A new Xenoblade game is upon us and though the number two is in the game's title it's not a direct sequel. We've got new worlds to explore and all new characters.
You are Rex, the Aegis (whatever that means), and your companion is Pyra, who is a Blade. Your task is to get Pyra to Elysium, the mythical paradise. Along the way you'll gather companions and collect more Blades, who you can use in combat.
Some things have changed, but a lot has stayed the same. The UI and how you select arts has completely changed, likely for the better as it appears to be refined. I wanted to say simplified, but I don't know if that's true. Positioning is still important, as are status effects and stagger/topple is still important.
In the game there will be multiple Titans to explore. Civilizations have sprung up on the backs of certain Titans, with different biomes to each Titan. Some Titans are smaller and act as airships. How many and how varied they all are is to be seen.
The game is slated to be released simultaneously in all regions Holiday 2017.
Note: There will only be English voices, no Japanese track.
Also, Nintendo of Europe is the lead for localization outside of Japan, just like with the original XC.