Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Collector’s Edition will miss EU launch

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Nintendo has announced that the Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Collector’s Edition won’t be available to pre-order in Europe until after the game launches.

The Switch exclusive RPG has a confirmed release date set for July 29, 2022, though fans will have to wait if they want to get their hands on the Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Collector’s Edition. According to Nintendo pre-orders for this version won’t go live until September, citing “unforeseen logistical challenges”.

Even then, copies will likely be limited. While there’s an option to register your interest, there is no guarantee that this will secure a collector’s edition for you when the pre-order listing goes live.

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At least Nintendo is offering players a way to buy the exclusive goodies (steelbook case, art book, and display box) without needing the buy the game software again. The adjusted pricing has yet to be confirmed.

Other regions have been impacted with Xenoblade pre-order issues. The US Nintendo Store website threw up errors as customers tried to reserve a copy. Naturally, just hours later, scalpers began listing their special editions at stupidly inflated prices.

Dom recently went hands-on with the game in our Xenoblade Chronicles 3 preview:

While the action remains thoroughly engaging, it’s the epic storyline that will keep you playing into the sixtieth hour. During our preview time it’s clear that Xenoblade Chronicles 3 is firmly set on cementing the series’ reputation amongst the top JRPG franchises. The cutscenes are more dramatic and action-packed than ever before – seriously, the edge of your seat will be well behind you as you’ll be stood, drawn in awe towards the action unfolding on the screen.

Xenoblade Chronicles 3 already feels like another huge step for the franchise, building on the series’ open world DNA with new ideas, compelling characters and an intriguing story. I can’t wait to see where it goes.

While not as prominent as many of Nintendo’s mascot-led franchises, Xenoblade has a sizeable fan following. The original game debuted on the Nintendo Wii back in 2010, with a remastered version (and sequel) having since launched on Switch.

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