Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Elucidates Flame Clocks, Cyclical Strife, Consul, Moebius & More

Following the Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Direct, the game’s official Twitter account and Nintendo website began elaborating and reiterating several narrative elements previously introduced.

Regarding the former umbrella of subject matter, Flame Clocks are discussed in greater detail. Due to the brief 10-year lifespan everyone possesses, notable weapons called Feronis in Keves and Agnus play an integral role. If their Flame Clocks run out, respective citizenry die, being the cyclical cause of war between the nations. Swift war victories are ironically necessary to mitigate death. Additionally, those who spend their lives fighting have the chance to be ascended to heaven by their queen in a sort of Coming of Age ceremony.

When Off-Seers such as Noah and Mio play their tribute songs for fallen souls, their comrades’ corpses become a series of particles making their way to their respective Feronis. This act seemingly refuels the devices’ efficacy, though that’s merely speculation on my part. Each Keves and Agnus individual has a red mark on their body that morphs to black as they grow older. One’s remaining life can be assessed by viewing their mark.

Further, Keves and Agnus soldiers’ eyes can sense their own Flame Clocks, alongside tactical scanning and discreet communication with those they are allied with. Keves individuals’ right eyes utilize this collective toolkit, while for Agnus’, it’s their left eyes.

Also of note is the Consul who was showcased during the Direct. They typically reside in the queens’ castles, sometimes traveling to the colonies. Moreover, they are above the colonies’ chiefs with military command. The Consul always wear masks, though their eyes can be seen to glow crimson. And as if that wasn’t enough, they can transform into 5-meter/16-feet tall “deformed” giants called Moebius. They somehow manage to resemble the Ouroborus forms the primary party can take.

As a brief aside, the following screenshot confirms the return of the Affinity Chart and the Collectopaedia:

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Additionally, as pointed out by Twitter user @SuperSavajin, there are different lip syncs for the Japanese and English dubs, viewable below:

As another point, combat will be possible while in deep water which has not been possible prior. Thanks to Twitter user @MonolithNews for sharing this notable information. FV T2xVUAAEqM69

Countless official screenshots and images were shared, viewable via our gallery below:

We’ll keep updating you all on any significant Xenoblade Chronicles 3 news.

Xenoblade Chronicles 3 tells the story of protagonists Noah and Mio contending with a conflict between the nations of Keves and Agnus. 6 characters will be the crux of the experience, and the broad concept of “life” will be the title’s central theme.

The narrative for the game will tie in elements and plotlines from the future of the prior two mainline games, Xenoblade Chronicles and Xenoblade Chronicles 2. Flutes seem to play an integral role in the title’s premise.

The summoning of this powerful new form depends on a new Interlink system. If specific conditions are met, characters can combine into this mech, and choosing well when to transform should be key to the more difficult battles. Another system revealed is a class change option, allowing players to customize their parties’ builds further than in previous games.

Xenoblade Chronicles 3 is releasing for Nintendo Switch on July 29, 2022.


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