Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Details from Today's Nintendo Direct

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 will have dual audio at launch, pre-load live today

Those releases will be followed by a "new rare blade" and a challenge battle mode in spring and summer 2018, respectively, and finally, Nintendo promises a brand new story on tap for fall 2018.

There are also a number of new revelations, including plans for an expansion pass (i.e. season pass) that will cost £26.99. On top of all of that, Nintendo revealed that Xenoblade Chronicles 2 will be getting a season pass that will support the game through most of 2018.

There will also be free DLC as well, with a day one patch adding dual audio options for Japanese voiceovers and English subtitles.

The release of the Nintendo Switch-exclusive Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is on the horizon, bringing the critically-acclaimed series to Nintendo's newest console for the first time. This DLC becomes available on Thursday, November 9. Blades are artificial lifeforms that bond with Drivers to lend them their weapons and powers in battle. When players fight alongside their chosen Blade, they might trigger effects that protect the Driver, strengthen attacks and so forth. It looks like Xenoblade Chronicles 2 will be upping the ante in that regard, with the file size to prove it.

Players will also run into shining spots called Collection Points which provide an opportunity to pick up valuable items or dive under the clouds to salvage hard-to-find treasures. You can pre-purchase it today just like the game, and over the next year it'll make the expectedly massive base game grow even more. During a Xenoblade-centric Nintendo Direct presentation this morning, Nintendo offered loads of details it has been hanging onto since the game's announcement.

And the good news for Nintendo Switch owners doesn't stop there.

We've also yet another Expansion Pass coming for a big Switch title.

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