Recently, a video clip from June has been circulating online where Xenoblade Chronicles Melia voice actor Jenna Coleman spoke briefly on the Monolith Soft role-playing game series. She casually said of the series, “I think they’re going to do another,” and then added, “Don’t know if I’m allowed to say that.” That alone turned a lot of heads, but now Imran Khan has published a report at Fanbyte stating that Xenoblade Chronicles 3 is in fact “nearing its final stages of development.”
Additionally, Xenoblade Chronicles 3 will reportedly take place in a “far-flung future” with some returning characters who outlived the human characters. The report describes the game as the end of a trilogy and that Coleman would be aware of the game’s existence since Melia is returning and Coleman may have already recorded dialogue for the character.
On a technical level, Xenoblade Chronicles 3 is reportedly aiming to have the most character models present on screen of any game in the franchise so far, including heroes and enemies. The game was allegedly planned to be announced earlier this year but wasn’t due to pandemic challenges and likely the challenges of making a video game in general. It may still be announced before the end of the year, for a release in the first half of 2022; it apparently has been targeting a winter 2021 release that it is not likely to hit.
If Xenoblade Chronicles 3 really does offer returning characters like Melia in a future timeline and gets more explicit about the connections between the first two games, that will please a lot of people. Either way, a third entry has almost definitely been in development for a while, since Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition was a major financial success.