North America will be receiving an exclusive Special Edition of Xenoblade Chronicles X, which will launch on December 4th for the Wii U.
Along with a physical copy of the game, Xenoblade Chronicles X Special Edition will include a book of concept art (over 100 pages), a limited edition 5×7 card drawn by the game’s illustrator Takashi Kojo, and a USB designed to look like the game’s Lifehold Unit pre-loaded with 10 songs from the Xenoblade Chronicles X soundtrack. The special edition will be available for $89.99.
Xenoblade Chronicles X is a sequel to the Wii’s popular JRPG Xenoblade Chronicles, which is regarded by many fans of the genre as a modern classic. Gamespot UK reviewer Ashton Raze claimed Xenoblade Chronicles “drags the JRPG into the 21st century, [modernizing] many of the genre’s traits and nailing a pace that outclasses the majority of its peers.”
The game received such fanfare that Shulk, Xenoblade Chronicles’ protagonist, was featured as a playable character in Super Smash Bros. for WiiU/3DS.
Xenoblade Chronicles X is set to be a spiritual successor with its own plot rather than a direct sequel to Xenoblade Chronicles, with a plot that, as of right now, seems separate from the story of Xenoblade Chronicles. Xenoblade Chronicles X begins in the year 2054, as two alien races engage in battle near Earth, causing significant collateral damage to the planet. With governments sensing Earth’s obliteration, humanity is forced to evacuate in enormous interstellar ark ships. From there, the story follows the passengers of the American evacuee ship, the White Whale, as they crash land upon the planet Mira and attempt to establish their new home of “New Los Angeles,” all while still being hunted by one of the alien race.
It’s strange that North America would be receiving an exclusive Special Edition considering Xenoblade Chronicles X is a Japanese game, but considering the game’s western-influence in style and setting, we may see a heavy push of marketing for the game in the west.