Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna – The Golden Country

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Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna – The Golden Country
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Cover art
Developer(s)Monolith Soft
Publisher(s)Nintendo
Director(s)
  • Koh Kojima
  • Genki Yakota
Producer(s)
  • Koh Kojima
  • Hitoshi Yamagami
Programmer(s)
  • Toshiaki Yajima
Artist(s)
Writer(s)
Composer(s)
SeriesXeno (main)
Xenoblade Chronicles (sub-series)
Platform(s)Nintendo Switch
ReleaseSeptember 14, 2018
Genre(s)Action role-playing
Mode(s)Single-player

Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna – The Golden Country[a] is an expansion pack released for the 2017 action role-playing video game Xenoblade Chronicles 2. It was released for the Nintendo Switch in September 2018 by the game's developer, Monolith Soft.

Gameplay[edit]

Torna – The Golden Country expands on Xenoblade Chronicles 2 by introducing a new combat system.[1]

Story[edit]

Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna – The Golden Country features a brand-new story and environments, taking place 500 years before the events of Xenoblade Chronicles 2.[2][3] It explores the pasts of several main characters from the base game, such as Jin, Mythra, Malos, and Praetor Amalthus, and introduces characters such as Lora and Addam as playable party members.[4][5] While Rex and Pyra were the main characters of the base game, this game follows another set of main characters, Lora and Jin.[6]

Development[edit]

In 2015, Torna – The Golden Country was one of the potential story candidates in the initial prototype for Xenoblade Chronicles 2. According to series creator Tetsuya Takahashi, Monolith Soft quickly decided against showing the prototype to Nintendo because they knew it would significantly inflate the budget and development time of the main game. As a result, they shelved the concept and stored it on Takahashi's computer hard drive. Later on, they went back and revived the scenario as a story expansion pass.[7] Additionally, the story was originally planned to be in between chapters seven and eight of the base game's story, but they opted to keep them separate so that they could expand the scope of the story. The game boasts a new rendering engine which is slightly graphically enhanced compared to the base game. Takahashi specifically pointed out the difference between the fields of Gormott between both games.[8] It was released digitally as a part of the game's expansion pass on September 14, 2018, and physically at retail on September 21.[9]

Music[edit]

Yasunori Mitsuda and the other music composers returned to write music, a total of eleven new tracks, for the DLC.[10] According to Takahashi, the arrangers deliberately used acoustic instruments to match the more somber and mature tones of the story.[11] Jen Bird also returned to perform the ending theme, titled "A Moment of Eternity".[12] A digital soundtrack is planned to be released on December 14, 2018.[13]

Reception[edit]

Upon its announcement, Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna – The Golden Country was positively received, with some critics expressing enthusiasm for the story expansion.[14][15] Others cited endearing, relatable characters, interesting story, and an improved battle system.[16] [17]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Known in Japan as Xenoblade 2: Ōgon no Kuni Īra (ゼノブレイド2 黄金の国イーラ, Zenobureido Tsū Ōgon no Kuni Īra, "Xenoblade 2: Ira – The Golden Country")

References[edit]

  1. ^ Takahashi, Tetsuya (June 21, 2018). "Torna - The Golden Country Expansion Pass Content Detailed by Executive Director Takahashi". Nintendo. Archived from the original on July 26, 2018. Retrieved July 31, 2018.
  2. ^ Goldfarb, Andrew (June 13, 2018). "E3 2018: Xenoblade Chronicles 2 DLC Torna: The Golden Country Revealed". IGN. Archived from the original on July 27, 2018. Retrieved August 1, 2018.
  3. ^ Knezevic, Kevin (December 15, 2017). "Nintendo Switch's First Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Update Arrives Next Week, Here's What It Does". GameSpot. Archived from the original on August 2, 2018. Retrieved August 1, 2018.
  4. ^ Wales, Matt (June 12, 2018). "Xenoblade Chronicles 2's new story DLC is called Torna - The Golden Country". Eurogamer. Archived from the original on June 13, 2018. Retrieved August 1, 2018.
  5. ^ Hilliard, Kyle (June 12, 2018). "Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna - The Golden Country Releases In September". Game Informer. Archived from the original on August 2, 2018. Retrieved August 1, 2018.
  6. ^ Takahashi, Tetsuya (June 21, 2018). "Torna - The Golden Country Expansion Pass Content Detailed by Executive Director Takahashi". Nintendo. Archived from the original on July 26, 2018. Retrieved July 31, 2018.
  7. ^ Takahashi, Tetsuya (June 21, 2018). "Torna - The Golden Country Expansion Pass Content Detailed by Executive Director Takahashi". Nintendo. Archived from the original on July 26, 2018. Retrieved July 31, 2018.
  8. ^ Takahashi, Tetsuya (September 21, 2018). "Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna - The Golden Country is available now!". Nintendo. Archived from the original on September 28, 2018. Retrieved September 28, 2018.
  9. ^ Wong, Alistair. "Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna – The Golden Country Swaps Between Introducing The Systems And Music". Siliconera. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  10. ^ "Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna - The Golden Country is available now!". Nintendo. Retrieved 4 December 2018.
  11. ^ "Torna - The Golden Country Expansion Pass Content Detailed by Executive Director Takahashi". Nintendo. Retrieved 4 December 2018.
  12. ^ Fruzzetti, Ben. "Xenoblade Chronicles 2 director offers production notes on Torna ~ The Golden Country". Nintendo Wire. Retrieved 4 December 2018.
  13. ^ Wong, Alistair. "Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Adds In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Version Of Mythra's Outfit". Siliconera. Retrieved 4 December 2018.
  14. ^ Ollie, Barder (June 14, 2018). "The Prequel Expansion For 'Xenoblade Chronicles 2' Looks Fascinating". Forbes. Retrieved July 31, 2018.
  15. ^ Devore, Jordan (June 12, 2018). "Oh yeah, Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is getting DLC in September". Destructoid. Archived from the original on July 31, 2018. Retrieved July 31, 2018.
  16. ^ https://rpgamer.com/review/xenoblade-chronicles-2-torna-the-golden-country-review
  17. ^ https://wccftech.com/review/xc2-torna-the-golden-country

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