Monolith Soft has become a household name to fans of Nintendo. Since the acquisition of the company from Bandai Namco in 2007, the Xenoblade developers have gone from strength to strength. Although their Xenoblade Chronicles 2 prequel Torna: The Golden Country only released earlier this month, anticipation for what’s next is high.
USgamer recently interviewed the main man over at Monolith Soft: Tetsuya Takahashi. In the interview, Takahashi had various tidbits to share. One example of this was that both Xenoblade Chronicles 2 and its recent prequel are performing above expectations. This is particularly due to the popularity of the series in the West, which seems ironic given Nintendo’s reluctance to release the original game outside of Japan.
While the series is often based in the fantasy genre, the one exception to this is the fantastic Xenoblade Chronicles X. Many have speculated that the series may see a return to the sci-fi genre, potentially with a followup on Switch. When Takahashi was asked about the possibility, his reply was a surprising one, to say the least. Takahashi doesn’t seem to be overly interested in a return to sci-fi, or fantasy for that matter. Instead, he seems to be considering taking the Xenoblade series in a new direction altogether.
Here were his exact words:
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.”
What this new direction for the series will be is still up in the air, with Takahashi giving no clues as of yet. We know that the studio is working on a new IP that is closer to medieval fantasy than any of their recent efforts. As such, I have my doubts it would be anything in that vein, but anything’s possible.
What direction would you like to see the next Xenoblade title go in? Tell us in the comment section below! Personally, I am all in for a Xenoblade Chronicles X-2. However, if that’s off the table then a title set in the present day would be interesting new ground.