September 16, 2018 1:55 pm Published by 3 Comments

“How big of a download is it?” “Is it DLC, or a new Game?” “Am I going to like Addam?” “Should I buy physical, digital, or just go with the Expansion Pass?” “How long will it take me to beat?”


When it comes to Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna – The Golden Country, there are plenty of unanswered questions and we’re going to put a stop to that right now, for it is time to answer any and all questions you have:

Torna questionsWhat is Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna – The Golden Country? Developed by Monolith Soft, Torna – The Golden Country is an expansion on the established Xenoblade universe and series. As its name suggests, it is connected to Xenoblade Chronicles 2 but takes place 500 years before the current events.

It is the story of Jin and Lora and their time together during the Aegis War.


Is Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna – The Golden Country DLC, or is it a New Game? Torna is pretty much both. It is DLC because you can download it and play it as part of the main game, but it was rendered with a different engine, has enhanced models, features new gameplay and combat mechanism. It also has its own story that it follows, but the best term for it is an Expansion.

It is more than enough to stand on its own two feet as a standalone game, but Torna is an Expansion, which was itself expanded as the events of Torna were meant to play out between Chapters 7 and 8 of the main game, only to then become its own game and have more added to it.


Does Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna – The Golden Country feature new music? As a matter of fact, it does. Yasunori Mitsuda composed a new soundtrack for Torna and as part of that soundtrack, there are 11 arrangements of existing songs.

Battle music feels more gripping and groovy and there’s also a new ending theme provided by Jen Bird.


How big of a download is Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna – The Golden Country? According to its eShop listing, Torna only requires 3.2GB of free space.


How do I get Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna – The Golden Country if I have the Expansion Pass? Provided you own Xenoblade Chronicles 2 digitally, or physically, and have the Expansion Pass, you just need to update the game to Version 2.0.0 and on the games home menu, one of the options will be Torna – The Golden Country. Doing so will take you to a new title screen menu and from there you can create a new game to start playing Torna.

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Is the Expansion Pass worth buying for Xenoblade Chronicles 2? A better question would be, why don’t you have it yet? Priced at $29.99 US dollars, the Expansion Pass is the best DLC you could ever buy. Not only does it allow players to play Torna a week early, but it also allows them access to a Challenge mode that allows players to unlock Shulk, Fiora and Elma as Blades, obtain 3 other Rare Blades, get costumes, free gifts and undergo new quests.

Essentially the Expansion Pass is a must for Xenoblade Chronicles 2 and if you haven’t brought it yet, you should, even if you purchase Torna to do so, since it comes with a code for the Expansion Pass.


If I own Torna – The Golden Country physically/digitally and create a save file, can I continue my save when playing Xenoblade Chronicles 2, due to the Expansion Pass? At the time of responding to this, we don’t know. The physical release is not out yet and we don’t have a review copy of it, so we can’t answer this, but we hope to do so soon.


Does Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna – The Golden Country have a different home screen icon? Yes and no. If you have Torna due to the Expansion Pass, it does not have a new icon, as the Xenoblade Chronicles 2 icon remains the same as what it is. However, if you buy the digital or physical release of Torna, the game does have an icon of its one.

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Does Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna – The Golden Country perform any better in handheld mode? Yes, but not to the extent everyone will enjoy. Torna both runs and performs better compared to Xenoblade Chronicles 2 and has some rather enjoyable grass, but the improvements are small, as Torna does appear rough around the edges whilst in handheld and is still best played when docked.


What is the difference between the Digital and Physical release of Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna – The Golden Country? The difference is one is literally a standalone game on a cartridge in a game box and the other is a digital release that you can download straight from the eShop, provided you buy it. 

Both releases however, come with a code for the Expansion Pass for Xenoblade Chronicles 2 and cost $39.99 US dollars. You can of course just buy the Expansion Pass though now, for $10 US dollars cheaper. With the Expansion Pass that comes with the release of Torna though, it does not allow you to play Torna in the main game.


How long does Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna – The Golden Country take to beat? Now, this depends entirely on the person playing it. Provided you do side quests as and when they become available and get to Community Level 4, you can beat Torna in around 12 hours, if you’re in a hurry. You can however, stick around and put another 12 hours into the game to find every Unique Monster and Secret Area, as well as completer ever quest and max out your Community Level.

In that 25 hours though, you’ll be hard pressed to max out every affinity chart and Blade Arts, so don’t be afraid to do a second playthrough as part of New Game Plus to do everything you didn’t.

For a short answer though, Torna has at least 12-45 hours of content for players to enjoy and lots of beautiful locations.


Just how expansive is Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna – The Golden Country take to beat? As officially revealed, Torna only has two Titans with one being an older version of Gormott.

Gormott is a reduced version of the size in the main game as Xenoblade Chronicles 2 has more areas to explore, but it’s still fun to experience nonetheless. As for the new Tornan Titan, although divided up in regions, it is around the same size of Gormott.

Still, Torna is an absolutely beautiful setting, packed with gorgeous locations and its developers really outdid themselves with it.


Does Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna – The Golden Country have a New Game Plus? It does indeed and there are a few pros and cons to it, but it’s rather similar to the New Game Plus mode that the main game has.

For an accurate breakdown of New Game Plus though, you’re welcome to click here to be taken to an article with all the details.


Does Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna – The Golden Country have Chapters? It does not. It’s just one story from start to finish, with multiple cut-scenes and a lot of gameplay.


Does Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna – The Golden Country have a Theatre Mode? It does and to gain access to it, you need only to experience your first cut-scene.


Do people die in Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna – The Golden Country? Given the fact Torna takes place during a time Alrest is at war, of course, people die in it, but that is expected.


Will I like Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna – The Golden Country’s ending? If you liked the ending to the main game, the answer is yes. It is very emotional, the cut-scenes are intense and you will most likely shared a tear or two.


Will I like Addam and Lora? Lora is pretty much the character we assumed she was, during all the cut-scenes that feature her in the main game, except she’s more fleshed out. As for Addam, he is indeed a hero, but he does not match expectations, thus allowing him to be something of a refreshing character, but he’s no Zeke.


How long have Lora and Jin been together? Although this is bit of a grey area as some can call this a spoiler, but Jin and Lora have been together for 17 years.


How long has Mythra been with Addam during the events of Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna – The Golden Country take place? Around a year and she was awakened about a year after Malos.


Are Milton and Mikhail as cute as they look? They are adorable and I only regret we do not get to see more of them.


Does Torna – The Golden Country feature any characters from Xenoblade Chronicles 2? It absolutely does! (Addam, Jin, Malos, Mythra, Brighid, Aegaenon, Haze, Amalthus, Minoth, Lora and etc.)


Can I play as the Blades in Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna – The Golden Country Xenoblade Chronicles 2? Not only can you control them directly whilst fighting, but you can also play as them when exploring the game’s overworld and item-gather.


How does Combat differ in Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna – The Golden Country? Well, the battle system is completely different as battles are now fought with three teams and each team has three members (one Driver and 2 Blades.) Players can only control one team, with the lead fighter being the Vanguard, but players can swap between characters in their team, during battles, executing Blade combos and Blade Arts.

Not only does combat feel improved, but the way it is executed feels faster and more fun to play and it ties into the whole feel of Torna perfectly.


What are other gameplay ways that Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna – The Golden Country differs? To answer that, things like Heart-to-Heart and Salvaging are gone, but there is a camping mechanic where Drivers and Blades will sit around a fire and cook meals, craft pouch items and even chat amongst themselves. The chats can range in topic and will change, depending on where in the story you are.

There’s also a Tips section added to the game for players who need to review information at any time. But, because things can be crafted and cooked, finding the materials for these is even easier as when in the field, harvesting points will actually tell you what kind of an item you can harvest, as well as show you show you an image (flowers, vegetables and the like.)


What is the Community System in Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna – The Golden Country? The Community system is something of a throwback to the affinity chart seen in Xenobalde Chronicles and Xenoblade Chronicles X. It is a feature that will compel you to interact with the people of Alrest, keep track of when new quests are available and raise your Community level, which is important since you need Level 4 to be able to finish the story.


Should you feel you have a question that wasn’t asked and answered above, be sure to leave a comment and we’ll answer it as soon as we’re able, as we do want you to be as fully informed on Torna as much as possible, without giving away any spoilers.



Thank you for stopping by, and Happy #XenoWeek!

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