Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Introduces Gem Crafting From the First Game

The official Japanese Xenoblade series promotional account has shared new specific gameplay information regarding the upcoming Xenoblade Chronicles 3.

Players can look forward to the return of Gem Crafting, a mechanic from the first entry in the series. By utilizing this mechanic with the Nopon mechanic Riku, characters can equip Gems that offer a variety of buffs, ranging from increasing battle stats to enhancing healing efficacy. Gems were tied to equipment in the first game. However, in Xenoblade Chronicles 3, it seems like they might be equipped onto characters or classes. Further details regarding how this mechanic functions in this entry have not been provided yet.

Regardless, here’s hoping the Gem crafting process is smoothed over from the first title. Personally, I never entirely understood it due to the immense variety of results that could occur since they were dependent on character skills, combinations, and the materials you found. As a result, I usually just went with the flow with what I had and hoped I created useful Gems. Still, I could very well be in the vast minority there, though.

Admittedly, I am kind of yearning for the overlapping voice lines to return here since that is unironically one of Gem Crafting’s iconic traits from the first game.

It does look like Monolithsoft is implementing vital mechanics from the first two mainline games, making this feel like a Xenoblade series-wide celebration at its core. Here’s hoping everything coalesces qualitatively.

You can view the tweet initially sharing this Xenoblade Chronicles 3 gameplay information below:

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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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