Xenoblade Chronicles X Is In The Final Stages Of Development

By Sato . November 6, 2014 . 2:33am


Following yesterday’s Nintendo Direct presentation, where we got to see the latest footage and screenshots from Xenoblade Chronicles X, developers Monolith Soft shared a message for fans on their newly opened website for the game.


Monolith Soft began by asking if you fans enjoyed the latest Nintendo Direct, where we got to see the latest look at their upcoming game, Xenoblade Chronicles X. According to Monolith, they’re currently entering the final stages of development, and the staff are all in high spirits. However, Nintendo recently told them that an official website for the game will need a little more time to prepare.


So, after giving it some thought, Monolith Soft decided to go ahead and make a website for Xenoblade Chronicles X on their own. They say that it was something that was made in a hurry, but they were able to create the game’s main visual as seen on the top page of the website.


The folks at Monolith Soft initially feared that they would get in trouble after being told by Nintendo to wait a little longer for the site. As it turns out, and to their surprise, Nintendo simply responded with a “go ahead” and let them create the site.


However, they’re still not sure whether the website by Monolith Soft will become obsolete once Nintendo opens their own official website, or if this one will manage to survive by having its own unique content, which they hope will be part of the fun as the release of the game gets nearer.


Monolith conclude their message by saying that either way, now that they’ve opened the website, they’ll continue working with it and hope to establish a connection with the fans who check it out. Also a thank you for all the support.


They also opened an official Twitter account, @XenobladeJP, so it seems like we’ll hear more details about the game sooner than expected.


Xenoblade Chronicles X will release in Japan sometime in Spring 2015 for Wii U. A 2015 release is being targeted for North America and Europe as well.

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  • Ethan_Twain

    Well that’s nice. Of course ANY sort of PR rollout is going to say that the development team is in high spirits/excited about their product, but that the developer actually went and got their own website up and rolling suggests that in this case it’s true. And if it’s true then that suggests what they’re working on is good and is progressing well. And if THAT’S true then the game might not be delayed into 2017!

    Still think that a 2016 delay is inevitable though. Can’t ask for too much.

    • HarakiriKami

      Why would it be delayed to then? Its coming out in Spring 2015.

      As for the other countries,its being localized alongside development. They stated this during E3.

      This is not a Zelda game where 2 years of work gets scrapped and redone halfway through.

      Its kind of ridiculous to even hypothetically suggest the game could come out in 2016 or 2017. This game has been in pre-production since the latter half of 2010

      • Ethan_Twain

        I’ll believe in a 2015 release when the disc is in my hands and not a moment before =P

        • HarakiriKami


          Shun the non believer.

          No 12 first party wii U games per year for you my friend.

        • CycloneFox

          But I’m asking myself, why? The game has been in development for quite some time and always showed a great and seemingly complete/playable load of content. I don’t see any sign of why it would have trouble or something.

          • Ethan_Twain

            Because it’s published by Nintendo and if someone decides that it could be way better with 8 more months of development, they will fund 8 more months of development. They’re kinda crazy like that. I mean, how long was “Monado and the Beginning of the World” borderline vaporware? It showed up at some E3 and then disappeared for close to half a decade.

          • Xeon2

            Because Nintendo doesn’t make those calls, they still have strict dev schedules. It’s takahashi’s call to contact them, but if they’re
            entering the final stages of development, I don’t think that will be necessary.

        • sakanaとkoeda

          So if it’s digital only (gods forbid) you’ll continue to deny its official release in 2015?

  • That picture is pretty badass. Nintendo games are usually good quality. Now just imagine how they will be when Nintendo decides to get into the graphics race.

    • CycloneFox

      Monolith Soft has been delivering a fantastic level of graphics paired with an awesome art-style. They are still quite new in Nintendos set of first-party studios, but they already showed what they are capable of before. I am thrilled to finally see what they are capable of on a HD platform.

    • HarakiriKami

      They wont ever.

      They’d prefer to stay in business :D

  • James Enk

    just load the website and listen to the music

  • Nhatalya

    Game looks lovely, better than FFXV to be honest.

    • CycloneFox

      Looking at Square Enixes games record and Monolith Softs games record, yes, it’s most likely, this one will be better than FFXV. Not in the terms of graphics, of course. There is still quite a distance between the two, but the game world, characters, story will most likely be better in Xenoblade Chronicles X. (Square Soft gave away one of their most capable studios, when the people of Monolith Soft left them) In terms of music, both are en par.

      But I wouldn’t go as far to say one or the other will be “better”. FFXV looks really promising and this one will most likely be really good. I will just play both and love both. ^^

      • HarakiriKami

        Depends on what you mean by graphics. CGI quality Character models is the extent that goes to in my opinion.

        The PS4 is no doubt quite a bit stronger than the Wii U, but the actual game (FF15) looks quite sparse in terms of visuals. The ground textures look weird, the backgrounds are discolored and dont look like what you see in front of you at all, there’s a distinct lack of shrubbery in the fields,there is tones of pop in and other technical issues.

        All iI see is some really good lighting :D

        Which Xenoblade has in spades,along with a packed environment that is teeming with life and great weather effects

  • Mecha_the_Hedgehog

    I got to say this game and Zelda MM3D were the only things that made this direct not an entire bore fest. Game looks great I know I will be picking up this one for sure. I kinda screwed up and didn’t get the last game.

    • Pyrotek85

      There’s still plenty of time to grab it, though I’m pretty sure it’s not directly related to this entry (aside from general themes).

    • Are you telling us you DON’T want to buy a bunch of toys to lay on top of your video game controller?

  • DudeJericho

    That music, so gooooooood….

    • KrazyBean

      Sounds like something you’d hear in Attack on Titan, then again, same composer.

    • Kai2591

      Their music has always been awesome even in XC~

      I just wish they had more vocals in their songs though; there were NO songs with vocals in XC :(
      (except one…barely…near the end)

      • HarakiriKami

        I dont like songs with vocals so that’s perfect :D

  • Namuro

    That music, man… When I closed my eyes and listened to the music, I could just imagined a vast alien world filled with gigantic monsters, waiting to be explored!

    Also, good to hear that the development is going well!

  • KrazyBean

    The hype is real.

  • Lemon

    Like many others, I’m really feeling the music. Been listening to it on loop for 2 straight hours. I’m certain the full soundtrack will inspire me awe even more.

    • Pyrotek85

      If you look at the website source code you can see what the link to the song that’s playing is, in case you wanted to download it.


      • Thanks!

      • Thanks you so much! The music is god damn amazing.

      • Lemon

        Thanks for that, really. The song just feels so majestic.

        • Pyrotek85

          No problem. I’m hoping they release a soundtrack for this, I’m really looking forward to playing this game.

  • Bojan Njegomir

    Now i have to buy Wii U, great.

    • I bought one about 2 weeks ago for this, really liking it so far

    • Agito

      don’t worry my friend. once you have bayonetta 1+2, w101, super mario bros 3d world, smash bros and all these other wonderfull titels coming to wii u…your journey to the darkside shall then be complete

  • SaiyanJedi_Trunks

    Just hearing the music and reminiscing on the footage I saw yesterday has me excited for this game. I hope they hit the 2015 window.

  • Heropon

    So look like the they won’t reconsider about adding others composers . Sawano music is just horrible and out of place except in the second trailer

    • Frankie

      The music in the first trailer is great. Why don’t you like his music? His stuff for Attack on Titan is magnificent.

      • Heropon

        The only good song i like in AOT is the main theme . The rest is just average .Moreover , most of Sawano OST sound exactly the same so it get old really fast

        • Money?Muney??All my luveee!!!

          You should try Gundam Unicorn ones there. and also Team Medical Dragon Drama music all sounds epic.^_^

          The only problem i had with Sawano is his music does not really convey relaxing situation.

          • Agito

            that can be a little problematic to the game. the reason i liked xenoblade’s soundtrack is the wide variety of music. there are plenty of action packed one but also catchy and soothing ones. the number of composers working on the game made sure we even had this variety. don’t get me wrong i’m liking xenoblade chronicle x’s soundtrack so far, but for it to be an equal to xenoblade’s sountrack, a good variety is necessary.

          • HarakiriKami

            Of course he can be soothing. Half of what the guy is known for is his work with the piano and violin lol!!



            I could take any random cutscene of Fiora and Shulk talking and replace Reminiscence with this in the background https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2J7G2qCy5o

          • Agito

            i have only listened to a couple of his songs and it seems like it’s only calm in the beginning. later on it goes all epic and adventurous. other songs in xenoblade stuck with one theme in mind from beginning to end. guar plains is constantly adventurous whilst mechonis field was atmospheric and soothing in a way.

            but it might be just me that i generally don’t like his way of creating music. idk what it is about his style. i guess its to complicated? hard to explain really. whilst i do enjoy his music, it’s not something i would go crazy over.

          • HarakiriKami

            You’re talking about the fact that his music usually has a crescendo at a certain point.

            Not every song he makes has that.

          • Agito

            maybe it’s the fact that he overly relies on that. like every soundtrack of his seems to have that in it. it really should be used only on a few of them inorder to make them stand out from the rest of his work. but then again i have only listened to a few of them, namely the ones that people often reccomend.

          • HarakiriKami

            People on the internet like his bombast so they overhype that.

            Since most people learned of him from Attack on Titan and Kill La Kill, Im gonna be a hipster for a moment and point out that he’s a well known composer for TV Dramsa which is where he developed his range and style. As such it necessitates quite a bit of subtlety in tune.




            If you want an anime that plays host to quite a bit of his repertoire just listen to Ao No Exorcist OST or Zombie Loan’s OST. Or his original Album Musica. Which I usually go rutting through when I want to listen to one of his lesser known vocal songs.

            If you want Bombast you listen to Sengoku Basara and Gundam Unicorn.

            And if you want techno creepy Sawano you listen to his J-drama tunes.

          • Agito

            THIS, is exactly what i want from him. good build-up whilst keeping the same tone from beginning to end. thank you for showing me this. now i can feel confortable knowing that he has what it takes to compose a good enough soundtrack with variety.

          • HarakiriKami

            Yeah that doesnt really “impress” people but its necessary for setting the mood in certain situations and making a great soundtrack overall.

        • Frankie

          Well I have to disagree with you there. I think his music is good, but I do think it would have benefited from more composers. Xenoblade Chronicles had multiple and the music was great.

        • HarakiriKami

          Sure if all you listen to is the last 5 anime he produced for which requested similar work from him. Its like complaining

          ( as far as Im concerned his best work, anime wise was on Zombie Loan,Ao No Exorcist and Guilty Crown. I only like Reluctant Heroes in AOT and Uzu Sangayama’s theme in KLK)

          Tetsuya Takahashi is very strict when it comes to music so he’ll bring out the best in Sawano. Which I know he’s quite capable of since I’ve watched several shows he’s worked on ( Team Medical Dragon, NHK Works, Marks No Yama, Maou,Tokyo Tower, Platina Data ect)

          • Heropon

            I am not sure about Takahashi being strict .However , look back at Xenosaga ep 3 , Yuki Kajiura is considered one of the best anime composer by fan but the ost in that game is mediocre .

          • HarakiriKami


      • Shadow Rebirth

        he was the composer of SNK?! k, i love him :D

    • H_Floyd

      Heropon, you’re right on point. Sawano is the hot new thing, as Kajiura once was, and both composers suffer the inability to consistently deliver substance in their music. It’s high production value and high fluff, worshiped with abandon by the mass consumer. When Sawano can throw a bunch of nonsequiter looped samples on top of one another, ground it with a safe and predictable chord progression, add BIG COOL THUNDERING HOLLYWOOD DRUMS, and his fans call it *brilliant*, you know there’s a serious dearth of critical thinking going on. Or they just don’t listen to a lot of other composers, which is frequently the problem amongst fans of Uematsu, Shimomura, Kajiura, Ito, Sawano, etc.

      And predictably, the popularity contest between the names with the most Likes eclipses the serious minds in the field who have been at it for much longer and have made far more progress through experimentation and innovation. I don’t actually care that the most innovative artists aren’t as popular, but rather that they are overlooked by large-budget developers during the selection process.

      I should note that of the 200+ game/anime composers I am intimately familar with, I find only about 10 of them to be truly unpalatable. So in the grand scheme of things, I’m actually pretty positive about and agreeable to a wide variety of compositional voices. If a Sawano fan is as invested a nerd as I am and can cite as many composers and the content of their works, and still can honestly call him one of best, I’ll have to reconsider my opinion. It’s really not a matter of who we think is good or not, but rather our ability to consider the vast pool of talent in the very unique Japanese game/anime music field and compare artists with that relative awareness.

  • Adrian Duran

    Hoping for a New New York, proving Futurama is real

    • E.T.993

      You just made me wish Monolith Soft would have tried to make a Futurama action-RPG. Wut.

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    The music..my ears are on ecstasy

  • Guest

    music was… meh..
    i guess Nobuo Uematsu spoils me.

    • HarakiriKami

      How much you like Sawano is predicated on how much you like the piano, bass and drums, circle percussion, electronic scratch trance, wind jazz, flutes, violins and bombastic rock music interlaced with German chanting in the background.

      He can make weird as all hell tunes like this

      And in the next moment he can produce emotive pieces like Stray, Will,Itsuka, or Hill of Sorrow then make something that sounds straight out of Zelda the next moment.

      (His work on the Ao No Exorcist OST is phenomenal in general,such a varied and interesting OST.)

      Liking Uematsu is basically just liking marching band music and piano. ( The last story say ayy yo!!)

      He makes brilliant music ( His style is perfect for Xenoblade)





    • How? Uematsu hardly puts out anything good anymore. He’s more historic than his is good nowadays.

      • Which is made sadder by the fact that he basically agrees with that/says so himself all the time still, right?

    • You mean the one track on this website? Or all of Xenoblade’s OST? Because I wouldn’t call the whole thing meh; it has enough tracks and range to appeal to everyone.

      • Kespino20

        Just went to check out the track form the website… GOOSEBUMPS EVERYWHERE.

  • SetzerGabbiani

    I am so ready for the soundtrack to this game! “Gaur Plains” stays in my gym playlist rotation. It makes those cardio sessions more bearable.

    • Agito

      i use mechonis field whenever i’m either taking a walk or working. it’s such a catchy and soothing piece of melody

      • HarakiriKami

        Central Factory and Satorl Marsh Night are my favorite :3

        Blessed Minami Kiyota san :D

        • Mechanical Rhythm. One Who Gets In Our /freaking/ Way.

    • Kespino20

      Night Before the Decisive Battle/ Impatience/Crisis when I need to cram for an exam.

  • Money?Muney??All my luveee!!!

    Such great music.^_^ Sawano is really nailing that epic kind of feeling.^_^


    Another great Sawano work here.^_^ That crazy rock yet music which sounds like something monstrous is coming here.^_^

  • raeldor

    What? No NEW 3DS version? :D

    • Money?Muney??All my luveee!!!

      ??? It is Wii U exclusive there.

      • raeldor

        Yeah, I was just teasing because I know this game is their big hope to shift more Wii-U units. :D

        • Money?Muney??All my luveee!!!

          Well, actually i believed Ninty should had not many hope for this game to be selling really well here.

          1 million World Wide would be maximum if u ask me here. As Wii U is not doing really well here.T_T

        • James Enk

          i don’t believe Nintendo are stupid enough to believe this is going to shift lots of units

          • raeldor

            Don’t underestimate the Japanese love of RPGs. I can guarantee Wii-U sales numbers will rise significantly with this game’s release. At least for a couple of weeks. :P

          • Xeon2

            Many people actually would mistake this for a western RPG over a JRPG, pretty much all they have to do is run a ton of commercials with mechs

          • Yeah, I think Nintendo at this point is hoping to establish Xenoblade as a “prestige brand” – not a big seller, but a critically acclaimed property that will do more to strengthen Nintendo’s branding among “core” gamers via positive press and word of mouth than by raking in Megabucks. I imagine titles like Bayonetta and Devil’s Third are in pretty much the same boat: none will be hot sellers individually, but Nintendo’s hope is that collectively they’ll establish an image of the company brand, and the Wii U in particular, as a viable platform for the “core” gamer (a demographic with much greater long-term commitment and brand loyalty than the fickle “blue ocean” demo they chased, and then lost with the Wii).

            Of course, what with putting Shulk in Smash and porting Xenoblade to the N3DS and all, looks like Nintendo are at least trying to turn Xenoblade into a recognizable IP and give XBX some decent promotion. So that’s something.

  • Bobby Jennings

    Maybe this will sell some Wii-Units.

    • Godmars

      Please don’t think like that. If the game interest you enough to make you buy a WiiU then that should be enough. Don’t worry about what other people buy. Don’t be a cheerleader for a multi-billion dollar company.

      • Slayven19

        Why can’t he think like that? More people with the system means more of their friends can have one to and play together. It also means better release times and can mean better games since moral would be higher.

        • Godmars

          Worrying about whether or not others are buying games or systems you like only leads to BS arguments.

          They don’t sell as well as the company wanted, though you have it you bitch and moan about others not having it, urge others to buy it, its taken as whining and begging so you’re told to shut up, and that’s most of the internet today but for empty pissing contest about specs and performance about a title or console which really isn’t all that.

          Sony, MS and even Nintendo could go belly-up tomorrow, close their gaming divisions, but if you had fun that’s all that should matter.

          • Xeon2

            Except consumer expectations exist, we don’t want those IPs disappearing.

          • Godmars

            I’d rather see a series end when it should have, with honest effort to meet expectations, rather than be dragged out because it exist. Makes a profit.

            For instance: the new Metal Gear series should be a new series. The Metal Gear Solid storyline should have been retired at the very least. Not looped back as it has been.

      • Bobby Jennings

        Please don’t think like what?

        Also don’t worry, I’m buying a Wii-U just for this game. What I’m thinking shouldn’t bother you in anyway

    • Money?Muney??All my luveee!!!

      Even if the game does not really sells Wii U here, if the game does play great why does that matter?

      Dreamcast had crazily lots of great games there.^_^ And sadly it also flopped badly. Does we now consider all Dreamcast bad as it does not sales?

      • Slayven19

        And look at the dreamcast, it died in less than 2 years basically. I don’t want a system with a 2 year life span on it no matter how good the games are. I understand what you are trying to say but believe it or not we need companies to do well to produce the games we like to play.

        • Money?Muney??All my luveee!!!

          Well, u don’t need to buy the console brand new there. U can wait till the console sold cheap and ur budget feels worth to spend on the console then.

          U can simply support the game like buying the game which u feel can get rare in the future first? Or simply takes chances that when u finally get the consoles, the game will be cheap.

          I am not saying that sales totally does not matter but it should not make a game become not good. Game can still be good even if not many people play them.^_^

        • HarakiriKami

          Dreamcast died because Sega ran out of money, not much to do with its sales. The PS2 hype completely destroyed that machine. The system was a pirates dream and it shifted about 10 million units after 4 years, which is probably a bit worse than the Vita’s doing.

      • TalesOfBS

        Sega killed the Dreamcast.

        • Juan Manuel M. Suárez

          Piracy didn’t help~.

      • Bobby Jennings

        The Wii-U has to sell. It’s losing all the third party support Nintendo(Reggie) promised.

      • Bobby Jennings

        Also, never said Wii-U was bad

      • Nintendo doesn’t have its own version of the CD, 32x, or Saturn to ruin its credibility. Dreamcast comparisons are kinda moot here.

        • Money?Muney??All my luveee!!!

          Virtual Boy baby.lololol..^_^

          • Which I might point out is not, in fact, in recent memory. Sega has a string of flops and abandonment. Nintendo has had one that occurred decades ago. Sega’s not a good analogue for what’s going on here. I’m sure there’s another company that’d work better for what you’re trying to get at, though I can’t think of what it is off the top of my head.

    • HarakiriKami

      Every game sells some Wii U units.

      You should be more concerned about the X1 and its flagging sales as that will really hurt the western third parties and the console industry if it doesnt do better. The PS4 has outsold it 2.2:1 at this point. ( Its still under the Wii U in terms of worldwide sales by 1.3 million units)

      • Bobby Jennings

        Not concerned about the Xbone really. Microsoft will do well regardless if their games sell or not..

      • …Um, microsoft isn’t doing bad. The XB1 is outpreforming the 360 at this point in it’s life. It’s just that the ps4’s sales are ridiculous. The XB1’s actually doing really well, all things considered – especially when you look at that library it’s sporting now. MS ain’t going anywhere.

  • Perro

    Yeah, despite what’s been said about the Wii U, I feel like there are plenty of reasons for me to buy one, this game being the biggest reason!

    • Jissu

      People just hate the Wii U cause it is Nintendo. Literally, that is the only reason. -_-

      • TalesOfBS

        It got a lot of hate even before launch, but surely Nintendo contributed a lot for that to happen.

  • Monolith Soft and Sawano. I can’t fucking wait.

  • Freakmasta

    Can’t wait to hunt monsters to this song…

  • Ben

    This game MIGHT get me to buy a Wii U

    • TalesOfBS

      If this is not enough for you to get a Wii U, i don’t know what will.

      • Not to mention all the other games out for it now. Really, there’s enough of a library that there’s not really a reason not to have one other than financial issues.

  • Captain Levi

    • Are you feeling it now Mr Crabs?

    • Kespino20

      Heeeiiicchhoooouuuu loves it. INSTANT HIT!

  • XypherCode

    That visual is so cool! :D

  • Sentinel

    Everything looks good so far, and glad to know they’re actually working on getting this game out internationally soon rather than everyone having to beg for it.

    • I’m pretty sure that was NOA’s fault. I mean, Xenoblade Chronicles premiered in the West at an E3 (it was called, “Monado: Dawn of the New World” back then though, or something similar). NOA, meanwhile, has consistently gone out of their way to avoid localizing Japanese titles like Disaster: Day of Crisis, Fatal Frame Mask of the Lunar Eclipse, Earth Seeker and Soma Bringer during the Wii era.

      Reggie’s “blue ocean” strategy was more about focusing on non-gamer demographics like elderly people and whoever enjoyed Wii Fit or whatever than it was about committing resources to bringing over huge, quality, “hardcore” games like Xenoblade. I mean, why bother – if you’re interested in profits instead of building up successful brands, you could spend hardly anything to translate the menus to something like Brain Age and it would sell more than spending a lot of money to localize an RPG’s dialogue and hire actors to do voicework (that’s why Nintendo of EUROPE did it).

      Now that those demographics have all abandoned Nintendo for mobile, or have all died (the Wii Bowling/nursing home crowd), they’re all gone, and NOA needs to refocus on real games – lucky for us, and developers like Monolith who will never make anything for mobile.

      So don’t blame Monolith there ;) Blame Nintendo

      • Sentinel

        Relax. I’m aware of the full story. Trust me. :D

        But yeah, I know what I meant there, and it seems like both NoA and NoE aren’t going to waste time this time.

      • Codi Schumacher

        Thats an Ironic name given the monado isnt even supposed to be in the game.

      • SetzerGabbiani

        There’s been much said about Fatal Frame 4 (and 2 remake) and Soma Bringer not arriving in the states. However, Earth Seeker was one of the larger offenses as far as new IP. It reminded me of Jet Force Gemini so much. I loved that game on N64. Xenoblade Chronicles X even stole the plot, more or less.

  • kdog254

    Wow, that’s pretty intense. Made that page like a boss!

  • Kornelious

    Boy, they really must’ve been working on this game religiously for a while to already be so close to the finish, Good to know we won’t have to wait much longer for it :D

    Though I have this lingering fear that Nintendo may have the reins on Monolith to tight to make a full, good Xenoblade experience….But the game looks great from what I’ve seen so i shouldn’t worry :P

    • Robert Lawson

      You have a Blade profile pick and you’re worried about whether Nintendo’s pulling the reigns? The game will be just as deep and philosophical as Xenoblade Chronicles. Nintendo so far has not prevented any developer from doing anything they want with any of their franchises. Polygon lowering Bayo 2’s review score for being too sexual should be the obvious first hint. The Devil’s Third director has also stated that Nintendo execs specifically told him to go as crazy as he wanted. It’s going to be fine. Deep breaths.

  • Kespino20

    My body is ready.

  • I’m REALLY FEELING… this game!

  • r4ind4nce

    I really wonder how localisation will be handled. I, for one, loved the British dub for Xenoblade Chronicles but the fact alone that this includes a neo-capital from the states has me doubting we’ll see something like this again. Fingers crossed dual audio will make it like in the first game, but I really doubt it won’t – after all this isn’t Bandai Namco and Nintendo has been rather nice in that regard in the recent past.

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