Tetsuya Takahashi, Studio Head for Monolith Soft and the creator of the Xenoblade franchise, has explained that he’d like to focus on the Xenoblade brand moving forward. This news comes from an interview Takahashi had with Vandal. Takahashi added that he wanted to focus on the Xenoblade brand in order to strengthen it, making it even more of a pillar for the JRPG genre than it already is.
But the Xenoblade franchise isn’t the only thing that Takahashi wants the team at Monolith Soft to work on. He described how a smaller-scale project would also be good for the studio. This would give everyone something different to work on and diversify their day-to-day routine for a while. The idea for this smaller project would probably be something outside of the Xenoblade franchise, just to keep things fresh for the developers.
The direct quote, courtesy of My Nintendo News, is as follows. “From the point of view of giving Monolith Soft more variety, I would like to do a smaller-scale project if the opportunity arose. But right now, I think we should focus on increasing the value of the brand that we have created with the Xenoblade Chronicles saga. Of course, if we manage to organize ourselves in a way that allows us to do so, I would also like to give a small-scale project a chance.”
We absolutely loved Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition, as well as Xenoblade Chronicles 2. The games feel as though they’ve become an intrinsic part of the Nintendo Switch’s DNA, and Nintendo’s consoles in general on a larger scale. If Takahashi wants to work on a smaller project for a while, that’s fine by us. Still, we’ll be patiently waiting for Xenoblade Chronicles 3.