And today we learned Xenoblade Chronicles 2, the final major Switch release of the year, will have more content than anyone expected. In spring 2018, a new rare blade will be added, then a new challenge battle mode in summer.
The expansion pass, priced at $29.99, will grant access to the DLC packs detailed above as they are released and they can't be purchased individually.
During the latest Direct conference, Nintendo announced that Breath of the Wild owners would be able to play a free Xenoblade Chronicles 2 side quest from November 9. 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.
Available as a free update, the quest gives players the chance to unlock a Xenoblade costume for Link.
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The Direct discussed details of Blades, which are artificial lifeforms that bond with Drivers like Xenoblade Chronicles 2's main character, Rex.
Blades are described as having a vast array of support abilities, some which can increase the number of items that the player can collect or open new paths to travel through, amongst other abilities. When players fight alongside their chosen Blade, they might trigger effects that protect the Driver, strengthen attacks and so forth. It will be available on December 1, 2017 for Xenoblade Chronicles 2. The collector's edition and special Nintendo pro controller will also release on launch day.
We've also yet another Expansion Pass coming for a big Switch title. Game Informer has just published a huge interview with executive director Tetsuya Takahashi and have asked them that very question.