Xenoblade Chronicles X Director Says The Game Is Almost Complete

By Sato . November 20, 2014 . 4:31am


Xenoblade Chronicles X Executive Director Tetsuya Takahashi of Monolith Soft recently spoke more about the upcoming Wii U title on Twitter, about how he wanted to create something a little more sci-fi using Xenoblade as a base. Today, he updated with a few more tidbits about the game’s current status.


“This is a continuation of our my previous talk,” Takahashi noted.


He continued: “The development [of Xenoblade Chronicles X] did have its twists and turns, but we were able to finish up (just a little more until it’s complete) Xenoblade Chronicles X in the sci-fi world we aimed for from the beginning in a seamless open-world with online play, and I feel that we were able to overcome several obstacles as far as game development goes.”


“With the vast world that was shown when Iwata-san introduced the game in the Nintendo Direct the other day, it would bring me great pleasure to have you folks get to thoroughly explore it.”


Xenoblade Chronicles X will release in Japan in Spring 2015, and sometime in 2015 for North America and Europe for Wii U.

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  • theguyacrossthetable


    I can feel it!

    The Localization is gonna be a hassle though.

    I really hope we get British VA’s on this.

    I can still remember Shulk’s “I’LL KILL YOU!” sending shivers down my spine.

    Here’s to Xenoblade Chronicles X!

    *raises coffee mug*

    • Sato

      Hear, hear!

    • Kaetsu

      The game takes place(at least the first colony) in Los Angeles so I wouldn’t expect too many English voice actors.

      • 古戸ヱリカ

        In the future, America adopts British accents to sound more dignified to the rest of the world. Weeks later, the entire Earth is destroyed, rendering the whole attempt completely moot.

    • Pas Pas

      Why on earth didn’t you chose the japanese audio with english subs??? Always the best way!!!

      • Tijani Palmer

        It’s a matter of opinion. I personally don’t like sub because it takes my attention away from the action in order to read what they’re saying during that event. Dub allows me to perfectly sit back and enjoy the cutscene without having to advert my eyes away to see some small white text at the bottom of the screen. The British VA’s were spot on in Xenoblade Chronicles and I’m positive they won’t disappoint with this game.

    • British_Otaku

      Still need to play Xenoblade in any language, but judging from my experience with Smash Bros 3DS in Japanese and how I responded to the English trailer for him, I may have a way to go before I expect/appreciate/want “normal” voices in my games. :P

      I’m sure he clicks in the overall experience but I’m more worried about the script and performance being preserved than a region of vocal cords.

    • KoRLumen

      That Shulk line was probably one of the defining moments for me in the game. Shivers indeed.

  • DanijoEX ♬ the Cosmic Owl

    I really can’t wait see how it will turn out. The good thing is I’ll plenty of time to save some money.

  • Awesome, I can’t wait

  • mojack411

    Man it’s so rare nowadays for a game as big as this to have so many secrets and things kept under wrap so close to release I feel like. As much as I complained and moaned about not enough of this game and its details being shown in the past, I can’t help but feel with the release on the horizon that it will make turning this game on for the first time all the more magical.

    • Go2hell66

      what makes you think the release is close…

      • Tylor Boreas Makimoto

        Time is relative to a person’s perception, which in turn skews and changes based on the emotional state of a person. He/She could be viewing time at a pace much faster than yours, or something like that.

      • Kaetsu

        They confirmed it’s coming out Spring 2015 in Japan.

      • Keiji Johnson

        Well, considering we’re getting closer to the end of his year and onto 2015, it’s suffice to say that we may end up seeing the release of this game sooner then we would expect it.

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          ->Tr­y i­t o­ut Yo­urs­elf!!! <-

          • Tijani Palmer

            Get out of here

  • kdog254

    So if there was any question on whether or not there would be online in this game still, he just confirmed it.

    I’m sooo excited for this one. Top of my must get list!

  • Gamias

    Weak yen, Xenoblade X almost complete. Best time to import a Japanese Wii U.

    • JeySigma

      but.. do u even nihongo m8?

      • Gamias

        I passed JLPT1 in 2006.

        • dubaloseven

          Surely that’s enough.

          • Cheesy12

            That was 8 years ago, I’m sure he knows what he’s doing.

        • JeySigma

          oh, that’s awesome. I take it back.

          It’s just that most people import games in japanese while either not knowing any japanese at all, or simply not enough. Which is honestly just a lack of patience and a waste of money.
          (unless there’s no chance in localisation)

          • HarakiriKami

            Importing a console is never a waste of money when its region locked

          • Gamias

            >It’s just that most people import games in japanese while either not
            knowing any japanese at all, or simply not enough. Which is honestly
            just a lack of patience and a waste of money.

            I didn’t know any Japanese when I imported a Panasonic Q (Matsushita’s Gamecube/DVD player hybrid) in 2001. I started studying in August 2002 and played through The Wind Waker with a dictionary lol

  • XypherCode

    This needs to be in dual audio/voice

    • ShawnOtakuSomething

      no no time

      dub it

  • Great news

  • L a d y Z h e n

    Man, if only I had a Wii U… The game looks a-m-a-z-i-n-g. Then again, no surprise considering Xenoblade Chronicles was a great game, too.

    • JeySigma

      im just waiting for this damn game to come out so i can finally buy a wii u. It’s the only game i truly care about. (after losing most of my interest for hyrule warriors)

      • HarakiriKami

        Did you actually play it?

        And lol you guys wait too long and miss all the deals

  • Nintendojitsu

    Dis gona b gud

  • SaiyanJedi_Trunks

    I am happy that they were able to conquer their twists and turns. I am so looking forward to playing this and seeing what they can do on a more powerful system than what they did on the Wii.

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    The Game Is Almost Complete”
    My hype is never complete

    • Tijani Palmer


    • E.T.993


      • Aaron K Stone

        I really want to know what the actual lyrics are.

      • SetzerGabbiani

        Best of the 2 songs they’ve shared so far. This track needs to come out quickly.

  • Dumb question but Xenoblade Chronicles X is
    Xenoblade Chronicles right? Just with a twist I’m assuming? Just an upgrade just for the Wii U right?

    • cusman

      Completely new game, but just like Final Fantasy and other JRPG series, they didn’t have the balls to give it a new IP / Name / Identity, so they just named it something super stupid like Xenoblade Chronicles X.

      • Lol I see man, thanks!

        • British_Otaku

          In Japan, things were more simple with the original game being called “Xenoblade” and this game being called “Xenoblade X” (it is actually pronounced “Cross” not “X”) so it would be harder to assume that it is an upgrade of the original…

          It is an easy mistake to make when the longer game’s name is, the smaller the changes to the core premise like with Street Fighter upgrades while the word “Super” on a Mario game makes it a totally different thing.

        • Brimfyre

          And thus, clearly creating market confusion.

          Another win for the marketing wizards at Nintendo. These guys do great work.

          • Aaron K Stone

            I don’t think it causes much confusion, after it hasn’t caused the FF series much and not many people in the general public even know about Xenoblade anyway. Style wise they look little alike.

          • Brimfyre

            Yes that is the difference. Final Fantasy has been around a long time and is extremely popular. People know what to expect at this point. Wii U is an unpopular console and Xenoblade is as niche as it gets. Also it was a retailer exclusive series.

            The should have started fresh with this one. Give it a brand new title and build the franchise from there.

          • Suicunesol

            You put the name of the brand in the title so people recognize the series the game is from. It’s called brand-building. Everyone does it. People just make assumptions without research.

            Nintendo has made clearer distinctions in their game names before. For example, Nintendo went with a “New” spree with New Super Mario Brothers, New Yoshi’s Island, and New Nintendo 3DS. If I recall, most internet commenters hated that, but it got the point across that these were all “New” games and not re-releases or remakes of the old ones.

  • Perro

    Don’t even worry about hiring American voice actors, just translate it as fast as you can and bring it over!

    • ShawnOtakuSomething

      Can’t let you can’t do that Scar fox

    • HonoraryCMC

      How bout no. Some people aren’t like you. I can’t stand having the text and Japanese voice actors in an RPG. It ruins the immersion of the story for me. This mostly stems from not fully comprehending the dialect sure, but it doesn’t have the same weight for me, as I fend some parts get over acted in Japanese. (Part of the reason I hate Tears to Tiara II).

      • Zazon Zenzy

        Is that what happened to Klonoa games that uses Phantomilian language instead of Japanese language for the voices? I’d rather have nonsenscial words with expresionful intonations than the vice-versa.

        • Ali

          Similar to Rayman and Banjo Kazooiie…just gibberish!

        • OMG I loved Klonoa 2 sooo muuuch! That was one of the last PS1 games I fully completed.

      • Perro

        I was mostly joking but I get where you’re coming from

      • eilegz

        i prefer no dubs than a shitty one, im still salty how dubs killed dynasty warrior gundam 2 it was horrible, plus characters saying things that dont make any sense and even dubbed haro which its stupid.

        only quality dubs i remember are final fantasy games, xenoblade, the last story its not bad.

        but then tales one facepalm

        • Riseabovethesky

          I feel the same way. The last story voice acting was a mix bag. I think I would have like it better in japanese.

        • HarakiriKami

          Most final fantasy games have terrible translations from being rushed

    • Aaron K Stone

      Nintendo understands that would be a turn off more a lot of people so it will be done with English voices.

      • Kaijumaster

        I’m hoping the same studio does X dubbung.

    • machomuu

      Gonna have to disagree. I’d rather have a personable translation and/or English voice acting than Japanese VA with a rush job. I’d much rather them take their time with the translation.

  • Federico Astica

    I’m afraid about those online features. I just hate that every successful single player game implements MP features in its next iteration. I hope the MP don’t detract from the single player game..

    • eilegz

      oh well its not a currrent gen tech so we dont have to worry that much, but then its nintendo online system =/

      • HarakiriKami

        Nintendo’s online system is perfectly fine.

        They’ve been doing it since the 80’s you know.


      character cuzmation implies its more like phatansty star online so probably an online mode for level based missions then the story mode which also includes the above but single player only and cutscenes.

      • HarakiriKami

        Its probably co-op

    • dubaloseven

      Xenoblade is essentially a MMO/PSO hybrid with AI co-op instead of human co-op. Xenoblade’s combat is begging for actual MP.

      • Federico Astica

        But thanks to the AI the game can focus on story and character development. Also, the fact that they are AI, allows the player to switch characters on the go.

        • HarakiriKami

          You guys do know Tales has multiplayer right?

          • Federico Astica

            Yeah, and I hope they use the Tales system.

        • StarkEx

          Not necessarily. Online co-op is perfectly compatible with Xenoblade’s game design, having to compromising little (if anything).

          Most of the character development happened in the completely optional heart-to-heart bits, for instance. I don’t see how that would be compromised with the option of online co-op.

        • dubaloseven

          Gameplay > Story, if multiplayer improves the gameplay then I’m perfectly fine with the story taking a hit. I say this as someone who loved Xenoblade’s story. I’d rather them focus on the most important aspect of any game than an additive element.

          • Federico Astica

            That’s subjective. I really prefer a great story than having multiplayer features, especially for an RPG. I wouldn’t say that the story in an RPG is an additive element. On the contrary, it’s one of the main elements. I hope this game can have a good story an unobtrusive multiplayer so we can all be happy.

    • NegativeZero

      I feel similarly. While Xenoblade was basically an MMO in gameplay design, what made it stick for me was the strong story and characters and I’m not sure I’m going to get either of those when the game’s designed to be a multiplayer game with a voiceless, player-generated protagonist.

      Willing to give them the benefit of the doubt at this point though.

    • AnotherTime

      Here, let me assuage your worries. When a publisher gives a developer money to make a game, the developer, if they want, will ask for the resources to make multiplayer. The publisher will give them resources for multiplayer, which, in no way, affect the resources spent on singleplayer. On one hand you get five zots for singleplayer, and on the other you get five zots for multiplayer, but if you don’t make multiplayer those resources get funneled right back in to the publisher and the dev never uses them. The two are unrelated.

  • HonoraryCMC

    Almost complete? Judging by the Japanese release date I think he’s confusing his optimism. That’s still 4 months minimum, and I’m willing to bet he has now jinxed himself in some way. I have a feeling NA won’t see this till close to this time next year.

    • Zakai

      Usually a game is in gold (final) version 3 months before its release date. I don’t think he is confusing anything.

    • Kaijumaster

      Well he also says “done not complete” I read that to mean we’re done making to game, now we finish the work. It’s all polish.

  • Charles

    I wish they’d get rid of the Chronicles and just call it Xenoblade X.

    • Kaijumaster

      I agree.
      but given how xenoblade got so popular a year after launch. It’s probably a safe bet on getting a few extra sales

    • Kaetsu

      It’s called Xenoblade Cross(the pronunciation of “X”) in Japan which makes way more sense. “Xenoblade” should be the name of the series like “Dragon Quest” while “Chronicles” should be the subtitle of the Wii game like “Hand of the Heavenly Bride”.

      • HarakiriKami

        … No the pronunciation of X in Japan is Eksu.

        its XenoCross

        • 古戸ヱリカ


          • HarakiriKami

            Xeno is pronounced Zeno in japanese

          • Sakurazaki

            It’s ゼノ.

          • HarakiriKami


          • triablos


            What you said is how Japanese would pronounce bride

          • HarakiriKami


      • ishyg

        I think the only time you can say X is “cross” is when it’s referring to crossovers, such as Tetsuya Nomura x Hatsune Miku.

  • tom

    Preordered, just to be safe.

  • Yes!

  • Bojan Njegomir

    Since i am planning to buy Wii-u just because of this game i really hope some other nice JRPG titles hit the shelves after that! And will be a chance to play Xenoblade also since i’ve missed that one!

    • There’s also that Fire Emblem x Shin Megaten game that’s still coming up, but they won’t talk about until sometime in 2015 when it’s further along. But if you’re going to be diving into Xenoblade on the Wii anyway, might as well check out other jrpgs for the console. Might I suggest:

      -“The Last Story” (XSeed) is pretty well known, mostly because people mention it in relation to Xenoblade
      -“Spectrobes Origins” (Disney) is a very good action-RPG by Genki, the makers of the Jade Cocoon series. It was “Disney’s Pokemon” back on the DS (where it was created & handled by Jupiter, the “The World Ends with You” studio), and so it’s pretty well-production title.
      -“Sakura Wars: So Long, My Love” (NIS America/Sega), if you can find it. A very good strategy RPG if you can handle a ton of Visual Novel-type exposition. Very similar to Tears to Tiara II in that regard, but with a battle system that’s similar to Valkyria Chronicles.

      P.S. The Wii U is $200, refurbished, on Nintendo’s Online Store, btw. Heads-up. I ordered one just this week because that’s pretty much the price point I wanted it to be at, and Bayonetta 2 exists :)

      • Captain Levi

        May I add “Pandora’s Tower” into your list?

      • Bojan Njegomir

        Thanks man! I know of The Last Story since i’ve been following Hironobu until he went iOS. Really enjoyed Lost Odyssey so i am sure i will like this one also! Will have to check the other ones when the times comes! :)

        • HarakiriKami

          The Wii Has quite a few rpgs one should go back and dig into

          • Bojan Njegomir

            I have a lot to expore actually! Pretty new to Nintendo which i’ve ignored since Game Cube (which had some really crackin’ titles, Baten Kaitos anyone?!). Ive been pretty much Sony fanboy since then and own PS2, PS3, PS4 and Vita. But the fact that i am missing 2 games from the developers of Xenogears is just unbearable, so gotta join the Nintendo club! :D

          • Satori Satya

            I know quite a few people who were loyal Sony fans who were forced (mostly by S-E) to look elsewhere for their JRPG fix.

            Boy were they surprise to learn that a couple of the best JRPG’s of last gen were on the Wii.

      • HarakiriKami

        Spectrobes is not good lol

    • Tiredman

      Don’t forget the store games. Earthbound, Golden Sun 1, and 2 pretty soon if you are in the U.S. Old school Breath of Fire 2. The Super Mario RPG’s. And if you didn’t play it on another system, you have that Ubisoft rpg, Child of Light.

      • Robert Lawson

        You forgot Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate. Amazing game, dumped TONS of hours into it.

    • HarakiriKami

      The Wii U has lots of downloadable RPGs

  • SetzerGabbiani

    Day 1…if that wasn’t already clear.

    Having recently re-watched the intro sequence to Xenogears, and seeing the ships escape from Earth in this, I’ve pretty much made up my mind that one of the ships that didn’t get destroyed is actually the one we see in that Xenogears opening. Would make for great lore. Never mind the large city dome attached to the underside of the ship here that isn’t present in ‘gears xp

    • Robert Lawson

      If you read the Perfect Works of Xenogears you know when this game will take place. Below I will post what is in the book for episode 1. (The original Xenoblade was a prequel, The Beginning Of The World if you knew the original subtitle.)

      “EPISODE I
      15,000 Years ago

      Episode I is set against the Earth of 15,000 years ago and it is at this time that mankind has
      begun its search for a new home. Eventually, man finds a habitable home amidst the M24 Star
      Cluster of Sagittarius and from thereafter, this planet comes to be known as “Neo Jerusalem.”
      However, even after colonizing this planet, mankind continued to aim for the heart of the
      universe and after 5,000 years (10,000 years ago), humanity had conquered most of the Milky
      Way. Eventually, The Interstellar War breaks out and afterward gradually intensifies;
      Episode I focuses on both the outbreak and intensification of this war. However, while this
      is going on, other events take place, such as the development of the Deus System.”

      Xenogears is technically episode V.

      • uPadWatcher

        I’m impressed, Robert.

  • Captain Levi

    Day one.

  • allotheabove123


  • Tazo S.

    Off Wii go.

  • Kai2591


  • Sentinel

    I wonder how fast they can begin on localization, assuming they haven’t already started.

    • HarakiriKami

      They started last year

      • Sentinel


      • No, they hadn’t started last year. They said as much during their E3 livestream this year. I wish you would stop posting comments without doing your research first. All it does is spread misinformation.

        • HarakiriKami

          Bleh got my time table wrong. I meant at E3

        • HarakiriKami

          Hey!! I do my research man. I meant this year, its not 2015 yet.

  • Kornelious

    Now that’s some fast quality work…..And it’s gonna be a day yesterday for me! :D

  • raphael

    that good

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