E3 2014: Xenoblade Chronicles X story trailer

by: Sean Colleli -

One of the few big surprises from Nintendo last year was the revelation that Monolith Soft was working on a massive new RPG codenamed X. They showed it off in January and then again at E3, but after that news on the game went almost completely dark. I remember being blown away by the game's enormous world and the fact that it was populated by not only giant monsters but also humans piloting transforming mechs. I was also pretty worried that it would turn out to be one of those games that Nintendo quietly canned for being too ambitious, as they have in the past.

Thankfully, I was wrong. Now titled Xenoblade Chronicles X, the game had a big showing at E3 this year and while unfortunately it's been pushed back to 2015, at least Nintendo realizes that it has a potential hit on its hands. This trailer shows off the story mostly (uncharacteristically, the early 2013 reveals were mostly gameplay footage) and the game looks even grander in scope than it did before. The original Xenoblade Chronicles was about humans warring with machines, with both sides living on gargantuan world-statues of two ancient gods frozen in eternal combat, so who knows where the sequel will go.

I'm just glad Nintendo is serious about this game. They've always been cautious with RPGs and the fans had to pester the daylights out of Nintendo Japan just to get them to localize the previous game in the Xeno series. Remember Operation Rainfall?...Yeah. Maybe the fact that the game sold out of its limited run in weeks, and secondhand copies routinely run for stupid amounts of money on Ebay, changed their minds.

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