Potential news on Xenoblade Chronicle 2's localized voice acting

It seems like we might be getting a hint at the voice acting for Xenoblade Chronicles 2, so far as the stateside localization goes. Voice actor/director Wendee Lee has been sharing news on Facebook about Xenoblade Chronicles 2. She just re-shares info posts on the game, and doesn't say anything specific. She does the same on Twitter, where she retweets posts about the game.

People are taking her social media posts as a hint at her involvement in the localized version of the game. Whether she's voicing a character or handling the directing remains to be seen. We'll keep you posted.

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 lead composer gives status update music, says some recording is complete

The following comes from lead composer Yasunori Mitsuda...

- music appears to be pretty much complete
- was worked on by 150 people, the largest production Mitsuda has been involved with
- mixing process for music began this week
- Mitsuda is responsible for budget management, booking, music sheet management, and composin
- it seems a Xenoblade Chronicles X soundtrack is coming, but a release date isn’t fixed yet
- mixing the music only started for the cut-scenes, so it’s just half of the tracks
- recording sound quality is good, and the team is trying its best to top the original Xenoblade
- this is among one of the largest scale projects in the whole gaming world

"Starting today we will begin mixing the xenoblade 2 soundtrack. With that being said, it's just the tracks for the cutscenes, which still leaves half of all the music to go once those are done. But what we have recorded sounds great. Everyone is working hard to surpass the xenoblade 1 soundtrack. In my mind this is undoubtedly one of the largest-scale projects in video game music in the world."

Another Project x Zone dev leaves Monolith Soft

"I retired from Monolith software which I belonged to for about 16 years as of March 31 of last weekend. Though it involved Zeno ep1 ~ Batten 1 ~ Nam Cup ~ Muguero 2 work ~ PXZ 2 work, Thank you very much, everyone who supported and those who cooperated, and more than anything else who played software!"

It's a bit odd that two devs leave, one right after the other. On top of that, Koji Ishitani never gives a reason as to why he's leaving. You have to wonder if something is going on! Thanks to OperationGamer for the heads up.

Project X Zone director leaves Monolith Soft

Coming from Soichiro Morizumi...

“I have resigned from Monolith Soft as of today, March 31. Thank you so much for looking after me for 14 years! I have been able to successfully complete games from Namco x Capcom to Super Robot Taisen OG Saga: Endless Frontier EXCEED to Project X Zone. I’m very grateful to have worked with all of the companies involved. I’m planning to remain in the games industry, so let’s meet again in the next game… someday

And by the way, it was an amicable resignation. As for how amicable, it was as amicable as when I resigned from Banpresto lol. Since I was at Banpresto for seven years, and Monolith Soft for 14 years, is this some sort of cause and effect? If my next one is 21 years, I’ll be of exact retirement age (65 years old).”

Yasunori Mitsuda going in to record Xenoblade Chronicles 2 music today

As we've reported a couple times now, the soundtrack for Xenoblade Chronicles 2 seems absolutely massive. I can't imagine how projects like this ever get finished!

Nintendo UK reconfirms Fire Emblem Warriors, Xenoblade Chronicles 2 for launch in 2017

This comes from the Nintendo UK feature we posted earlier today, which looks at titles hitting Switch in 2017...

If those aren’t enough, in autumn you can look forward to Fire Emblem Warriors. Fans of huge RPGs should anticipate the arrival of Xenoblade Chronicles 2 this year as well!

There's the latest update on both of those titles, which will apparently see release before the year closes out. Let's see if Nintendo actually makes that happen!

Irish choral ensemble Anúna recording tracks for Xenoblade Chronicles 2

Music composers:

Yasunori Mitsuda
ACE (Tomori Kudo, CHiCO)
Kenji Hiramatsu
Manami Kiyota

- Anúna, the choral ensemble from Ireland, is providing the vocals for 4 pieces
- Yasunori Mitsuda is a huge fan of Anúna, which is how they got involved with the project

The following comes from Andrea Delaney (from Anúna)...

Unreal recording experience with sound engineer Brian Masterson on composer Yasunori Mitsuda’s music for Nintendo Switch Xenoblade2! I swear, if I could do this every day, I would… Putting me in the mood for some recording and sharing of my own.

8-4 not handling Xenoblade Chronicles 2 localization

Looks like 8-4 isn't returning to handle the localization of Xenoblade Chronicles 2. We have no idea who's taking on the Herculean task, but we'll keep our ear to the ground to find out. Thanks to Anon for the heads up.

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 music recording sessions taking place right now

Looks like Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is really chugging along! I wonder when we'll actually see this game release. I know they said 2017, but I'm still not convinced that'll happen.