Xenoblade Chronicles 2 gameplay details, expansion pass, day-one updates, more announced

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The second big announcement was the inclusion of an expansion pass. Nintendo hasn't revealed the price for the Xenoblade Chronicles 2 expansion pass quite yet, but in the past, they've always been $19.99.

Bandai Namco has announced plans to release three brand new exclusive games for the console in 2018. Is Xenoblade Chronicles 2 one of the games you're most looking forward to for the Switch?

The latest Nintendo Direct has put the spotlight on the last big Switch game of the year, which is getting a season pass and dual audio DLC.

The Direct discussed details of Blades, which are artificial lifeforms that bond with Drivers like Xenoblade Chronicles 2's main character, Rex. Rex, the main character, is a Driver while his companion Pyra is a Blade. Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is available to pre-order today, and it'll be launching on December 1.

In and out of battle, Blades will have a wide array of support abilities. Other allies are designated as Support for each Driver, which come as either Tank, Attacker, or Healer, and help determine the Driver's class.

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Abilities will differ from Blade to Blade, so selecting different Blades during battles will add a strategy element to gameplay.

Players will also run into shining spots called Collection Points which provide an opportunity to pick up valuable items or dive under the clouds to salvage hard-to-find treasures. This DLC will even include an additional adventure with a new side story set in the world of Elysium.

And the good news for Nintendo Switch owners doesn't stop there. The collector's edition and special Nintendo pro controller will also release on launch day.

Players can preorder all the DLC now by buying a $30 expansion pass.

It's not now known what the quest will entail, how it will be unlocked, or even if it will require an update to the game, but we'll be sure to keep you posted when we know more.

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