Xenoblade Chronicles 3 will be a culmination of the trilogy. It’s been recently revealed that the upcoming Xenoblade Chronicles 3 on the Nintendo Switch will serve the role of being a culmination of the Xenoblade trilogy, but this won’t spell the end of the series according to the game’s executive director. Executive producer Tetsuya Takahashi stated in an interview with Nintendo that the first three mainline games in Xenoblade Chronicles games, not counting the spinoff Xenoblade Chronicles X, have similar themes and gameplay elements, which connect them as a trilogy.
A Culmination, But Not The End
This means that Xenoblade Chronicles 3 will mark the end of this trilogy, but this is more of a thematic end than anything. Tetsuya Takahashi clarified that his statement doesn’t mean that the Xenoblade Chronicles franchise has ended, instead, it marks a new beginning for the franchise’s future. In the interview, he stated the following:
Although some elements and designs from one and two will appear in this third entry here and there, there is no need to have played the first and second games to understand the story or how to play. However, since this is a series of works, the underlying theme is consistent, and in each case, the story unfolds based on ‘the relationship between foreign things.
He also stated:
I used the word ‘culmination’ earlier, but this title brings together all the themes that have been developed over the past 15 years since 2007, when development of the first title in the Xenoblade Chronicles series began, as well as the gameplay systems that have been developed throughout the series.
Xenoblade Chronicles 3 was first announced in February, to much hype and fanfare. Furthermore, the game was revealed to be releasing pretty soon. A JRPG featuring an automatic combat system, the game seems to be shaping up to be a blast. Furthermore, it was also revealed that an average playthrough of the game can be up to 150 hours.
Xenoblade Chronicles 3 will release on July 29th, 2022 for the Nintendo Switch.