Xenoblade Chronicles 3 release date moves forward to July

The concept of time can be a flexible thing in JRPGs.

Xenoblade Chronicles 3

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Release dates for video games change all the time. Especially in the past few years, it has become even more common for developers and publishers to delay a game. Moving a game’s release date forward is a rare occurrence. Typically, companies want every available moment to polish and improve a game before it ships. That is why Nintendo’s recent announcement on Twitter for Xenoblade Chronicles 3 comes as such a surprise.

In a tweet with a new trailer for the game, the company announced that Xenoblade Chronicles 3’s release date has been moved forward. Not by a small amount, either; the game will now ship on July 29, a whole two months earlier than expected. In the same video, Nintendo confirmed that a special edition of the game would be available via the My Nintendo store. It will include a steel book and an art book to celebrate the release of this highly anticipated title.

The new trailer showed off some new plot details and character interactions, as well as a few new examples of combat in Xenoblade Chronicles 3. Absent from the announcement was word on when pre-orders for the title would be coming out, but that will likely come in the new few weeks.

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