When Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition launches later this month on Nintendo Switch, it will likely be plenty of people’s first time experience this iconic Wii JRPG. For long-time fans of the game who are returning to the remake, though, one of the most exciting aspects of this updated version of the game is the brand new epilogue. Titled Future Connected, details have been tight on what fans can expect from this brand new story. In this week’s upcoming issue of Famitsu magazine, though, a new interview with Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition director Tetsuya Takahashi confirms that players can expect to get 10-12 hours out of the new content.
According to Takahashi, the main story content of the new Future Connected epilogue runs for about 10-12 hours. If you decide to go for all of the side content as well, you’re expected to get 20 hours out of the epilogue. In his interview with Famitsu, Takahashi admitted that it would have been possible to make Future Connected longer if they had planned it as paid downloadable content for Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition. Doing that would have affected the development of new titles, however, so they decided not to.
Takahashi also shared other interesting tidbits on the development of this new remaster. During development, Monolith Soft’s First Production staff divided themselves into three different sections: one section did work on Xenoblade: Definitive Edition, one was working on a brand new title, and the third contributed to both projects. He also shared that they weren’t able to re-record the music for this updated release with an orchestra, so they instead opted to remaster and rearrange the original music. The data compression and sound quality of this game is also set to be much more enhanced compared to Xenoblade Chronicles 2.
Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition is set to release on May 29.