Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition to Receive Soundtrack Updates

A new trailer for Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition kickstarted this morning’s Nintendo Direct, and those with a keen ear may have picked up on two exciting details regarding the game’s soundtrack.

First, the trailer announced (at roughly the 3:05 mark) that certain tracks from the original game will be receiving a facelift.  Though the announcement did not specify which tracks would be receiving special treatment, the Nintendo Direct announcer did confirm that “some of the music has been rerecorded” for the upcoming Definitive Edition.

Second, the Definitive Edition looks set to feature new music previously unheard in the original Xenoblade Chronicles.  At roughly the 2:04 mark, the trailer showcases a brand new environment, alongside a richly orchestrated track evocative of the sound team’s later work in Xenoblade Chronicles 2.  It’s not yet certain how much additional music will be featured in the Definitive Edition, but given the consistent quality of previous Xenoblade Chronicles soundtracks, we’d welcome any additions with open arms.

Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition is slated to release on May 29 this year (though the Nintendo Direct disclaimed that certain release dates may be subject to change due to COVID-19).  In the meantime, eager Xenoblade music fans can check out the Nintendo Direct here or the Definitive Edition trailer itself here.

Xenoblade Chronicles first released ten years ago for the Nintendo Wii, eventually making it stateside courtesy of a fan initiative called Operation Rainfall.  The game has since become the namesake of a hit JRPG franchise, receiving two followups and universal praise for its innovative take on combat and exploration.

Posted on March 26, 2020 by Reilly Farrell. Last modified on March 26, 2020.

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Reilly Farrell is one part Bay Area electronic composer and one part capybara fanatic. He loves video game music and rodents of unusual size and wants the world to know how great they both are. Personal favorite soundtracks include The Legend of Zelda, The Legend of Legacy, The Legend of Dragoon, The Legend of Mana, and Katamari Damacy - which is also legendary. Drop a line anytime!

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