President of Monolith Soft and Xenoblade Chronicles X Director Tetsuya Takahashi wants to bring the game to the Nintendo Switch but states that “the future at present is unclear”.
Xenoblade Chronicles X released back in 2015 for the Wii U, being a spiritual successor to the original Xenoblade Chronicles released for the Wii, although without having any story connections to previous Xeno games (there are a few threads here and there however).
The game was praised critically for it’s open game world design, something that inspired The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, a game Monolith Soft helped developed. Considering the Nintendo Switch’s success compared to the Wii U, many want a remaster of the game for Nintendo’s new console.
In a recent interview with GameInformer, Takahashi was asked about the possibility of seeing Xenoblade Chronicles on the Nintendo Switch:
Well, the future at present is unclear,
Personally speaking, I’d love to play the game on the Switch, but it would be really difficult to make it.
Remastering games isn’t as simple as running them through a conversion program, there’s a lot of work in reworking assets to make sure they play optimally on the new platform. Takahashi suggests that the cost for remaking such a huge game is one of the main roadblocks that stand in the way of Xenoblade Chronicles X coming to the Switch.
It’s a massive game. Re-creating it would be really difficult.
As a huge fan of X, the game is perfect for the Switch in terms of its game design. The game’s a huge underappreciated gem in my opinion. Plus it has one of the most unique soundtracks ever.
Takahashi and his 1st Production Development Department Team, the folks behind all the Xenoblade games, are currently working on a new RPG that the veteran Director “wanted to make for a long time”. Expect to hear more about that project in the coming months.
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