Xenoblade Chronicles 3 pushed forward two months

The game was originally set to launch in September 2022, and will now release much earlier than expected.
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Xenoblade Chronicles 3 has been moved from its original release date, and will now launch on 29 July 2022, according to an update posted by Nintendo. The game was originally set to release in September, but will now launch a whole two months early.

With the Nintendo schedule officially shuffled, it appears Xenoblade Chronicles 3 will swiftly follow the launch of the Live A Live Switch remaster, making July the perfect month for RPG fans. The decision to push the game forward has effectively filled a mid-year gap in the Nintendo roster, which previously looked quite bare.

The recent delay of Breath of the Wild 2, and the indefinite delay of Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp certainly meant Nintendo wasn’t going to have the 2022 it planned – so making a few changes along the way makes sense. Fans of the long-running Xenoblade saga now have plenty of reasons to get excited for the future.

Read: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 pushed back to 2023

In addition to a fresh release date, Nintendo has also announced a shiny Collector’s Edition for the game, exclusive to the My Nintendo Store. This deluxe package will include a special steelbook, box, and art book, and will likely be produced in limited numbers.

Preorders for this edition will be opening shortly.

While there’s much speculation about why Xenoblade Chronicles 3 was pushed forward, Nintendo has confirmed nothing yet. It may be that a larger game release is now scheduled in Xenoblade‘s original September slot, or that more mid-year coverage was needed with the loss of Advance Wars on the schedule.

Whatever the case, it’s great news for Xenoblade Chronicles fans around the world, who can now look forward to the game’s new July release.

Leah J. Williams is a gaming and entertainment journalist who's spent years writing about the games industry, her love for The Sims 2 on Nintendo DS and every piece of weird history she knows. You can find her tweeting @legenette most days.