Xenoblade Chronicles 3 – main characters
Xenoblade Chronicles 3 takes place in a world ravaged by conflict between two nations; Agnus and Keves. The six main characters are initially two opposing sides in this conflict, but quickly realize they have a common destiny and must work together to defeat the real enemy.
The first batch consists of: Noah, the brave traitor; bold and dumb Eunie; and Lanz, a brawny adventurer. Their initial opponents are the kind and compassionate Mio; brilliant combat tactician, Taion; and Sena, a tiny person of great strength.
After merging, all six fight as a team in a quest to reach Swordmarch, a land pierced by a huge stone sword.
Next to these main heroes is a list of the Heroes who act as the seventh member of your party. While you can recruit a large number of heroes, only one can be in your party at a time. Quite a few have been featured on Direct, including Ashera, Valdi, Riku and Manana, Fiona, Alexandria, and Gray. Little details are given on their contribution, but Heroes have their own specializations. For example, Valdi is a war medic, while Alexandria is an Incursor who can deal more critical hits.
Xenoblade Chronicles 3 – combat and class system
All characters in Xenoblade Chronicles 3 fit into the classic RPG class 3: attackers, defenders and healers. But there are more specific classes in these broad categories. Examples offered by Direct include the Swordsman, who is a well-balanced striker who leads the fight; Zephyr, a defense specialist who can dodge and repel enemy attacks; Medic Marksman, able to restore allies and strengthen skills from a distance; A tactician who breaks down enemies and supports allies with paper talismans; Heavy Guard that uses powerful weapons to defend allies and attract aggression; and an ogre that can crush the enemy’s defenses.
Each character can switch between classes, and it is recommended that each character on your team learn multiple classes to ensure a good team.
Classes allow characters to use art; special abilities that are assigned to the buttons on the Switch’s face. Lacing Together The art creates combinations and fits into a system where you break and knock your enemies down before throwing them into the air and then crushing them back to the ground. Combining attacks together is a surefire way to destroy your enemies.
Fusion Arts takes this system to the next level by allowing you to combine two different arts into one attack.
The combat system in Xenoblade Chronicles 3 works in real time and you can freely switch between team members at any time. So far, at least from the material in Direct, it looks pretty neat and cool.
Xenoblade Chronicles 3 – Connecting Ouroboros
By far the coolest Direct disclosure is Interlinking; a skill that allows two party members to combine into an Evangelion-like mech / creature / thing called Uroboros. Specific pairs of characters are able to do this, and depending on which character is chosen as the dominant mind in the pair, Ouroboros’ abilities may change. Consequently, you’ll want to choose the right “remote” for the job. Bonding is only a temporary deal, so you’ll need to make the most of your Ouroboros before time runs out, but they can join chain attacks to create extremely damaging combos.
Xenoblade Chronicles 3 – Expansion Pass and Collector’s Edition
Direct also announced an expansion pass which will cost $ 29.99 / £ 26.99. Included is a new story scenario that will be released by the end of 2023. Upon launch, the pass will add “Useful Items” and outfit color variations. By the end of 2022, a new challenge battle, new hero and quests, as well as new outfits will be added. And by the end of April 2023, it is promised that there will be another new challenge battle, hero, quests and outfits.
With the launch of Xenoblade Chronicles 3 on July 29, the Collector’s Edition will be available, including the SteelBook artbook and case. It’s exclusive to the My Nintendo Store, so keep an eye on the website for pre-order.
Xenoblade Chronicles 3 was first announced earlier this year on Nintendo Direct in February 2022. It is the sequel to the beloved Xenoblade Chronicles 2, and while it is set in the future of the world depicted in previous games, it does feature a new cast and story.
Matt Purslow is the UK IGN News and Features Editor.