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I have never played Xenoblade Chronicles, but seeing recent trailers it's a series I'd like to get into.

Will playing the Xenoblade Chronicles 2 before playing the original Xenoblade Chronicles mean that I will get spoilers for Xenoblade Chronicles, or feel confused about Xenoblade Chronicles 2?

Please use spoiler tags where appropriate.

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  • All three games are completely separate stories and games that happen to share some similarities in terms of races and items and so on. The series is very similar to Final Fantasy in that regard. Without going into spoiler territory, the games do sometimes reference each other, but not in any significant way. You can play the games in any order or not at all.
  • XC2 and its DLC were written such that you'd play the main game first, as the Torna DLC wasn't even available until a few days ago. Playing the DLC second is recommended.
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    Agreed. Definitely don't start with the Torna DLC, play XC2 first. Other than that, doesn't really matter.
    – user91988
    Sep 20 '18 at 20:06
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    There are a few character tie-ins between XC2 and the earlier XC games. However, they're all DLC and there's no story-based reason for it. The tie-ins are just for fans to reconnect with some popular characters.
    – Ellesedil
    Sep 20 '18 at 20:49
  • Nintendo actually recommends playing DLC first =/
    – SysDragon
    Nov 16 '18 at 12:51
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Without spoiling anything, Xenoblade Chronicles ties into Xenoblade Chronicles 2.

Spoiler:

At the end of Xenoblade Chronicles 2, it is revealed that when Klaus activated his device, he split the timeline of the world into 2 halves. One half is Xenoblade Chronicles 1, the other is Xenoblade Chronicles 2. You can hear dialogue from the end of Xenoblade 1 as you approach the final boss in 2.

However, this is only a reference, so the only thing you'll be missing out on by playing Xenoblade 2 first is a full understanding of the reference.

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