii U, a copy of the Xenoblade Chronicles X game, a 1,000 yen Nintendo prepaid card, a map, and art book. The price of the bundle is 3,5000 yen (about $295 USD as of today).
Xenoblade Chronicles X is slated for a Japanese release on April 29 in Japan. There is currently no U.S. release date planned, but that’s likely to come in the near future.