Nintendo is referencing the Xenoblade Chronicles 4 – but we’re not convinced
A recent interview with Monolith Soft suggests that more Xenoblade Chronicles games will happen – but will they really be?
Up to this point, Xenoblade Chronicles 3 has largely been seen as the end of the trilogy. Director Tetsuya Takahashi had previously stated (opens in a new tab) that the game was supposed to combine the worlds of the first two games into a completely new story. Which seems like a fantastic way to end the trilogy.
However, the producer of Xenoblade Chronicles 3, Genki Yokota, made it seem like it won’t be. Within Ask the developer for an interview (opens in a new tab) On the Nintendo website, Yokota answered the question of whether the Xenoblade Chronicles series would continue by saying, “Yes, it will continue! I want it to last as long as possible! “
In the same interview, Yokota also confirmed that the story DLC for Xenoblade Chronicles 3 will probably be as large as the expansion pack for the previous game – Torna: The Golden Country. If this works, it will likely take 20 to 30 hours to complete the Xenoblade Chronicles 3 DLC.
If you believe Yokota, Xenoblade Chronicles will stay here. But I don’t think that means Xenoblade Chronicles 4 is set in stone …
More Xenoblade chronicles to come?
At first glance, Yokota’s comments may sound like Xenoblade Chronicles 4 finally happened. But will this really happen?
I have no doubts that Monolith Soft will continue to make great games. But they don’t necessarily have to be called Xenoblade Chronicles. This is because the entire Xeno series has been around for decades. It started with Xenogears on PS1 and continued in the Xenosaga trilogy on PS2.
I expect more Xeno games to be released in the future. But not necessarily with the “blade” suffix. I think it is more likely that we will get a new game set that is part of the overarching Xeno series.
Or we’ll get Xenoblade spin-offs. In that case, Xenoblade Warriors would be at the top of my list. In recent years, Omega Force has proven its prowess with Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity and Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes. So I think the developer is in a good position to bring his signature hack ‘n’ slash fight into the Xenoblade universe.
Ultimately, I believe the next Monolith Soft game will launch on what the successor to the Nintendo Switch will be. The developer’s talent for awe-inspiring scale begs to be released on more powerful equipment. What better time to start a brand new series under the Xeno banner?
Of course, only time will tell. Perhaps Xenoblade Chronicles 4 will finally be built. But considering that the recently released third game seems to summarize the franchise’s story fairly concisely enough, I would honestly be surprised if it was anything entirely new.