‘Xenoblade Chronicles 2’ to release first post-launch update next week

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"Xenoblade Chronicles 2" promotional photo. (Nintendo)

Game developer Monolith Soft has announced that the first post-launch update for the action role-playing title “Xenoblade Chronicles 2” will be released next week, and it will include a number of new features along with bug fixes.

Monolith’s executive director Tetsuya Takahashi shared the news via a recent post on the Nintendo website, where is revealed that the update will be arriving on Dec. 22.

The upcoming version 1.1.1 will add a bunch of features that will make for a better overall gameplay. After the update, players will be able to press the X button to access the Skip Travel screen showing the player’s current location. This will make it easier for players to spot Skip Travel locations and Salvage Points on the map.

Players will also get access to 1:1 zoom mini map once they press the L Stick. This feature will provide players will improved visibility, which will be useful when completing location-based quests.

The new update will also add an easy mode to the “Tiger! Tiger!” mini-game, as well as a number of bug fixes to improve the performance of “Xenoblade Chronicles 2.”

Takahashi revealed some of the items that players will get if they purchase the Expansion Pass for “Xenoblade Chronicles 2” next year. The first item is the Driver Essentials Set, which includes 10 rare core crystals, a legendary core crystal and 3 overdrives.

Players will also get 30,000 ether to upgrade Poppi as well as Pyra’s Favorite Things pack, which includes five Jenerossi Tea, and Nia’s Favorite Things pack, which includes five Ardainian Bear Carving.

“Xenoblade Chronicles 2” will also get a New Game+ mode, which is essentially a second playthrough of the game. This mode will be open for all players of the game, not just Expansion Pass holders. In this mode, players will be able to recruit additional characters and unlock some Level 4 Special skills for a certain Blade.

“Xenoblade Chronicles 2” is available for the Nintendo Switch.