Neoseeker : News : Nintendo Direct event's surprise announcement is Monolith Soft's follow-up to Xenoblade Chronicles, "X"
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tekmosis Jan 23, 13
The trailer reminded me of a bit of Monster Hunter, with a dash of Lost Planet.
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bond007106 Jan 23, 13
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That's really what threw me off. I mean, it has to be Xenoblade, right? But Xenoblade has always had a really stylized look, where this new game is super realistic. Not to mention the gameplay is radically different.

Sure, Shin Megami Tensei x Fire Emblem is random. Might be bigger if it had some gameplay. Come on though, bond! MULTIPLAYER XENOBLADE IN HD WITH HEAVY INFLUENCE FROM MONSTER HUNTER!? Slap me in the face and call me Batman, this could be HUGE.
Xenoblade is already heavily influenced by Monster Hunter. Pretty much the only thing it had left to add was co-op multi-player.
And apart from the addition of being able to pilot some sort of mech, what about the gameplay is so radically different from Xenoblade? It seems pretty similar to me. Not the same, obviously, it's certainly been ramped up a bit (to go with the giant monsters I suppose), but it's recognizably similar.

Also, I object to you calling this new game's art style super-realistic. A world with that little colour is not realistic in the slightest; it's what's so unrealistic about the graphics in most first-person shooters. The colour balance in Xenoblade Chronicles was far closer to realistic than this new one is.
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bluexy Jan 23, 13
bond007106 That's really what threw me off. I mean, it has to be Xenoblade, right? But Xenoblade has always had a really stylized look, where this new game is super realistic. Not to mention the gameplay is radically different.

Sure, Shin Megami Tensei x Fire Emblem is random. Might be bigger if it had some gameplay. Come on though, bond! MULTIPLAYER XENOBLADE IN HD WITH HEAVY INFLUENCE FROM MONSTER HUNTER!? Slap me in the face and call me Batman, this could be HUGE.
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bond007106 Jan 23, 13
It's clearly a follow up to Xenoblade: the big red 'X'; the gameplay style; and those attack icons at the bottom of the screen are very similar.
I'm slightly concerned about the colour balance, though. Xenoblade Chronicles was so wonderfully bright and colourful, but this new one looks like everything is tinged with grey and brown, even the ostensibly green plains.

Also, how can this be your biggest surprise announcement when we already knew that Monolith were creating a game for the Wii U? Given Monolith's track record it was almost certain to be an RPG, and a follow-up to Xenoblade was at least conceivable. But Shin Megami Tensei x Fire Emblem, on the other hand... No one could have predicted that.
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