Xenoblade Chronicles is coming to Nintendo Switch as a Definitive Edition release, with a launch date targeting sometime in 2020. Xenoblade Chronicles follows the adventures of Shulk and Fiora as they explore a massive JRPG open world, unraveling a mystery that blends questions about nature, technology, and the human spirit together to arrive at some truly interesting conclusions.
Xenoblade Chronicles originally released in 2010 on the Wii, but was notoriously difficult to get a hold of for anyone in North America, as the game released in Europe a year after its Japanese release but took even longer to arrive on North American shores. This was especially surprising because of the game's critical reception - Xenoblade Chronicles was one of the most widely-praised releases on the Wii, garnering several perfect scores from outlets while providing a brand new platform for the Xeno games to reach new audiences. The game was such a success that it would eventually spawn a sequel in Xenoblade Chronicles 2, which released for the Switch to the same kind of critical acclaim while avoiding the location launch troubles that plagued its predecessor.
Now, fans will get another chance to experience one of the most underplayed great JRPGs of its generation when Xenoblade Chronicles arrives on Switch in 2020. The game will be released as Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition, but there is nothing else known about it currently apart from glimpses at what it will look like from its reveal trailer courtesy of Nintendo. It's unclear what improvements, if any, will be made to the game, which will be a decade old by the time it releases on Switch. Shulk, perhaps better known to many Switch owners as one of the many characters in the Super Smash Bros. series, will reprise his role as protagonist alongside Fiora.
Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition for the Switch is a smart way to keep fans interested in the Xenoblade series while developer MONOLITHSOFT hasn't announced a new instalment yet. The game is legendary for being one of the best games barely anyone in the West played, and the 3DS port in 2014 did little to fix that. With so many people fond of Xenoblade Chronicles 2 and eager for more content, it will almost be like MONOLITHSOFT released a brand-new prequel.
Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition won't have to do much to garner interest from fans of the JRPG genre, but new gameplay modes, features, or content will go a long way in luring back people who have already completed the game. That will be especially important because the other quality Xenoblade Chronicles is known for apart from its near-perfect gameplay is its hefty length, with a 70 hour average playthrough and a completionist time of over double that. Anything to make the second experience different will be appreciated by fans, and could set up Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition as a sleeper hit for 2020 despite being an older game.