Monolith Soft launched Xenoblade Chronicles 2 back in December 2017 as quite the capstone for Nintendo Switch’s first year on the market. A little over a year later, in February 2019, Kadokawa published Xenoblade 2: Official Artworks – Alrest Records in Japan, a 352-page art book that also contained plenty of lore. To date, the book has received no official English translation. However, the next best thing is in the works. Fans @MechaMkII (“Ker”) and @feezy_feez (“Feez”) on Twitter are putting together an English fan translation of Xenoblade 2: Official Artworks – Alrest Records, and Ker has shared a few pages in preview. Ker is also contemplating starting a blog to communicate progress on the translation and other projects.
For Xenoblade 2's 4th anniversary I'd like to announce a new project I'm working on with @feezy_feez and a few others: A translation of the Xenoblade 2: Alrest Records art book! Here's a preview of things to come with Pyra, Mythra, and Pneuma's profile pages! #Xenoblade2_fes21 pic.twitter.com/BR0gm5QpAv
— Ker (@MechaMkII) December 1, 2021
If it comes to fruition, Xenoblade 2: Official Artworks – Alrest Records would be far from the first Xeno book to receive an awesome English fan translation. Xenoblade: The Secret File – Monado Archives received a full English fan translation last year (though its original download link no longer works), and long prior to that, a fantastic fan translation of Xenogears Perfect Works was created. It’s weird that different game publishers have apparently expressed little interest in publishing these things internationally, so it’s a good thing that talented fans exist.
Stay tuned for updates on the fan translation of Xenoblade 2: Official Artworks – Alrest Records, and for more news about awesome things that are suddenly available in English, check out Final Fantasy VI T-Edition.