MGR Artist to do Mech Designs for XCX

Over the weekend, we posted a brief story on Xenoblade Chronicles X adding Gundam writer Kazuho Hyodo to its already-stacked development team. Now, just a few short days later, we have even more details on who else has been added to the star-studded roster. Early this morning, Tetsuya Takahashi Tweeted out the following:

“First up, Mr. Takayuki Yanase. He always manages to give shape to the exact image I communicate, so I have faith in him. For this game, too, he’s created some very cool Dolls (robots).”

He went on to write:

“Then there’s Mr. Kouichi Mugitani. Xeno fans already know him, though. Naturally, I’ve asked for his help as a core member of the staff.”

Takayuki Yanase is best known for his work on Ghost in the Shell: Arise, Tenkai Knights, and Metal Gear Rising. Coincidentally enough, his contributions to MGR were mechanical designs. By our count, that sort of makes him rather perfect for the position.

As for Mugitani, well, his portfolio includes being the production designer on Xenosaga I, Xenosaga II, and Xenosaga III. He also worked on some of the character illustrations for Xenosaga III. In other words, these two additions to the team really round out Monolith Studios, making Chronicles X perhaps the most anticipated Japanese roleplaying game of 2015 and perhaps of the last few years.

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