During the E3 Direct, Nintendo announced a new piece of content for Xenoblade Chronicles 2. Titled Torna ~ The Golden Country, it takes players back in time to 500 years before the events of the main game, allowing us to experience a war only discussed in 2’s campaign. During Nintendo Treehouse Live, we got our first look at how this will play out, with the team playing through the first twenty-five minutes of the new expansion. We also get a few hints of story beats, as well as some new and returning mechanics.

Torna ~ The Golden Country gives us a look at the journey taken long ago by the Blade Jin and his Driver of that age, Lora, a human whom he is said to have grown close to after she managed to take him on when she was younger. One of the new features seen almost immediately is that, as both of these characters are strong fighters, you can actually play as both of them. Yes, Blades will be playable characters this time around, each holding their own abilities and arts, and there are even special abilities that can activate when you switch your current combatant from Driver to their equipped Blade. Jin’s, for instance, immediately causes Topple when switched in against an enemy with the Break status.

As seen in the DLC’s E3 trailer, Mythra also makes a return quite early on in this story, and she’ll be accompanied by a Driver who was mentioned in the original game but never appeared: Adam. Both of these will join your party after you defeat them in combat, and you can again control both Driver and Blade in battle.

One of the coolest features for longtime
Xenoblade fans will be the return of Talent Arts in the game. Like Shulk’s Monado Arts in the original Xenoblade Chronicles, these are unique powers that each character has, which can either provide special effects or super powerful attacks. A few of these were revealed in the demo, such as Lora’s ability to sacrifice a bit of HP to instantly charge up her Arts, or Adam’s ability to extend the time of a Driver Combo, allowing him to unleash even more damage on foes.

There will be at least one major new region in this game, and that is the titular Kingdom of Torna. You can explore it in its entirety, and it’s said to be quite a large area. Additionally, you’ll be able to return to other titans from Rex’s storyline and see what they were like 500 years before that journey took place, though not even the Treehouse reps were sure if
all the titans will be returning.

Plenty of other information and combat was shown off in the demo, and you can watch it all in the video above! The
Torna DLC will be sold both as add-on content for Xenoblade Chronicles 2 as well as a standalone product this September, and the Treehouse indicated that you could play it either before or after the main game with little issue. Will you be tackling this new quest in the world of Alrest?

Source: Nintendo Treehouse Live @ E3 2018

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Tyler Meehan
Tyler is verbose. He apologizes for that. Tyler "Alpha" Meehan's first experiences with gaming came from his cousins' NES and the Mario games that went with it. They were fun, but merely brief distractions while on the road (yes, they had an NES in their car. It was awesome, and he was jealous). Still, nothing compared to his Star Wars books. OR SO HE THOUGHT. His love of gaming truly began when he and a friend came together to beat the Nintendo 64's Mission: Impossible, a challenge so intense that Tyler bought his own console to facilitate its defeat. Upon being introduced to Ocarina of Time (an introduction that included, among other spoilers, the freakin' final boss fight. GEEZ, PHILIP), his lot in life as a Nintendo fanboy was sealed in stone. His ability to recall absolutely useless video game information served him well during the Pokémon craze, and helped him aid numerous friends in their own endeavors to defeat games like Majora's Mask and Kingdom Hearts. Those were good days. Good days... The Zelda series soon became his primary obsession fascination, but additionally he was soon introduced to text-based RPGs by one of his schoolmates. Discovering that he had a knack for the English language and a strong love of telling stories, he started putting effort into writing his own storylines. That all got put onto the backburner, though, when he discovered the Zelda online community, particularly The Desert Colossus's Hyrule Adventures 2, an online text RPG based in the Zelda world. He joined under the pseudonym of "Alpha" and soon became one of their lead writers, going so far as to join the moderator staff and, in a year's time, become the head administrator of the RPG. During this time, Twilight Princess was released, and he joined several other TDCers in posting their thoughts on the game - his "Twilight Impression Posts" lasted for several months and were well received by the community. Staying on even after the webmaster was forced to retire, he continued to provide occasional news posts and articles for the site, until it became clear that the site was dying. He turned his focus back to Hyrule Adventures 2 and his college studies, until the latter forced him to stop work on the former. Tyler graduated a few years ago from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a Bachelors in Computer Science, and now serves as a software engineer for a rather large company that he doesn't feel like telling you all about (he's a jerk like that sometimes). His love of gaming and writing still strong, he joined the Zelda Informer staff in early 2013 to write a walkthrough for The Wind Waker, but later began using his English skills to become ZI and Gamnesia's first dedicated Copy Editor. When not trying to get Brian to shut up in Gamnesia's group chat, he spends his time writing Zelda fanfiction, planning some original fantasy stories that he may or may not try to publish some day, and playing games on his Wii, PlayStation 3, and Nintendo 3DS. He intends to get a WiiU sooner or later, probably around when Pikmin 3 comes out, but has little interest in the other consoles currently. Also, he can't stand writing bios in first-person. Talking about yourself like that is just...weird.


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