Is Xenoblade Chronicles 2 a Direct Sequel?
When Xenoblade Chronicles 2 was first announced for the Nintendo Switch, many Xenoblade fans were surprised. We expected a sequel to Xenoblade Chronicles X, not to the original Xenoblade Chronicles. This quickly led to speculation about if and how the two games could be connected.
Since it’s numbered, the natural conclusion is to think Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is a sequel to the first game. Its setting is clearly different, with a world made up of multiple colossal Titans rather than the two giants in the original Xenoblade Chronicles, but the ending of Xenoblade Chronicles opens up possibilities that could allow them to still be connected.
However, during a Xenoblade Chronicles 2 live stream during the Nintendo Treehouse section of E3, the game’s Executive Director, Tetsuya Takahashi, said they chose to call it Xenoblade Chronicles 2 because it will be a story-driven game like the original Xenoblade Chronicles, instead of emphasizing exploration over story like in Xenoblade Chronicles X. This explains why they numbered it even if the stories are unrelated.
Of course, he didn’t directly state it isn’t a direct sequel, either. Due to certain circumstances in the original game, everything stated so far about Xenoblade Chronicles 2 technically leaves the possibility open. Nevertheless, it looks like Xenoblade Chronicles 2 will be a new game not connected to either previous Xenoblade title.
What do you think? Is Xenoblade Chronicles 2 a direct sequel to Xenoblade Chronicles? Will it actually tie Xenoblade Chronicles and Xenoblade Chronicles X together? Or is it an entirely new game all on its own? Share your theory with us in the comments.