Xenoblade Chronicles 3 made an expected appearance at the February 2023 Nintendo Direct and gave us a surprising sneak peak at what looks to be the upcoming story DLC, coming in Volume 4 of the Expansion Pass.

Before we jump into that, though, we have a release date for Volume 3 — 15th February, so one week from today! A brand new hero called Masha will be joining the party, and she's a... Lapidarist? Basically, she can make accessories for your party using special types of ore.

Along with Masha, new challenge battles are being added with roguelike elements. You'll battle waves of enemies and gain new heroes and abilities as you progress. Plus special outfits inspired by previous Xenoblade characters.

Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Masha
Image: Nintendo / Monolith Soft

As for Volume 4, all Nintendo had to say about it is "look forward to an exciting final volume featuring an original story scenario". But we did get a little look at some of the characters — and fans of Xenoblade Chronicles 1 and 2 have likely clocked who a few of them are.

Do you recognise anyone in the upcoming story DLC trailer? And what do you think of Masha? Get your blades ready in the comments!