Nintendo has, today, broadcast a rather enjoyable online presentation for Xenoblade Chronicles X that focused on the game's world and some key features; you can read our summary and watch the full thing here. As part of the festivities the company also put the game up on the Japanese Wii U eShop for pre-purchase / pre-download - as a result some interesting details have been picked up from the game page.
For starters, the game will support the Wii U Pro Controller - though the GamePad will have handy features - and will run at a nature 720p; a usb keyboard can also be used. Naturally that keyboard compatibility points to the previously mooted online play, and well-known NeoGaf resident and translator Cheesemeister has posted the following tweet.
The game's team have previously hinted at relatively passive online play in which you come across other players online but don't necessarily get involved in each other's games, which could certainly be the 32-player item and information exchange mechanic. It's 4-player co-op on quests that really catches the eye, and it could certainly be hugely fun to swap out AI characters for real-life comrades; quite how this'll actually work is still unclear, but more presentations - with the next focused on combat - are promised to be on the way.
Finally, the information page confirms what was previously suggested by Monolith Soft regarding its hefty file size; it comes in at 22.7GB in Japan.
It'll be intriguing to learn how online functionality will be implemented in Xenoblade Chronicles X - have today's details increased your hype for its release?
[source twitter.com, via neogaf.com]
Nice online functionality, if somewhat limited, do we know if this is friends list only 4 player, or anyone online?
Looks neat. Too bad it has the boring and tedious gameplay of it predecessor.
"and will run at a nature 720p."
I think you meant 'native.'
I watched the video this morning. I don't understand Japanese, but I recognized some of the gameplay mechanics from Xenoblade (man do I LOVE that game)
so excited for online! i wonder if the 32 player will be in a hub world! where you can get a party together and trade and do quests like phantasy star online MAN I AM SOOO pUMPED!
Looks like another home run with the awesome game play of Xenoblade chronicles. Look forward to having another JRPG to add to my collection.
The more i look at it, XCX looks more and more like PSO2 with a lot more to offer naturally.
The game will probably offer single players quest and a lot of multiplayer sidequest !
That would be nice !
Very excited for this game. When I first heard of it's development I was skeptical, but the more I hear the more I can't wait for it. It sounds like 2015 will be the year, probably this fall. Playing online with up to four friends would be awesome. It would be nice if they used a drop in drop out mechanic where a friend replaces a party member, but then that party member returns when they leave. Naturally with a game this large (and time consuming) you can't have a friend by your side the entire time that easily.
22.7GB... get your pre-installs ready!
Excelent. Co-op sounds nice. Im hoping for local co-op, but dunno.
Also lol, I wont download this. Better to get the disc
I don't think I can get more excited for this game. It has surpassed Zelda as my most-wanted title this year.
Oh, maybe there's one way: local co-op with one player looking at the gamepad, and another looking at the TV. It's not really needed, though, since games like this are almost always solo experiences for me.
@minotaurgamer Well, I guess not everyone gets it.
Online quests and trading items ?? I'm in !
It'll be Fantasy Life / Phantasy Star 0 all over again for me lol
@Flowerlark Sure it will be, Nintendo recommends that if you buy digital then you should get an external hard drive. If anything I'd be more concerned about the disc version, pretty sure it was said that this is really pushing the limits of space available on a Wii U disc.
Interesting. The translations normally add a couple GB as well.
22.7 GB is hefty? Try over 60 GB for the Halo Master Chief collection.
Awww, c'mon! Don't get my hopes up! That sounds way too cool if it's true...
23GB really isnt much. Diablo 3 on the PS4 for instance requires 40GB, and im talking about the Disc version...
Man, getting more excited about this game all the time.
Ya, 22GB isn't even that much anymore. That's more than 1% of a 2TB drive, and people are saying you don't need that much space. If more games were this size or even a bit bigger, 2TB would be filled easily.
It's not that much, because HDDs have gotten cheaper and have more space than even 6-7 years ago.
500GB disappears pretty fast on Xbox One, but it handles memory differently and they are pushing that console a bit harder, as far I can tell. The disc copies still needs installation, too, so it's basically a mirror running in your disc drive, but now I'm just rambling.
720p 60FPS or 720p 30FPS?
@SCAR392 I actually preferred to install Xbox 360 games. It basically did a disc check and then played the game from the HDD. I would guess Xbox One does similar. It saves wear and tear on the optical drive and improves the gameplay performance.
It actually irritated me that I didn't have the option to install to storage with the Wii U, and it still bothers me when I play a game like Arkham Origins where the entire game freezes while the optical drive tries to catch up.
But I am torn between getting this on Disc or Digital. I guess it will depend on the extras on the physical edition and what replacement loyalty program is in place by then.
I understand. I used to install discs on Xbox 360, too, but once games started going to "on demand", I made the jump to digital instead of messing with disc installs. Disc installation is what made it easy for me to understand that files coming straight off the hard drive just run better.
I get that you want disc installs on Wii U, but those games on disc didn't run well, because the 3rd party companies like WB failed at even optimizing the game to run off of disc for Wii U. An installation would have solved the problem, but it technically doesn't need it, which means they poorly optimized it. CoD Ghosts requires installation on everything except Wii U, and it runs basically the same as everything else, which means Activision did a good job in that area, but the game's graphics were still last generation, which is where they failed.
See, what I'm hoping is that the 4-player questing is being able to run all of the open world with your group of friends.. That'd be killer, running around the massive world in a posse, hunting big game, exploring the environment for secrets.. Having races in mechs.. That all sounds amazing.
@Dr_Corndog Get what? that is boring? that the battles are just moving icons while standing there with the button pressed? the the story is full of anime cliches and tropes? I do get that very well.. How gamers have fun with that? That I don't get. And after many years of playing JRPGs I doubt I ever will.
Is this a good way to go really? Online Co-op I mean. I think it's cool and all, but to have better fun and experience, you need online. Leave that to Sony and Microsoft to make games that depend on internet usage.
@MetalK9 Nintendo's online is fine
@Osiris11235 Which contains, what, five games?
Online up to 4 players sounds great! I hope its done well as I absolutely love online gaming.
I didn't think my hype could go any higher, then this direct happened. Do we have a date for the combat focused direct?
This will probably turn out to be my game of the decade at the least.
4 player questing, yaaaay!
It's actually pretty cool that you can play with up to four players online since the Wii U could definitely use more games like that! Seeing as this game will most likely have tons of content tackling quests with other people should make for a great time. It's almost like an mmo and if the story and gameplay is solid then this could be one of my favorite games on Wii U!
720P only? That stinks. The Wii U is already showing it's lack of power here... Shame too, the game is looking pretty good, and could've looked even better.
@Jaz007 720p is a very good resolution what are you complaining about?
mk8 is 720p and it looks fantastic...
@royeab 720P isn't a great resolution though. It's also a thing of last-gen, and I expect more now. X also is the type of game that would definitally benefit from 1080P.
Chase the Graphics Dragon on one of the other two consoles will you whilst I'll enjoy a GREAT GAME.
@SonsofBelichick Not saying it won't be a great game or that I won't love it if I get it, however, I will call them out for making something below the current standards, which will be even further along by the time it come out. And all parts of a game pitch in to make it great, including graphics.
Man wonder if Shulk Amiibo will do anything for this game.
@B64111980 you should check before you correct mk8 was indeed 720 and 60 fps in 3 and 4 players the fps dropped to 30
22GB is hefty in the respect that the Wii U only has a 40GB HDD max. Guess an external HDD or physical purchase will be on the cards for myself.
I don't care that I'm broke, if they put this up for preinstall in North America I would immediately get it. Just the satisfaction of knowing it's right there on my Wii U would be worth the cost.
@Liam_Doolan umm actually you can get an external hhd with up to 2TB
"I will call them out for making something below the current standards"
??? The only standard I'll be thinking about will be it's... gameplay, you keep chasing that graphics dragon though!
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