Just two days after the game picked up a rating from South Korea’s Game Rating and Administration Committee, the ESRB has rated Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition with a perfectly expected T for teens. Discovered by @XenoTrivia on Twitter, ratings like this often preclude something like a news drop, and are at least some indication of positive progress toward completed development. The absolute best-case scenario from this ESRB rating is a Direct sometime in the next few days, and since that lines up with a seemingly credible rumor that predicted the Animal Crossing: New Horizons Direct, I like our odds at good news, and soon.
The ESRB has finally rated #XenobladeChronicles Definitive Edition. It was also just rated in South Korea recently, so it seems like development may be wrapping up on the game soon. This is it everyone! just a little longer and we'll get some news. pic.twitter.com/vZCcjfOUkd
— XenoBits: Definitive Edition (@XenoTrivia) February 23, 2020
An ESRB rating itself isn’t that interesting, but the implication of news possibly coming soon sure is. Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition is one of my most anticipated games of the year, and I need to know more about it ASAP. I don’t care if we see some gameplay, a release date, or even just a few screenshots, I just want to know something about how it’s coming along. The original version of the game on Wii was one of Nintendo’s best games of the last decade. Its gorgeous, sprawling environments and moving soundtrack will be absolutely mesmerizing on a modern console, and the plethora of sidequests and the occasional long level grind will be much more adaptable on a portable system. The Switch is getting what will almost certainly be the best version of one of the best RPGs ever. Like I said–I’m really feeling it!