It’s only been a month or two since New 3DS owners got their hands on Xenoblade Chronicles 3D, the mobile port of the popular Wii RPG, but they’re going to have to play quickly. The game’s spiritual sequel, Xenoblade Chronicles X, hits North American shelves on December 4, 2015. The game is a Wii U exclusive.
Xenoblade Chronicles X is a near-future sci-fi adventure in which Earth is caught in the middle of a war between two alien races. It doesn’t go well. In order to prevent the destruction of the human race, Earth’s governments evacuate the planet. Xenoblade Chronicles X follows the exploits of the American evacuees, who crash land on a planet called Mira, with one of the alien races still hot on their tail.
Xenoblade Chronicles X is already out in Japan, and reportedly, the mechanically the game plays a lot like its predecessor. Battles occur in real time. Players move the characters, but they’ll attack automatically, in a system that’s been compared to Final Fantasy XII.
Exploration is also a big part of Xenoblade Chronicles X. Players must journey across Mira recovering “stasis pods,” which contain other members of the human race; to do so, they’ll need to establish an electronic network called the Frontier Net, which provides information about the planet. Thankfully, Xenoblade Chronicles X gives players a number of ways to travel: in addition to exploring on foot, characters can also journey in “Skells,” or giant human-shaped robots.
Since its release in Japan, Xenoblade Chronicles X has been racking up positive reviews, and sold over 104,000 copies in its first month – for the Japanese market, that’s not bad. The game will be supported by seven DLC packs; four of those will ship with new characters, quests, abilities, and weapons, while others will be exclusively quest-based.
For RPG fans, it doesn’t get much better. The original Xenoblade Chronicles was one of the bestselling games during its initial release period, when it was up against heavy hitters like Mass Effect 3 and Prototype 2. That’s impressive, especially considering that the game wouldn’t have gotten an American release if fans hadn’t rallied and demanded one.
Xenoblade Chronicles X comes out December 4, 2015 on Wii U.