The big headline for Nintendo Direct, the company's bimonthly online conference, may have been the reveal of a high-definition remake of "The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker." But Nintendo also boisterously revealed a new RPG developed by Monolith Soft, creators of "Xenogears," "Xenosaga" and the recent Wii release "Xenoblade Chronicles."
The game appears to have game play and a setting similar to "Xenoblade." While no title or other information has been given, a large red 'X' is shown at the end of the trailer, making it likely the game will at least have "Xeno" in the title if it is not a sequel to "Xenoblade." Tetsuya Takahashi will direct the game; he has directed all previous "Xeno" series titles.
"Xenoblade Chronicles" was originally not scheduled for a North American release. Nintendo had to have its arm twisted by Japanese RPG fans in a petition known as Operation Rainfall. With a lack of big-name titles to show off, let alone sell, at the moment for its new console, Nintendo seems more than proud than to display a potential sequel to Monolith's sleeper hit. A North American release seems likely without a mass of letters, e-mails, phone calls and Facebook comments.
Operation Rainfall's activities also led to Xseed Games releasing Mistwalker's "The Last Story" in America in August last year, and Ganbarion's "Pandora's Tower" later this year.