While our American cousins are up in arms (well, if the hype surrounding the mini-protest at a lack of key Wii titles over the other side of the Atlantic is to be believed) us lucky Europeans can happily look forward to Xenoblade Chronicles landing on our shores on 2nd September.
It strikes me that this is something a turnabout, us EU denizens being for so long the after thought of the gaming industry, while the US and Japan gets the best releases often months in advance of us — just look at the long drawn out release of the Demon’s Souls on PS3 which saw the game release almost a year after its Japanese debut as a case in point.
Perhaps the release of a game for a system in its death-throws isn’t too much of a cause for celebration — it’s not like we’re getting the likes of an Uncharted 3 a coupel of months in advance — but it suggests that for one we’re considered perhaps a little more avant garde when it comes to our taste in games and second, that Nintendo of Europe can call shots which standalone from the US party line. No bad thing with the Wii U just around the corner.
Why be excited about Xenoblade in the first place? Here’s the official line coming out of Nintendo:
“Xenoblade Chronicles takes you to the stunning lands of Bionis and Mechonis. The landscapes are vast, offering over 100 hours of immersive gameplay. Whatever you see in the distance can be reached giving you real freedom to explore and plot your way around quests. Combat is in real time and you are free to roam the seamless universe without having to endure random encounters making Xenoblade Chronicles a real departure from traditional RPGs.
“Xenoblade Chronicles brings to life a universe where two titans – Bionis and Mechonis collide in a war that knows no end. As the aeons pass, the lifeless bodies of the titans remain and life soon evolves on each world. The two main races, the Mechon (a race of robots) and the Homs (humans) are locked in battle for control of the world. You join the battle for Bionis to repel the invasion of the terrifying mechanical army and uncover the secrets of a mystical sword called the Monado.
“When you purchase the pre-order bundle, you will receive three exclusive concept art posters depicting the vast landscapes and characters of Xenoblade Chronicles all electronically signed by Tetsuya Takahashi himself. Xenoblade Chronicles is also available to buy or pre-order as software only.”