On November 14th, the official website of Xenoblade Chronicles 2 was updated in Japan, adding a new section: Production Notes. It’s a blog-like section, where members of the development team will come discuss various aspects of the game.
- Production Notes #1: Drivers and Blades
- Production Notes #2: Script
- Production Notes #3: Character Design (Part 1)
- Production Notes #4: Music
- Production Notes #5: Introduction to Xenoblade Chronicles 2
- Production Notes #6 (Ver. 1.1.1 update)
- Production Notes #7 (Pyra figure)
- Production Notes #8 (Issue with “disappearing Blades” in Ver. 1.2.0)
- Production Notes #9 (Ver. 1.3.0 and New Game+)
- Production Notes #10: Original Soundtrack
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 – Production Notes #11: Issues with Ver. 1.3.0, to be fixed in Ver. 1.3.1
The latest Production Notes blog post is once again from Tetsuya Takahashi, who came to talk about a few issues that found their way into the game with the Ver. 1.3.0 update released earlier this month. Unsurprisingly, all issues involve New Game+, which was the main new feature of the update after all.
The first issue involves Common Blades, and more precisely those that originally resonated with any other party member than Rex. If you have any such Common Blade engaged to Rex when you start New Game+, they will disappear.
Fortunately, there’s a “simple” workaround, but it involves using a clear save data file. Basically, all you have to do is disengage any such Common Blade from Rex before starting the game. That way, they will not disappear.
Don’t worry about your Rare Blades: this particular glitch only impacts Common Blades, not Rare ones. In other words, even if you have a Rare Blade that originally resonated with another Driver engaged to Rex, it will not disappear. And again, keep in mind that not all Common Blades are impacted either: if Rex was the one who resonated with them in the first place, the Common Blades will not disappear.
The second issue impacts the Affinity Rewards, again only in New Game+ (they are not impacted in “regular” New Game). In some cases, you may not receive them, even if you’ve met the right conditions. If that happens, simply save, exit the game, and restart: you will then get your rewards automatically.
The third glitch is the only one without a workaround, but it’s also the one that should impact the least amount of players. It happens after releasing a Rare Blade: if you manage to resonate with it again, with any Driver, then affinity will no longer go beyond Rank S (in New Game+) for that particular Blade.
All three issues will be fixed in the Ver. 1.3.1 update for Xenoblade Chronicles 2, that will also provide fixes for other bugs. It will be released in late March. More details and the official patch notes will be added to the Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Updates page as soon as we have them!