• "Xenoblade Chronicles 3" could be announced in H1 2022
  • The game could also release in 2022 or 2023
  • Nintendo has not said anything about the third installment of the hit series "Xenoblade Chronicls"

"Xenoblade Chronicles 3," the supposed third installment in the hit series of action role-playing games developed by Monolith Soft and published by Nintendo, is reportedly not releasing anytime soon and it looks like fans will have to wait until 2023 before they could get their hands on the much-awaited title.

The latest information about "Xenoblade Chronicles 3" came from the industry insider who goes by the name Nate The Hate. In a recent podcast, they claimed that the game's development was affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Monolith Soft, the gaming studio behind the upcoming game, is reportedly working right now to fix a number of technical issues in the game. The insider further detailed that the delay in the game's rollout was due to issues related to "optimization."

The lush open world adventure 'Xenoblade Chronicles 2' seems to have scored high with Western gamers.

Earlier rumors mentioned Nintendo aimed to announce the game in 2021 but it did not happen because of various obstacles in the game's development process. As for the game's official reveal, the insider suggested that Nintendo could choose to announce the game sometime in the first half of 2022.

The insider also mentioned there is a great chance for the game to release in December 2022. However, it is starting to appear that the game could debut on Nintendo Switch in 2023 instead.

It may be recalled that there have been a series of developments over the past months suggesting that "Xenoblade Chronicles 3" is eventually releasing. Jenna Coleman, Melia's voice actress seemingly indicated the same.

There were also previous rumors claiming that the game is in its final stages of development. The series' composer also mentioned that a new "Xenoblade" game is in the works while Monolith Soft noted that it wanted to keep investing in the franchise.

It is worth noting that while these leaks and details surrounding the development, announcement and release of "Xenoblade Chronicles 3" are interesting, these are not official. Fans should take these leaks as highly speculative at this stage since neither Nintendo nor Monolith Soft has confirmed the game's development.

But, if this claim about the game is true, it is starting to look like Nintendo is preparing to have a great 2022. The Japanese gaming giant is believed to release the highly anticipated "The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2" this year.