The Nintendo Switch has a massively anticipated JRPG on the way in the form of Xenoblade Chronicles 2. After the critically acclaimed Xenoblade Chronicles X stole away many lives' worth of free time on the Wii U, fans were elated to see a teaser trailer for XB Chronicles 2 during the Switch reveal stream. We assumed, however, that the game would most likely get pushed back to 2018 and beyond. That is, until Nintendo affirmed in its recent financial briefing that the game is still slated for this year.
In a slide from the presentation, Nintendo presents all of its major first-party games that have either launched already, or are due to be launched in 2017. Wouldn't you know it: Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is on that list along with other "sure things" like ARMS and Splatoon 2. It's one thing for Nintendo to tease that a game will probably come this year when speaking to fans, but making that confirmation to investors is an entirely different level of commitment.
That being said, it wouldn't be totally unheard of (or the end of the world) if XB Chronicles 2 got pushed back to next year, but we'd be mighty disappointed. Monolith Soft is renowned for its ability to create huge, believable, beautiful and expansive worlds that seem almost too good to be true. XB Chronicles X did things on the Wii U that we didn't think were possible on the hardware, and that team was called in by Nintendo to help create the open world environment for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. We all know how that turned out.
If you're an RPG fan and a Nintendo Switch owner, then this is the game to watch out for. Now that we know Nintendo is committed to getting it out by the end of the year, I'm thinking that we can expect some gameplay footage and tons of information to drop at this year's E3. Be on the lookout for that!