Xenoblade Chronicles X helped Monolith Soft to lay HD development groundwork

Cast your gaze upon Xenoblade Chronicles X and you’d be forgiven for believing that it wasn’t Monolith Soft’s first foray into the realms of HD development. But, it is.

The Wii U exclusive has helped to “lay the groundwork for HD game development” according to executive producer Tetsuya Takahashi, the developer not allowing over ambition to dissuade the importance of building key skills.

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miyamoto1502d ago (Edited 1502d ago )

Its 2014 Nintendo and you are just starting to "lay the groundwork for HD game development” .

Take your time, hurry up
The choice is yours,
Don't be late.
Take a rest as a friend,
As an old memory, ah
Memory, ah [3x]

Currently playing the original Xenogears on my PSP. One of the best RPGs ever made of all time. And its really very 90s storytelling which is very good. Feels like Escaflowne.

BullyMangler1502d ago

whats so creative and inventive about HD, that makes you feel that nintendo should have been on it years ago ?

Baka-akaB1502d ago (Edited 1502d ago )

Not that i necessarily agree with him , but some games will always be helped by better visual . Anything from the xeno gear/blade/saga universes always benefits from epic visual and outstanding art and sound direction .

I dunno why people have to insist at pretending more power should always bring gameplay enhancement and more features . It can suffice on its own as a way to create and feature art .

If anything , the WIi emulator "proves" (dont worry i always purchased my few wii games , i just used the opportunity of a stolen wii to delve into this) that any of the best wii games , would simply have been better looking in HD .

In reverse let's ask you guys , what has refusing the HD trend brought to the previous nintendo console in exchange ? Motion gaming ? Even if done mostly to react to nintendo's initiative , everyone did it , while still having HD

miyamoto1500d ago (Edited 1500d ago )

"whats so creative and inventive about HD, that makes you feel that nintendo should have been on it years ago ?"

What a dumb question!
Are you acting like a dumb and dumber?
Did you really read your reply?
Why ask a dumb question like that?

Do you really think in the slightest that resolution, ppi, number of pixels had something to do with creativity and innovation?

oh, and those 16 who agreed with you...

This is why you Nintendo fans look so very very bad in the eye of the public.

Do yourselves a favor and think about the dumbness you guys post. you guys make Nintendo look so very bad.

Concertoine1502d ago

I bought Xenogears recently too.

I cant wait to see Monolith's true potential realized on a system they can really push great visuals.

wonderfulmonkeyman1502d ago

Wii U is that system, thankfully. They'll only get better at it with time, so we won't have to wait until Nintendo's next home console.

I do have one very interesting question, though...
Anyone think we'll be given the option of a first person mode while inside the mechs?
Because I think that would be awesome...

Concertoine1502d ago

If they're smart they'll include some kind of first person button. Like in Pikmin 3. The environments are gorgeous and we could see some great miiverse posts of the scenery.

A playable first person view is unlikely though.

Baka-akaB1502d ago

Yeah i'm glad to finally truly see it too . I've always been a huge fan of their works on all involved platforsms

Paprika1502d ago

Ironic really, xenogears... although epic, was in the shadow of final fantasy! Now, after all xiii's "HD" visuals... monolith are literally bringing us a game which will likely destroy the next final fantasy!

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3-4-51502d ago

Seeing Nintendo games on the Wii U in HD has been awesome so far.

Seeing MK8 & Smash Brothers along with Xenoblade has me REALLY excited for like 5-6 years down the road and the next Nintendo console.

Godmars2901502d ago

If MS and Sony had held back the PS3 and 360 a year or two many console loyalist wouldn't have wound up praising them for holding back content and cutting back features just so that games looked better.

Baka-akaB1502d ago

Yeah there is a whole lot of that going around . Whatever the decision , bad or good , a fringe of gamer will always defend it somehow , or burst in rage at any critics

Concertoine1502d ago (Edited 1502d ago )

I remember back when not EVERY game had to have this huge budget with motion capture and cutting edge visuals and had to result to imitating what sells to keep the company alive. Hell i remember when not every game had to be full price. Maybe the large user base of the PS4 will spur more experimentation... hopefully. The industry is bloated beyond belief and everything is morphing into one. Stealth games, tactical shooters, horror, just a few of the genres that have devolved into imitation and action over the course of the 7th gen.

pcz1502d ago

xenoblade on wii was HD in all but resolution. it had the scope of a HD game, it had the detail, it had everything a 'next gen' game has... only not the high resolution.

and it didnt suffer either. i own a wii and ps3 and xenoblade impressed me far greater than almost everything i have on ps3.

the game is inspirational- here is my remix of the mechonis field music from xenoblade

please comment and share! :)

DeusEx-Machina1501d ago

I dare to say that Xenoblade has something that most alleged 'next gen' games don't have to this date.

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shaw981502d ago

If anyone knows how to take advantage of there own hardware it is Nintendo. It is really interesting they can already do so much with HD and yet they are so new to it. 6 years late to the HD race but I don't find it to much of an importance. Games are about gameplay.

Dunban671502d ago

I wonder if Xenoblade was ever really considered for 2014? To go from a 1 year release window (2014) to another 1 year release window (2015) just seems a bit too vague

I really think some of the delayed games on the Wii U were nothing more than smoke and mirrors to make it appear more games were coming sooner for the Wii u than they actually had

Going back to the 1st big game drought in early 2013 there was a sense pr belief (Nintnedo even said themselves) the games are coming in 6 -9 months- here we are nearly 2 years in and that same belief that the games are coming in 6 to 9 months (AKA 2015) . I wonder when/if they will ever actually be here- MK8 is great but that is the only Wii u retail games I have bought since last Christmas (other than the Lego Movie game)

OtakuDJK1NG-Rory1502d ago

Monolith Soft was hiring for Online and Network component at the beginning of this year.

MSBAUSTX1502d ago (Edited 1502d ago )

Since March 2013:

Super Mario 3D World
DK Tropical Freeze
Pikmin 3
Rayman Legends
Assassin's Creed 4 Black Flag
Mario Kart 8
Need for Speed Most Wanted Wii U
Sonic Lost World
Wonderful 101
Injustice Gods Among Us
Wii Sports Club
Pushmo World
The Lego Movie Videogame
Lego City Undercover
Mario and Sonic Olympics at Sochi
Call Of Duty Ghosts
New Super Mario Brothers U
Super Luigi Brothers U
Pac Man and the Ghostly Adventures
Batman Arkham Origins
Deus Ex Human Revolution Directors Cut (amazing BTW!)
Wii Party U
Game and Wario
Lego Marvel Super Heroes
Disney Infinity
Skylanders Swap Force
Scribblenauts Unmasked a DC Comics Adventure
Splinter Cell Blacklist
Sniper Elit V2
Resident Evil Revelations
Lego Batman 2
The Walking Dead Survival Instinct
Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate

That is 33 games in 18 months. This does not include tons of Indies like Trine, Shovel Knight and other amazing games like it. This does not include the seemingly countless virtual console games from NES, Super NES, and Game Boy Advanced you can download and play on or off TV.

So would you care to rethink your post that Nintendo is putting games off for another 6 to 9 months? Because I count almost 2 games being released each month in that list and it isnt even all of the games. Only the ones that were the biggest. Not only that but 12 or 13 of those were published by Nintendo. That is a crap ton more in house games than any other console make could dream of producing in a year and a half.

Dunban671500d ago

Since holidays 2013 there have been DKTF and MK8 plus the Lego movie game for retail

The eshop virtual console gMea have come out like about as slow as anyone could have imagined and there are no GameCube or Wii games

Many of the games you listed are post launch 3rd party that I liked and bought many of - unfortunately not many did buy them and now we are getting close to zero third party so it has been a dry run most of the time

BigDuo1502d ago (Edited 1501d ago )

Just for a comparison, according to Iwata Asks, Monolith Soft began very early development on Xenoblade Chronicles 1 back in July 2006 with the two clay models of Bionis and Mechonis created. Monolith Soft was already developing Disaster: Day of Crisis, so it was naturally further in development and had most of the team working on it too. By April 2007, Monolith Soft made the tech demo for the game and began to determine the project's overall direction and writing.The scale of the game and its content grew bigger than initially planned, but the development team. The game was first revealed publicly at E3 2009, and released a year later in Japan first.

From what we know of Xenoblade X, Monolith Soft first mentioned the game back in July 2011. At the time, the game already had a design document completed or it, Monolith already was researching HD development and was looking to hire more staff to work on the project. According to a recent statement from Xenoblade X's producer, the scale of project's maps is going to be considerably larger than Xenoblade 1's.

Monolith Soft co-developed Project X Zone with Banpresto for 3DS which released in Japan first on October 2012 and around 8 months later overseas.

MSBAUSTX1500d ago

If you have not played and or owned all of the games or at least half on that list, I wouldnt be complaining about not having more games released. That is the problem with most gamers. They complain about a lack of games but have not even tapped the existing library available for the systems right now. Like I said already about 13 of those 33 titles are Nintendo published games. So that IS a lot of games released in that 6 to 9 month period. This year alone there will be between 6 and 8 Nintendo published titles for the Wii U.

So if 6 to 8 games per year are really good first party games that means that Nintendo IS doing their part to bring the games to you. They dont own every production studio in the world! Ubisoft screwed themselves and Wii U owners. The final point is that there IS a long list of games to play from virtually every genre. If you havent played them all yet then why bitch about games that havent been releasd yet? You have plenty to keep you busy on that list until the titles you are waiting for cone out!

Dunban671499d ago

Question for you: I downloaded Wii U party when I purchased MK8 because I already owned the other games - Personally I don t like Wii U party but my kids love it and it is technically their console and the reason I own the Wii u -
I did not think much reading and playing the demo of Game and Wario (played it at the Nintendo store in NYC) either but now I'm thinking my kids my like it since they like Wii Party U.

Are you familiar w Game and Wario? Do you think my kids would enjoy it if they liked Wii party U? Thank you

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TheOtherVitaOwner1502d ago

I absolutely love Monolith Soft! Nice to see that they're handling the transition to HD well. I am super psyched for the new Xenoblade game!