Xenoblade Chronicles: DE Quality of Life Improvements Detailed

Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition's new Future Connected story expansion includes a brand-new combat system too.

Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition's quest system is getting a revamp, polishing some of the original's more fiddly bits and generally improving quality of life all around. On top of that, Definitive Edition's new addition, the Future Connected story expansion, will feature a brand-new battle system.

The quest system and QoL news comes from Nintendo Japan, translated by Perfectly Nintendo, and the Future Connected tidbit is printed on the game's download card, translated by Nintendo Everything.

The original Xenoblade Chronicles' quest system tasked you with finding specific people or items. The trouble was you had basically no intel to guide you through the game's massive areas, and the map was crummy at best. Definitive Edition presents quest information in a clearer way and provides a map marker leading to your objective if you set a quest as your main one.

The Colony 6 reconstruction questline received some improvements too. You can easily see what materials and money you need from the menu, instead of chatting with the various key people scattered around the settlement. Hopefully, finding said materials is a bit smoother this time around as well, but we'll have to wait and see.

Equipment in the original Xenoblade Chronicles changes both your stats and appearance, which was a bit of a bummer if your ideal look didn't offer the stat enhancements you needed. One of Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition's quality of life enhancements is adding the Fashion Gear system from Xenoblade Chronicles X. Fashion Gear lets you lock your outfit in place, so your appearance won't change when you swap out equipment.

Finally is Future Connected's changes. The Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition download card says it introduces a brand-new battle system, like Torna: The Golden Country did for Xenoblade Chronicles 2. Those two Nopon featured in the trailer and promotional shots are apparently important as well.

As mentioned, you can check out the original QoL story on Perfectly Nintendo, with the download card translation on Nintendo Everything.

It looks like this particular writer was a bit hasty labeling Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition just a pretty enhancement. We're excited to see what the final product is like, so stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition news as we near its May 29 launch date.

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Josh Broadwell started gaming in the early '90s. But it wasn't until 2017 he started writing about them, after finishing two history degrees and deciding a career in academia just wasn't the best way forward. You'll usually find him playing RPGs, strategy games, or platformers, but he's up for almost anything that seems interesting.

Published Apr. 30th 2020

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