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Version 1.3.0 update for Xenoblade Chronicles 2 detailed

10 February 2018 – by Jack Taylor

Monlith Soft has revealed more about the changes coming to Xenoblade Chronicles 2 as part of the game's next major software update.

The update to version 1.3.0 will launch in the next week, and will include a number of additions, primarily a New Game Plus mode with some interesting unique features.

While mention is made of some of the main characters from the game's story, we should note that there are no spoilers included in these details, which are taken from the Nintendo UK website.

New Game Plus will include the following changes:

  • Four of the Blades from Torna - Obrona, Sever, Perdido, and Cressidus - will be able to join the main party as Blades, as will three other characters from Torna - Akhos, Patroka, and Mikhail. They can be obtained by resonating with Core Crystals, or during story quests.
  • All Blades can be sent out on Merc Missions, including characters such as Pyra and Dromarch, who can't normally be removed from the party.
  • Drivers' affinity charts will be expanded to allow for further growth.
  • Drivers' levels can be lowered at inns, which will allow for greater experience gains in battle.  Bonus experience collected in this way can be traded with travelling bards for special items, such as items that will expand accessory slots.
  • The Level 4 special attack of "a certain Blade" will be unlocked.
  • Drivers' levels, equipment, affinity charts, resonated Blades, items, and gold will all carry over, as will each area's development level and the Merc Group level. All content in the Event theater, and all unique monster kills, will also carry over.
  • Heart-to-hearts, skip travel points, and completed Merc Missions will be reset.

In order to start New Game Plus, players must have a file saved from directly after the game's ending, and need to use that file in order to start the new mode.

The following updates will be made to all playthroughs:

  • Blades can be "locked" in the Blade menu to make them more visible and to prevent them from being released accidentally.
  • The scene in which a Core Crystal is resonated can be skipped.
  • The expanded mini-map will display the same icons as the Skip Travel map.
  • New sorting options will be added for accessories, aux cores, and Blades.
  • A new difficulty called Easy Mode will be added, and the existing difficulty will be named Normal Mode - these can be switched between at any time.

In addition, players who own the Expansion Pass will receive their fourth set of useful items once the version 1.3.0 update has been released.

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is now available for Nintendo Switch.