Xenoblade Chronicles 2 was a fantastic JRPG that rounded out the Switch’s launch year wonderfully well, and also went on to become the most successful game ever released by developers Monolith Soft. With the sheer amount of success and acclaim that the game has received, you would think that the next thing Monolith would want to do would be to follow up on it.
And they have, sort of. Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna- The Golden Country is a new standalone expansion developed which acts as a prequel to the main game, and tells the story of the Aegis War we see referenced within it a whole lot. But what about an actual, proper, honest-to-goodness Xenoblade Chronicles 3? Surely that is in the works too?
As it turns out, no. Speaking to Nintendo Life, Tetsuya Takahashi of Monolith Soft, the creator and executive producer of the Xenoblade series, confirmed that as of right now, there are no plans in place to continue the franchise.
“At Monolith Soft we’re constantly thinking of new things we want to create, and that, of course, includes the Xenoblade series, but at present, we have no firm plans for continuing the series,” he said.
Monolith’s new game is presumably a new IP, and it’s fine that they want to focus on that for now, but I do hope that eventually, they will return to Xenoblade. That universe is too rich, and the franchise too successful, for it to be abandoned right at the moment of its greatest success.
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is out now on Nintendo Switch.