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.
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 – Production Notes #1: Drivers and Blades
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 – Production Notes #2: Script
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 – Character Design (Part 1)
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 – Production Notes #4: Music
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 – Production Notes #5: Introduction to Xenoblade Chronicles 2
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 – Production Notes #6 (Ver. 1.1.1 update)
The latest Production Notes blog post for Xenoblade Chronicles is from Tetsuya Takahashi (General Director), who’s here to talk about the next update for the game: Ver. 1.1.1. It will be released on December 22nd (December 21st if you’re from North America).
First, the update will bring various bug fixes, for the following issues:
- if you watch the “Something in Common” (Chapter One: Encounters) cutscene in the Event Theatre, then return to the game, a glitch will make the camera sway and it will stay like that until you restart the game. If you happen to save, then you will be stuck in swaying camera hell. Therefore, if you happen to watch the cutscene, make sure not to save, and restart the game instead (even if that means losing progress);
- if you get the quest item Healing Herb for the “One Step Ahead” quest in the Gormott Province at precisely 12:00, then it will not be added to the Quest Log;
- if you get the quest item Snow-White Rhino for the “A Young Man’s Prize” quest in the Gormott Province at 7:00, then it will not be added to the Quest Log;
- various other bugs.
But the update will not be exclusively about bug fixes .The developers have also implemented various enhancements:
- Easy Mode will be added to the Tiger! Tiger! mini-game
- pressing the X button will immediately bring you to the map of the area you’re currently in, on the Skip Travel screen;
- improvements will be made to the mini-map: you will be able to use an additional 1:1 zoom, by pressing the L Stick;
- various performance improvements.
Speaking of the mini-map, an update to be released next year alongside the set of additional quests (in January) will bring further improvements to it.
But that’s not all: the developers will also add additional elements for second playthroughs next year, such as:
- being able to have “those” Blades join your party
- dispatch special Blades like Pyra or Dromarch as a Merc Group
- being able to unlock the LV 4 Special of a certain Blade
Those elements will be available to all players, not just those who purchased the Expansion Pass.
Back to Ver. 1.1.1: players who purchased the Expansion Pass will receive a second set of bonus items:
- Driver’s Essentials Set: Rare Core Crystal (x10), Legendary Core Crystal (x1), Overdrive Protocol (x3)
- Upgrade Parts for Poppi: Ether (x30 000)
- Pyra’s Favourite Things: Jenerossi Tea (x5)
- Nia’s Favourite Things: Ardainian Bear Carving (x5)
More details and official patch notes for Ver. 1.1.1 will be added to the Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Updates page as soon as they’re available.
Finally, Tetsuya Takahashi explains that they will keep adding improvements to the game, so that players can keep enjoying it for a long time. Since they’re working on those alongside the Expansion Pass, they may not always be able to address every need or issue right away.