Nintendo alludes to Xenoblade Chronicles 4 – but we're not convinced

Nintendo alludes to Xenoblade Chronicles 4 – but we’re not convinced

A recent interview with Monolith Soft suggests more Xenoblade Chronicles games will happen – but is that really going to be the case?

Xenoblade Chronicles 3 has mainly been regarded as the conclusion of a trilogy up until this point. Tetsuya Takahashi, the game’s director, had previously claimed that the game would merge the universes of the first two games to tell a completely new narrative. Which appears to be an excellent approach to wrap up the trilogy.

Genki Yokota, the game’s producer, has given the impression that won’t be the case. Yokota answered to the query of whether the Xenoblade Chronicles series will continue in an Ask the Developer interview on Nintendo’s website by saying: “Yes, it will continue. I want to continue it as long as I can!”

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In the same interview, Yokota also confirmed that Xenoblade Chronicles 3’s story DLC will likely be as large as the previous game’s expansion – Torna: The Golden Country. If that checks out, then Xenoblade Chronicles 3’s DLC will likely take between 20 – 30 hours to complete.

If Yokota is to be believed, then Xenoblade Chronicles is here to stay. But I don’t think that means Xenoblade Chronicles 4 is set in stone…

More Xenoblade Chronicles to come?

At face value, Yokota’s comments could read like Xenoblade Chronicles 4 will eventually happen. But is that really going to happen?

I have no doubt that Monolith Soft will keep creating top-notch games. However, they might not always go by the Xenoblade Chronicles name. This is due to the fact that the entire Xeno series has been around for years. The PS1 version of it began with Xenogears, and the PS2 version continued with the Xenosaga trilogy.

I expect that more Xeno games will come in future. But not necessarily with that ‘blade’ suffix. I think it’s more likely we get a new set of games that’s part of the overarching Xeno franchise.

Or else, we might see some Xenoblade spin-offs. In such situation, a Xenoblade Warriors game would be at the top of my list. With games like Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes and Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, Omega Force has recently demonstrated its strength. Therefore, I believe the developer is in a good position to introduce its distinctive hack and slash combat to the Xenoblade world.

Ultimately, I think Monolith Soft’s next game will launch on whatever the successor to the Nintendo Switch will be. The developer’s talent for awe-inspiring scale is begging to be unleashed on more powerful hardware. What better time, then, to begin a brand new series under the Xeno banner?

Only time will tell, of course. Perhaps Xenoblade Chronicles 4 will eventually exist. But given that the recently released third game seems to wrap up the series’ story quite succinctly, I’d honestly be surprised if it was that over something entirely new.

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