By Tyler Trosper / June 15th, 2017
Monolithsoft showed off Xenoblade Chronicles 2 with full force at E3 2017, revealing a trailer and sitting down for a full 40 minute demo with Treehouse. Joining the Treehouse demo, Executive Director Tetsuya Takahashi provided valuable insight on the game, but he also left fans a heart-felt message on Xenoblade 2’s official website.
Tetsuya Takahashi’s online statement:
A young adult story with a taste of boy-meets-girl. Lately it feels like all I’ve been doing are games full of devastation, like where your hometown burns down at the start, or the spaceship you’re riding crashes(oh wait, that is all I ever do). Sometimes I just wanna try something different!
I want to make something that people can look back on fondly one day as something that really shaped their lives. Something like what I loved as a boy, like Oliver! (by Carol Reed) and Galaxy Express 999 (by Rintaro). — That’s why I started working on this game.
I’ll leave the stories about the solemn old men and hot stylish guys to someone else(even though there’s way more demand for that stuff), and go ahead with this.
That’s what was on my mind around the end of 2014 through early 2015.
Yeah, we started while Xenoblade X was still in development. We’re building a whole new ‘Xenoblade’ title using the foundation laid by X. That’s the core of the project.
Some people think exploration is what games should be all about, while some are like “no no, story is what’s best.” Well we’ve got something perfect for both of those kinds of people: Xenoblade 2. And that’s what I wanted to tell you with my first announcement. Sound cool?
There are still a ton of surprises left, of course. I’ll be revealing little bits of information and riling everyone up all the way until release. And that was my June of 2017. (Wait, will we even meet the release deadline?!)
Furthermore, while discussing the game with Treehouse, Takahashi clarified the difference between the original Xenoblade series and the X series, stating the original series is more story driven whereas the X series is more exploration and online driven. Saying as such, I hope that means we’ll be seeing the X series again.
Despite doubts, Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is still expected to release winter of this year.
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