Xenoblade Chronicles Director Reveals Epilogue Story Length

The biggest addition in Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition is a new epilogue story called Future Connected, which is set one year after the events of the base game and follows Shulk and Melia on a quest to the Bionis’ shoulder. Now we have an idea of how long this epilogue story is.

In an interview with Weekly Famitsu (as translated by Gematsu), Monolith Soft head and Xenoblade director Tetsuya Takahashi estimates that Future Connected takes 10-12 hours to clear if you focus strictly on the story, and about 20 hours to complete if you factor in all of the side content.

Although Future Connected is set after Xenoblade Chronicles, Nintendo confirmed that it’ll be available right from the outset, so you don’t need to play through the main game first to access it. However, the title won’t include two features from the 3DS version: Amiibo support and Collection Mode.

In addition to the new story content, Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition features improved visuals over the original Wii version. Nintendo recently shared a variety of screenshots showcasing the revamped character models and environments. The game also boasts some re-recorded music tracks and other touchups.

Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition launches on Switch on May 29. Nintendo is also releasing a “Definitive Works” bundles of the game in the US that comes with a hardcover art book, while Europe is getting a Collector’s Set that includes a steelbook case, soundtrack, and other goodies. You can read more in our Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition pre-order guide.

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