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Xenoblade Chronicles 3's Release Date Has Been Pushed Up by Almost Two Months

The Nintendo Switch RPG is now arriving in July instead of September.

Kevin Knezevic Former staff writer
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The next installment in Nintendo's RPG series is coming in July.


Xenoblade Chronicles 3 is launching earlier than initially announced. The  Nintendo Switch  RPG is now arriving July 29--almost two months ahead of its original September launch window.

The news came alongside a new trailer, which showcases the first footage of the game's battle system. As in previous Xenoblade titles, players can run around the battlefield in real time and attack by selecting from a palette of different "Arts." This time, characters will also be able to fuse together into powerful mech-like monsters called Ouroboros during battle.

In addition to the new trailer, Nintendo revealed a special edition version of Xenoblade Chronicles 3, which will be sold exclusively through the company's online store. This edition will include a copy of the game, a steelbook case, and an art book. No pricing details have been announced yet.

Xenoblade Chronicles 3 is one of several marquee games Nintendo has lined up for Switch this year. Later this week, the company will release a Wii Sports successor for the console. The colorful online shooter Splatoon 3 will follow Sep. 9, while Pokemon Scarlet and Violet are coming this holiday season.

One game that won't arrive this year, however, is the sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild . Last month, Nintendo announced it is delaying the game to 2023