Xenoblade Chronicles 2 has proven to be a real underdog success story for the JRPG genre on Switch. With over a million copies sold, Monolith Soft (Developers of the Xenoblade series) have helped pave the way for the JRPG genre on the hybrid system. With the brand new Torna DLC finally available Monolith Soft doesn’t look to be slowing down either, especially with the series director suggesting that the next installment of the series could take a new direction.
In an interview conducted by US Gamer, Monolith Soft’s Executive Director Tetsuya Takahashi talks not only about the game’s success, but a possible new direction for the series.
When asked if the series would ever return to the more sci-fi mech piloting playstyle of the Wii U’s Xenoblade Chronicles X, Takahashi responded, “I’m someone who gets bored of whatever it was I did last. If the Xenoblade Chronicles series continues, you just might see it take a third option. It might go down a path it hasn’t gone down before.”
For those who are familiar with Tetsuya Takahashi’s work, it comes as no surprise that he likes to switch things up. Xenoblade Chronicles is loosely related to Takahashi’s Xeno series that goes all the way back to the original Xenogears on PS1. Takahashi also changed the direction that the series took when it jumped to the PS2 generation and became known as Xenosaga.
With Xenoblade Chronicles 1, 2, and X all having vastly different storylines and play mechanics it wouldn’t be at all surprising to see a future installment take on an all-new direction. But exactly what kind of direction could it take?
So far we’ve seen mechs, the colonization of new planets, and giant living islands that look like dinosaurs. It can only get stranger from here. Maybe we will see a more medieval approach, possibly a western, or what about an underwater mech civilization? I am probably just getting a bit carried away, but it is exciting to not quite know where the series could go next.
As for the newly released Torna DLC, Takahashi seemed to express an appreciation for how well it has been selling in Japan. Even though it is still in its early days of release, he claims it has already exceeded the studio’s expectations.
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