Xenoblade Chronicles X Has An Auto-Run Feature, But Director Says To Use It Sparingly

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Xenoblade Chronicles X has a number of features that make it easier and more convenient to explore its large world. One of these is an auto-run feature, although the developers don’t necessarily want you to lean on it too heavily.


“The Hopper Camera and Navigation Ball seem quite popular,” the game’s director, Koh Kojima, tweeted today. “To tell the truth, there’s also an auto-run feature for moving in a straight line, and there’s the fast travel, too, of course.”


“However,” he continued, “as the developer, we feel conflicted because we’d like users to refrain from using them too much and take their time traversing and enjoying the landscape and enemy placement.”


“It’s quite the conundrum,” Kojima concluded.


Xenoblade Chronicles X is scheduled for release on April 29th in Japan.


Food for thought:

Xenoblade Chronicles X isn’t the only Nintendo game attempting to streamline the way you traverse long distances. Their other open world game, the new Legend of Zelda for Wii U, has a feature whereby your horse automatically avoids trees and other obstacles in the environment without you having to constantly steer it.

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Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.