For those who have not completed games in the Xenoblade Chronicles series, this page contains spoilers regarding the plot. Discretion is advised.
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 unfamiliar Nopon, Kino and Nene, who are all playable in the new area Bionis' Shoulder. This additional story is accessible from the beginning, it is not needed to clear the main storyline.
The epilogue Future Connected sets one year after the main story. The 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. They are flying aboard the Machina's Junks while they are attacked by a light ray coming from a mysterious black fog and crash into Bionis' Shoulder, located near Alcamoth.
A strange phenomenon makes bits of land on the Bionis' Shoulder rise in the air and float. Two Nopon named Kino and Nene 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's and Oka's daughter and Kino's adoptive sister, although she treats him like a son. They are both very strong fighters.
Despite having a new weapon that resembles the Monado, Shulk no longer has the ability to see the future as before, due to wielding the Replica Monado during the final battle against Zanza. A variety of enemies populate the Bionis' Shoulder. However a new type of enemy, called Fogbeasts, are acting in the shadows and will give a hard time to the party. 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 removed, as well as the Chain Attack replaced by a new battle mechanic, the Union Strikes providing by the Ponspectors, who are supporting Nopon characters and participate to the battles.