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
Artist(s)
  • Masatsugu Saito
Writer(s)
Composer(s)
Series Xeno
Platform(s) Nintendo Switch
Release Expansion Pack
September 14, 2018
Retail
September 21, 2018
Genre(s) Action role-playing
Mode(s) Single-player

Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna – The Golden Country[a] is an action role-playing game developed by Monolith Soft and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo Switch video game console. As part of the Xeno series, the game serves as a prequel to Xenoblade Chronicles 2. It was released on September 14, 2018 as a digital expansion pack to the base game and on September 21 as a physical release at retail.

Gameplay[edit]

Similar to past entries in the Xenoblade series, Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna – The Golden Country is an action role-playing game (ARPG) where the player controls a main character from an over-the-shoulder perspective, out of an overall party of three. It features a brand-new combat system, while taking inspiration from the combat system in Xenoblade Chronicles 2.[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 will cover the pasts of several main characters from the base game, such as Jin, Mythra, Malos, and Praetor Amalthus, as well as introducing 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 story 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 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]

Reception[edit]

Upon its announcement, Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna – The Golden Country was positively received, with some critics expressing enthusiasm for the story expansion.[8][9] This enthusiasm has been reflected in the reviews of the expansion after its release too, citing endearing, relatable characters, interesting story and an improved battle system.[10] [11]

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. ^ Ollie, Barder (June 14, 2018). "The Prequel Expansion For 'Xenoblade Chronicles 2' Looks Fascinating". Forbes. Retrieved July 31, 2018. 
  9. ^ 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. 
  10. ^ https://rpgamer.com/review/xenoblade-chronicles-2-torna-the-golden-country-review
  11. ^ https://wccftech.com/review/xc2-torna-the-golden-country

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