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Xenoblade Chronicles 2 DLC Will Last a Full Year

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During today’s Nintendo Direct presentation, the company unveiled details on Xenoblade Chronicles 2’s massive Expansion Pass.

Coming in at USD$29.99/£26.99, the season pass will include the release of regular content, beginning with additional support items in December and new quests in January. The northern hemisphere’s spring will see the addition of a rare new weapon, before the bulk of the additional content lands later in the year. The first major expansion will be a challenge mode set for release in summer, before a story expansion arrives in autumn.

Curiously, the various content drops will not be available individually, meaning that players will have to pay the full price upfront, even if they only want access to one of the expansions.

In addition to news of the Expansion Pass, Nintendo unveiled a new character trailer for the game (embedded below), and announced that a day-one update will be available to incorporate dual-language audio in the game, so that players can decide whether to have the original Japanese or an English dub.

Finally, ahead of the title’s release, a promotional crossover quest in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will enable Link to dress up as Rex, the main character from Xenoblade Chronicles 2. That quest will be available from November 9.

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is set for release on December 1, exclusively on the Nintendo Switch.

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Troy Baker Discusses His Return as Joel in The Last of Us Part II

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Troy Baker has spoken about his return to the role of Joel in Naughty Dog’s upcoming title The Last of Us Part II.

During an exclusive interview with OnlySP at Supanova Comic Con & Gaming, Baker was asked how he felt to return to the role alongside Ashley Johnson, who plays Ellie in the sequel to the acclaimed 2013 title.

“The first day we were on set was when we shot [the PSX reveal] trailer,” Baker revealed. “We go through rehearsals and stuff, and we walk through it, and things get real serious all of a sudden, when we heard both of our voices. When you put everything together, that’s when Ashley goes away and Troy goes away, and you’re left with Ellie and Joel.”

Baker noted that the first time creative director Neil Druckmann spoke to him about the potential of a sequel was during the British Academy Video Game Awards in March 2014.

Check out a clip from our exclusive interview with Troy Baker and Nolan North—including the revelation of North’s return as David and the significant musical numbers featured in the game—above, and stay tuned for the full interview.

Druckmann recently revealed that Baker and Johnson had completed their main work on the game, describing it as “the most ambitious cinematic shoot we’ve ever done.” Before that, he stated that the final scene of The Last of Us Part II has been shot, with Laura Bailey recently completing her performance capture for the title. Druckmann also revealed that the rapper Logic and actor Travis Willingham will also be appearing in the game.

Earlier this month, a screen of the game’s weapon upgrade system was leaked in a promotional video, with some noting that weapon variation may be present in the game’s revision of combat.

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