Xenoblade 3 May Be More Like The Original Game, Developer Monolith Soft Says

‘We’d like it to be more story focused again.’

Posted By | On 07th, Dec. 2015 Under News | Follow This Author @Pramath1605


Nintendo just released the follow up to their highly acclaimed Wii exclusive 2012 JRPG, Xenoblade Chronicles, on the Wii U last week. The game launched to highly positive reviews, with people noting its sheer technical scope and ambition, while also noting that the game failed to be as special as the original game was- if only because the original game was such a thorough reinvention of the JRPG genre.

A lot of the criticism was also leveled at the story and characters in Xenoblade X- which are generally viewed as being inferior than those in the original game. Xenoblade Chronicles X in general de-emphasizes storytelling and characterization to focus more on the open world and exploration. While it does what it does very well, many people do miss the kind of great story that the original game managed to tell.

Speaking to GameReactor, developer Monolith Soft’s Tetsuya Takahashi, the director of the franchise, discussed his hopes from a potential third game in the series.

“While Xenoblade Chronicles was a true story-driven JRPG, we took a rather different approach with Xenoblade Chronicles X,” Takahashi said. “You could say it doesn’t really feel like a typical JRPG: what really sets it apart from other JRPGs is that the game world – the planet Mira – is really vast. I’ve heard that some Japanese users who played Xenoblade Chronicles X said they enjoyed a more story-driven type of game. So if we have the opportunity to make another game in the series, I’d like to made another typical JRPG-style game like Xenoblade Chronicles again.”

Takahashi also expressed a desire about the kinds of games that he hopes Monolith Soft can bring to Nintendo’s larger portfolio.

“This is just my personal view, but I think that Monolith Soft should continue making the kind of games that can’t be made within Nintendo. As you know, before we were Monolith Soft we worked at Square Enix, so Xenoblade Chronicles is the result of those Square Enix influences combining with influences from Nintendo. Just as human civilisation has developed through the intermingling of different peoples and cultures, I hope that Monolith Soft can continue to develop further through having various opportunities to work with Nintendo.”

I think I agree with him on all counts.

Xenoblade Chronicles X is now available exclusively on the Wii U.

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  • HoistDude

    Both Xenoblade Chronicles X and Xenoblade are two of the best games I have ever played. They are both works of pure gaming art and BY FAR the two best JRPGs I have ever played. And, they are both playable on the Wii U since the Wii U is backwards compatible with Wii games.

    Who cares as long as they are already in the early stages to make a third awesome game!

    • Willians Santos

      Indeed my friend, indeed. Now for a possible xenox 3 I am okay with a more story driven as long as still still have X sci-fi setting style and large world to explore,

  • Nintendo Fan 4 Lif3

    I agree with his last few statements, and pretty much everything he said. Xenoblade Chronicles is basically Nintendo’s Final Fantasy, in a sense. It has those Square Enix sensibilities of majorly complex story and mechanics, mixed with the Nintendo flavor of accessibility and nostalgia, letting you live the adventure, wishing it’ll never end.

  • Excalibur_2102

    Surely I cant be the only one who would love to see another Baten Kaitos game from these guys? I doubt BK did half as well as Xenoblade did commercially, or critically for that matter… But there was a certain magic that I thought BK had though that maybe xenoblade didn’t. Don’t get me wrong, I loved Xenoblade as well in a slightly different way.
    Maybe something on the 3ds would work well for BK. I thought bravely default was great on there at least.

  • Sandman83

    I also consider both games true work of art and personally I think the last one in the series is the best game I ever played. I truly love them both because each one is a pearl in it’s own right. Whatever Tetsuya Takahashi will make from now I will buy it. 🙂
    And I don’t get what everyone’s on about, they use the silent hero aproach, but for this game it’s perfect (you’ll understand once you play it). I actually made a character that looks like me whit the same name, thereby making myself one of the last remaining survivors of earth in the game struggling to avoid the extinction of mankind.

    • Kaihaku

      Agreed, I’ve never felt like my character was a mute who didn’t partake in the plot. Always felt like an important member of the team and got plenty of limelight.

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  • Kaihaku

    Takahashi always seems to be overambitious and I don’t mean that necessarily as a negative… Xenoblade Chronicles X is a massive game, full of content, but on this side of it…it feels like some things were cut. Which is incredible considering the amount of content included. I feel like Monolith Soft really did aim for the moon and end up among the stars… But it’s left so many unanswered questions! I want more of Xenoblade Chronicles X (unlike most reviewers I thought the central plot was great)…a great feat considering how massive it already is!

  • Iftekhar Ahmed

    I really hope that Tetsuya Takashi has a Final Fantasy approach towards the Xenoblade Chronicles series. It’ll be able to provide him with a lot of creative freedom and a variety of lovable characters.

    • ninokuni13

      oh god no … plz no …DO NOT LOOK AT FINAL FANTASY while making the 3rd ..

    • Iftekhar Ahmed

      I think you don’t understand the context here. Each Final Fantasy is a standalone story. Xenoblade Chronicles seems to be talking that route.

  • Jon Idoncair

    xenoblade chronicles > xenoblade chronicles X

    I’ve played X before the 1st xenoblade and it was very dull in terms of story and characters, it lacked heart and soul

    then i played the 1st xenoblade and it was incredible, it amazed me how they removed so much for its sequel……why, just why, so sad


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