Xenoblade Chronicles: Future Connected (Japanese: つながる未来, Tsunagaru mirai) is an extra epilogue story extension of Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition. It revolves around Melia, accompanied by Shulk and two new Nopon, Kino and Nene, who are all playable in the new area Bionis' Shoulder. This additional story can be played without clearing the main storyline first (although it will not make sense without prior knowledge of the Xenoblade Chronicles plot).
The epilogue Future Connected is set one year after the main story. The new world is at peace, the different known races are working together, and the restoration of the world is underway. Shulk suggests that Melia set out to find the capital of her people, the imperial city of Alcamoth, which has come to rest by the Bionis' Shoulder. They are flying aboard the Machina's Junks when they are attacked by a beam of light coming from a mysterious black fog within Alcamoth and crash into Bionis' Shoulder.
Upon leaving the trashed Junks, Kino and Nene are revealed to have stowed away to join Shulk and Melia. Kino is a young Nopon who wants to become a hero like his adoptive father, Riki, but is afraid of strangers. Nene is Riki and Oka's daughter and Kino's adoptive sister.
The party set out to a small garrison of High Entia soldiers, who inform them that Alcamoth has been overrun by a being known as the Fog King. The mission to reclaim Alcamoth and restore Melia's rule comprise the plot, along with protecting the Shoulder settlement of Gran Dell from Fogbeasts and Melia reconciling with her "sister", Tyrea.
Despite having a new weapon that resembles the Monado, Shulk no longer has the ability to see the future. A variety of familiar enemies populate the Bionis' Shoulder. However a new type of enemy, the Fogbeasts, have begun to infect the area. All over Bionis' Shoulder, Nopon rangers named Ponspectors can help the party and even unlock their own signature attack.
The battle mechanics are globally similar but the Visions and the Skill Trees are gone, and Chain Attacks are replaced by a new battle mechanic, the Union Strikes.These involve the Ponspectors, who are supporting Nopon characters and participate in battles with strong group attacks. Shulk and Melia retain their arts from the main game, and Kino and Nene fight with the arts of Sharla and Reyn respectively.
Following Pyra, Mythra and KOS-MOS figures, Good Smile Company has announced a Melia figure made into a 1/7 scale and based on her design from Future Connected on May 29th, 2020, and revealed prototype pictures for the WonHobby Gallery 2020 AUTUMN exhibition on October 17th.