Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Expansion Pass

The details of the Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Expansion Pass have been revealed, things like its price and contents. Granted, Nintendo is still playing it close to the vest, so they haven’t released too many details about what they have planned, just the general outlines. Still, knowing that is important if you want to make at least a somewhat-informed purchase. So, here’s what we know about the expansion pass so far.

xenoblade chronicles 3 expansion pass
Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Expansion Pass

Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Expansion Pass Contents & Price

The price of the Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Expansion Pass is $29.99 in the Nintendo eShop, and the contents will come out in four “DLC waves.” The first wave is actually going to come out on the same date as the game itself, on July 29th. It is going to give you “a collection of helpful items” and “color variations for existing outfits,” according to the store listing. So, that’s basically like your average pre-order bundle, even though, in this case, you won’t get these bonuses for pre-ordering the game.

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The second wave of DLC will launch by December 31st, 2022. It will include a “Challenge Battle mode against difficult enemies,” a new hero character plus quests to go along with it, and new character outfits. Wave 3, which should come out by April 30th 2023, is a bit confusing. The listing simply repeats the bullet points from the Wave 2 content of the Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Expansion Pass. So, I guess it will bring more Challenge Battle fights, yet another character, and yet more outfits.

Last, but not least, we have DLC Wave 4. The only bullet point there says: “New original story scenario.” It’s anybody’s guess as to how substantial that scenario is going to be. It could just be an extra quest line with a handful of missions, or it could be something way bigger than that. Either way, this last bit of content should release by December 31st, 2023. So, that’s about a year of planned extra content. Whether or not it’s worth an extra thirty bucks, well, that’s up to you to decide. Keep in mind that it’s half the price of the base game; that’s kinda steep.

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