Sorry if this has been discussed a lot already, but I just got through seeing the whole story of Xenoblade 1, and now I'm wondering: How much (if at all) are we expecting this to be a direct sequel to Xenoblade 1? And how much do you want it to be?
The story of Xenoblade 1ends conclusively but leaves some hooks for a sequel, with various characters talking about venturing beyond the Bionis and Mechonis. However these are pretty vague hooks.
I'm expecting this game to take place in the same universe, but the real question on my mind is if we'll see any returning characters. And who exactly would that be?(the universe Zanza created)My dream scenario is something like Golden SunNot many important characters survive outside of the main party, so I guess them? Maybe Alvis?. Honestly, I'm expecting essentially no returning characters, though it's not what I hope for.where your old party joins you eventually, but I'm not expecting that at all
The existence of common enemies and the overall look of the world gives it a direct sequel vibe than just being called Xenoblade 2. But we just have not much information yet as to how connected it is to the first one.
As for the party members, I don't think any party members from the previous game will return as playable characters. The adventure is pretty much different from the first one.