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E3 - Monolith Soft's New Game Appears on Nintendo Direct

TwinBahamutTwinBahamut Staff HealerRPGamer Staff
edited June 2013 in Latest Updates
The game only known as "X" is still an enigma, but it is a very beautiful enigma filled with glorious giant robots. RPGamers can look forward to playing the game next year, but might want to watch this trailer first.

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  • LordKaiserLordKaiser Gaming Freedom Full Members
    edited June 2013
    I can't stop watching this trailer please help me!!!!!
    Never buy a game published by D3 Publisher that is not WKCII. They cheated on their fans by releasing a game that they didn't support not even for a year and they released a rushed translation.
  • DarkRPGMasterDarkRPGMaster A Witness to Destruction Moderators
    edited June 2013
    So many areas that look like they were Xenoblade areas...direct sequel for once, or will it be the usual "we're taking things you've seen before and rehashing them" sort of deal Monolith usually does?
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  • JormungandJormungand Member Full Members
    edited June 2013
    I don't really see any particular parallels to Xenoblade areas aside from giant architecture in the backgrounds. All looks golden to me.

    However, I continue to have concerns about this game being Western-style in the sense that you would create and customize an "avatar" who isn't really a defined main character. I wouldn't like that. I feel like I've seen that male character several times but with different hair colors, which is why I bring this up. Perhaps there's just an optional online component where you create a character, and that's what we've been shown.

    I'm hopeful that "open world" doesn't mean Monolith will ditch a traditional cast of playable characters, including a main character (who is defined and not customizable/re-nameable/etc.) After all, Takahashi's strength as a creator and director is realizing worlds and narratives with large scope.
  • SandySandy Final Fanatic Full Members
    edited June 2013
    They seem to be marketing this game "gameplay first", which for a rpgamer like me is concerning. I wouldn't buy a game where an avatar without any personality flies around in a mech and kills big monsters, no matter how gorgeous the graphics and the environments were. I play games for the interactive stories they tell - the measly amount of games I buy in a year is very telling of that.
  • riulynriulyn Member Full Members
    edited June 2013
    I agree that the world doesn't look like Xenoblade areas, though certainly some of the awesome design elements are in it. There are definitely little/no clues as to what kind of story this game will have, though there is an absence of a strong party presence in the trailer. The fact that it's supposed to release in all regions in 2014 is a good sign at least. When there's an official release date, I'll make my decision then whether or not this is worth spending all the money on.
  • TwinBahamutTwinBahamut Staff Healer RPGamer Staff
    edited June 2013
    Jormungand said:
    I don't really see any particular parallels to Xenoblade areas aside from giant architecture in the backgrounds. All looks golden to me.

    However, I continue to have concerns about this game being Western-style in the sense that you would create and customize an "avatar" who isn't really a defined main character. I wouldn't like that. I feel like I've seen that male character several times but with different hair colors, which is why I bring this up. Perhaps there's just an optional online component where you create a character, and that's what we've been shown.

    I'm hopeful that "open world" doesn't mean Monolith will ditch a traditional cast of playable characters, including a main character (who is defined and not customizable/re-nameable/etc.) After all, Takahashi's strength as a creator and director is realizing worlds and narratives with large scope.
    Well, I don't think you need to worry about that quite yet. I wouldn't be surprised at all if this game has player-customized characters, and it has been announced to have an open world, but I don't think either would be cause to make a company that's in love with convoluted and dramatic stories give up their speciality.

    Having an open world doesn't get in the way of a story. It is just a different way of structuring locations, and doesn't really directly affect the events that happen within those locations. It is still easy to set a long, flowing narrative within such a world.

    Also, even if this game does have customizable characters (which may be likely), I don't think that would prevent the game from having a good story. Even ignoring customizable characters like Shepard or Hawke from BioWare games, there are games with completely customizable characters that still have a strong focus on story. White Knight Chronicles is the closest cousin I've seen to Xenoblade in terms of basic gameplay style, and it makes it work (the game's story is all kinds of flawed, but none of that is related to the customizable avatar character issue). Gods Eater Burst does the same (and it actually works pretty well in that game, all things considered). It certainly forces some changes to the way the story is told, but it still allows for great storytelling.

    So, yeah, I think it is too early to worry. For now, I'll continue to enjoy these trailers until Nintendo decides to give us more information.
  • MasterChiefMasterChief I didn't learn anything! Full Members
    edited June 2013
    Yes. I'll take it.

    Now someone put Reggie in a corner and beat him with a bullwhip if he even thinks about not releasing it here.
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  • OrsonFuryOrsonFury Member Full Members
    edited June 2013
    The second video of "X" was quite telling. The gameplay seems more "mech" focused and yet less grounded (pun intended) by Xenoblade. I can see some parallels of "X" to Xenoblade. Particularly when they show the field scenes at sunset which are reminiscent of Colony 9 or when the human player goes up against a big monster (similar to the Bionis Leg near the Colony 6 refugee camp). "X" will still be high on my watchlist, but I do have a whee bit of concern of it turning out like Ragnarok Odyssey, so I hope we learn more details in terms of the playable character cast and story backdrop.
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  • scorpio_7scorpio_7 Tactic's Ogre I choose u! Full Members
    edited June 2013
    It looks very Xeno :)

    If anything that red X reminds me of Xenogears... imagine, maybe it's a Xenogears remake, hehe.
  • NefarioCallNefarioCall Member Full Members
    edited June 2013
    scorpio_7 said:
    It looks very Xeno :)

    If anything that red X reminds me of Xenogears... imagine, maybe it's a Xenogears remake, hehe.
    Yeah, that red X is exactly Xenogears ... and i don't think it's by accident.
    Thing is, and correct me if i'm wrong, but the original concept was sold to SE (much as Fox owns Firefly),
    Which led to the Xenosaga reboot among a long list of other things.
    It could just as easily be called Xenosaga 4, but the red X is unmistakable.
  • ShayminShaymin The Gratitude Pokemon Full Members
    edited June 2013
    MasterChief said:
    Yes. I'll take it.

    Now someone put Reggie in a corner and beat him with a bullwhip if he even thinks about not releasing it here.
    Considering it was the semi-main in their E3 conference, this shouldn't be an issue.
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  • Strawberry EggsStrawberry Eggs The Bemused Administrators
    edited June 2013
    Well, Xenoblade was first shown at E3, still being called "Monado: Beginning of the World" at the time. I'm going to stay optimistic and think NoA won't make that mistake again, though anything is possible. :P
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  • Rya_ReisenderRya_Reisender Solipsist Snowflake Full Members
    edited June 2013
    Isn't this the game were they said it has online multiplayer and then you all were disappointing because it could turn out to be a Xenoblade MMORPG? Would also explain the whole everyone makes himself an avatar thing.

    Edit: Also in the video you can see another player standing around in the background which would fit to the MMORPG theory.
  • TaikaTaika Member Full Members
    edited June 2013
    Yeah, the style of the red X immediately caught my attention. Oh please, please let it be Xenogears/Saga... such an awesome universe that never reached closure. In any case, the mechs and visuals look really cool. I'm interested. :)
  • CidolfasCidolfas Member Full Members
    edited June 2013
    I did get quite a Xenogears/Saga vibe from the trailer. And also, did anyone else notice that TRANSFORMERS!
  • TwinBahamutTwinBahamut Staff Healer RPGamer Staff
    edited June 2013
    The transforming mechs were indeed quite noticeable. I'm looking forward to controlling them. I wonder how customizable they might be... I can hope for at least the level of customization that Xenosaga 1's AGWS or 3's ES's have, I think.

    I don't think this is going to be related to Xenogears or Xenosaga any more than Xenoblade was, though. Those properties are still owned by Square Enix and Namco Bandai respectively, after all. It doesn't particularly look like either of them, as well. It certainly looks nothing at all like Xenogears. This is much more likely to be either Xenoblade 2 or completely unrelated to any previous game. Possibly both of those, if Monolith Soft feels like borrowing a page from the Final Fantasy playbook.
  • NefarioCallNefarioCall Member Full Members
    edited June 2013
    If that's the case we're being trolled really hard with that red 'X'.
    Totally possible.
  • MacstormMacstorm Ysy St. Administrators
    edited June 2013
    This is looking a lot like Xenoblade's battle system with Xenogears's gears...and a single character focus instead of a party.
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  • OcelotOcelot is not declawed RPGamer Staff
    edited June 2013
    Yeah, and that last part is too bad if it's true, because the relationships between the party members were some of the best parts of Xenoblade.
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  • JormungandJormungand Member Full Members
    edited June 2013
    Indeed they were. I want to remain hopeful and believe we haven't seen any single-player story stuff yet.
  • ScarScar Member Full Members
    edited June 2013
    lol Monolith and their love for Xs.

    Also, Transformer!!!!!

    Color me tickled.
  • AncientRuneAncientRune Member Full Members
    edited June 2013
    you are all worrying too much. This will not be a MMORPG, it may have multiplayer but Monolithsoft wont take away the single player story driven game. In the end Nintendo is the one that is probably pushing the multiplayer. As for the player 1234 they could just be placeholders because they dont want to give anything away yet, these trailers are just hype and small glimpses into the game.
    They also have shown single player like when you see party members follow the mech.

    Ironically everyone usually gets mad at trailers that dont show gameplay and now the one game that only shows gameplay is getting the same treatment, kinda silly if you ask me
  • TwinBahamutTwinBahamut Staff Healer RPGamer Staff
    edited June 2013
    NefarioCall said:
    If that's the case we're being trolled really hard with that red 'X'.
    Totally possible.
    I wouldn't say that. Xenoblade also had an X a lot like that one. They didn't exactly copy the Xenogears distinctive X mark, after all. Actually, the one in the new game looks a lot more like the Xenoblade logo's X mark, which has an uneven paint-stroke look, rather than the Xenogears logo's X mark, which has even paint-strokes but has many blotches all around the mark.

    Really, the X was a Xenoblade hint from the very beginning. Not that the game really needed it since everything else looks so much like Xenoblade's gameplay (plus awesome mechs).
  • AncientRuneAncientRune Member Full Members
    edited June 2013
    Also if you watch closely the red Mech/doll has a yellow like ether that the Faces in Xenoblade had running through them and not many of the gears in xenogears transformed like the Faces did. so i think it leans toward Blade as well. I think it will be a new story but if it isnt i wont mind.

    I actually have some hypothesis on the story based on some art and the trailers but i wont post them yet
  • Strawberry EggsStrawberry Eggs The Bemused Administrators
    edited June 2013
    Even if it's not "Xenoblade 2," it seems to be meant to be a follow-up to the first game. What glimpses we see of the battle system look very similar.
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  • VncentValntineVncentValntine Pretty much... Full Members
    edited June 2013
    The first few seconds of the game made me think Yoshltaka Hirota was doing the music... But then it got a little "pop"y.
  • OrsonFuryOrsonFury Member Full Members
    edited June 2013
    AncientRune said:
    I actually have some hypothesis on the story based on some art and the trailers but i wont post them yet
    Do tell. Do tell. With the appearance of all the mechs in this most recently trailer I'm thinking that "X" is a sequel to Xenoblade set on Bionis' nemesis; Mechonis. I remember playing Xenoblade Chronicles thinking how cool a sequel would play out on Mechonis since you see glimpses of Mechonis throughout the game. Anyone else have theories about the story backdrop?
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  • AncientRuneAncientRune Member Full Members
    edited June 2013
    I think its an undevoloped planet humans may have crash landed on. I think that the city in the trailer may actually be a scrapped spaceship, which would explain the dwindling power source.
    I see two things happening, either that its Xenoblade cast/future generations finding a way to a new planet or a group of humans accidentally landing on the world of xenoblade,
    Spoiler:
    We have no idea what the world looks at the end of XB.


    I also have a third one that is way out there but the crashed spaceship may be
    Spoiler:
    Alvis and that the old universe was never destroyed


    mostly these are just some rumblings from someone who is extremely excited for this game.
  • Iliya MoroumetzIliya Moroumetz Member Full Members
    edited June 2013
    Want to know what the worst part of this was? I wanted to get Xenoblade and I finally got the spare cash to get it and not only is it nowhere to be found in my local stores, but amazon is selling it for almost 300 dollars!!

    Stupid Nintendo!
  • smacdsmacd Full Members
    edited June 2013
    Looks like its $200 on Amazon for me. You can probably find a used copy on Ebay for around $100. But yeah, Xenoblade had a limited run and was a GameStop exclusive in the US, at least for awhile. It was highly recommended to get it at release, since there was no guarantee there would ever be a second run. And given all the hype around it, its no surprise that the prices inflated so quickly.
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