Nintendo launched a surprise Direct on March 26, 2020, with a lot of information on the Nintendo Switch's upcoming titles. Leading the pack was a brand-new trailer for Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition, which showed off the game's updated graphics while also featuring some new information about the game and its release.

The first major announcement in the new trailer is the game’s release date: May 29, 2020. The trailer also goes into more detail about the changes to the Definitive Edition from the original.

The game is a full remaster of the original Xenoblade Chronicles. While the gameplay and main story remain the same as in the previous version, the remaster refreshes the game with new character models, a re-recorded soundtrack, and completely updated battle and menu interfaces, which also streamline some of the game's controls.

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The updated battle menu.

Those are not the only changes in the new version. The Definitive Edition also features Xenoblade Chronicles: Future Connected, an epilogue for the game set after the main story. It seems to feature the protagonist Shulk exploring the Bionis’ Shoulder with Melia, another of the game's party members. The Bionis' Shoulder is an area not accessible in the previous versions of the game, so the epilogue offers both new a story and a new area to explore. No other details about the epilogue have been given at this time.

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A scene from the Future Connected epilogue.

With the news of the game’s release date comes the news of a collector's edition. Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition is also available in a Definitive Works Set, which bundles the game with a 250-page artbook. This version also releases on May 29.

Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition is also available for prepurchase on the Nintendo eShop starting today.