Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Version 1.2.0 Update Changes Critical Item In Late-Game Cutscene

It’s been a few days since Version 1.2.0 of Xenoblade Chronicles 3 was released. The new update brought back the awaited Challenge Battle Modes from Xenoblade Chronicles 2 and even added a brand-new Hero with its own original story. Though, what most people didn’t notice is that the update changed a critical cutscene that takes place shortly after Chapter 5’s narrative point.

Before you proceed any further, the cutscene I’m about to reveal is a massive spoiler if you haven’t experienced Xenoblade Chronicles 3 until you’ve passed Chapter 5. You have been warned.

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User @ui_frara on Twitter first spotted this change after rewatching the cutscene, saying that the sword that appears in the cutscene between N and Z has changed from one that was similar to Noah’s Lucky Seven to a very different-looking sword, which was more reminiscent and fit better with N’s Moebius form, as the sheathe contains the infinity symbol the antagonists are known for.

Then, their tweet was spotted by user @TheJeminiteLaw, who confirmed their thoughts and even provided screenshots from the two different versions in their thread. I’ve compiled them side-by-side below, and you can see how the sword is different between both instances:

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Perhaps the most intriguing part of all this, however, is that this change was not mentioned at all in the patch notes, so if you’ve already cleared the main story or have already gotten past this cutscene, in particular, chances are you wouldn’t have even noticed this change. It’s a minor alteration but one that is mystifying, to say the least.

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 ties 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 this 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 now available for Nintendo Switch.

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