Xenosaga Episode III set for fall

Namco Bandai's Nietszchean sci-fi RPG series concludes on PlayStation with Also Sprach Zarathustra.

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The fate of humankind has been teetering over a precipice since Xenosaga Episode I: Der Wille zur Macht saw release on the PlayStation 2 in February of 2003. Now Namco Bandai's sci-fi role-playing game trilogy is set to conclude, as the company today announced that Xenosaga Epidode III: Also Sprach Zarathustra will write the final chapter in the story this fall.

The series' battle system has been updated for the conclusion, and players will be afforded more opportunity to customize their characters and given better rewards for deft party management. Namco Bandai also plans to include a Xeno Bible database feature, more than three hours of cutscenes, and a minigame with more than 50 levels.

Without spoiling too much of the story, Episode III takes place a year after the conclusion of Xenosaga Episode II: Jenseits von Gut und Bose, with protagonist Shion resigning from Vector Industries after discovering its connection to the Gnosis phenomenon. Episode III will follow her attempts to uncover the secrets of Vector and the Gnosis and save all humankind.

Namco has not yet announced pricing or rating information for Xenosaga: Episode III.

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The Japanese release date for Episode III is July 6th. The quick turnaround for a North American release is a bit surprising, but they have been reportedly working on the translation process during development, instead of the usual "Release in Japan, then begin English localization afterwards". I am very much looking forward to this game. But it has also been said in Japanese gaming media outlets that the story Episode III carries on from is the Xenosaga I-II remake on the DS (which was just recently released in Japan) and not direct from the PS2 version of Ep.II. Apparently, episode II's story was significantly changed in many ways on the DS version, and is now more along the lines of what series creator Tetsuya Takahashi actually wanted episode II to be (the director of episode II for the PS2 changed/removed many elements of the storyline that Takahashi-san, and fellow writer, and wife, Soraya Saga, had introduced in the initial script.)

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1up.com states the release date is 08/01/2006..is this the JP or US release?

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Oh man, I can't wait until "Xenosaga Epidode III" arrives. The first one was awesome

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Here's hoping for less lame minigames and more substantial plot!

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I had such hopes for this series. Hopes that it would actually go its intended 6 parts so I could see if its part five would turn out to be a revamped Xenogears. Guess its not going to happen. Too many games have suffered due to internal bickering within *cough* (sega sonic series and DC hardware). But on another note, all that german talk makes me wish for a Kishin Corps. game or is the one out there ...Somewhere...already....

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Another pretentious, yet cool, PS2 RPG that I will probably buy at some point but won't have time to play. I still haven't played the first one, and it's been on my shelf for several years. :(

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Hope it get

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meh...

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Also ich finde die deutschen Untertitel garnicht so schlecht :-)

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This is cool. Hopefully it will be better than Episode II was.

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Hopefully this is better than the second one.

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Japan version or US version????

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The release according to IGN is Q4 for the US isn't that July-September?..hopefully it will come out sometime soon. I pray they aren't doing a Matrix Revolutions...just rushing the game to get it out on the market,and make as much money as possible cause they are not going to be making anymore.

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i've been waiting for this game since i beat the second on when it came out

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YES! Now they didn't specify if this is US or Japan release date, but GS has it as Q4 2006, but that may be old or error. The 1st game was easily one of the best RPGs ever made, and the 2nd one was way underrated. I also heard Xenogears is EP 5. And the XS 3 trailer released a month ago was the best trailer ever in terms of scenes.

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^Yeah the techs come back...they acutally put alot stuff back into the battle system, a mix from both I and II. Saw the gameplay in a trailer alil while ago, it looks like it will be like be good...just have to wait and see i guess.

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That's some good news, I hope the Tech Attacks comes back, because I think Episode 2 kill the franchise. I still have to beat Episode 2.

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I can't wait for it, but it need to beat the second one first.

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this game still not out i thought it should have come out by now. seems like they been working on this forever.

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great news but still it will never beat the original xenogears the best sci fi rpg of all time :)

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Argh stuck at the 2nd.........or morelike bored with the 2nd=P

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Actually Game-o_O Xenogears isn't the "first" in that it was the near the end of a series of games, I can't remeber the exact position it held and I can't find my copy of the game to find out, but according to the Wiki entry for the game it's episode 5 . On another note it's a shame this game series was cut off at 3 instead of following it's original 6 episodes, but what can you do.

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Episode I: Der Wille zur Macht. The Will to Power. Episode II: Jenseits Von Gut und Bose. Beyond Good and Evil. Episode III: Also Sprach Zarathustra. Thus Spoke Zarathustra.

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Could someone msg me the official name of all 3 & and an english translation please :p. Btw, I've beaten all 3 of the others ;d. Xeno Gears was the first, wasn't it?? o_O

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PS2 is still alive and well here in Japan with steady stream of RPGs till we are ready to embrace the next gen systems. Plenty of stuff to play till then with games like this. I wouldn't mind a Xenogears remake for next gen since then original on PS was fantastic though very unpolished. Despite the rest of the Xenosaga series not stacking as well against Xenogears they are still quite good in their own right I suppose. The good thing is that they have relating characters and story though somewhat episodic.

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Simply based on the amount of TIME it takes to make huge games like Xenosaga, they were simply insane to believe they could pull off 6 games AND maintain interest. I'm glad they came to their senses. III should be good, though.

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i hope its better than the second one and more like the first one. oh, i hope the voices have changed for shion and momo 'cause in II they were awful!!!

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...the PS2 still with strong life support !

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Cool. When they say fall, do they mean here or in Japan?

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I bet that Xenosaga episode 3 will be rated T for teens

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Woo Hoo! Hopefully this will end up better than Episode 2. That one sucked. And maybe we'll finally get some of the questions regarding the Gnosis solved. That's pretty much the only thing regarding the Xeno series that hasn't really been answered aside from character issues.

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Xenosaga III !!! Can't wait! Best RPG trilogy ever if you ask me.

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must agree with legir spent 2 weeks playing EXCLUSIVELY with the card game lol

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It's annoying when storylines get continued over such a vast time and spectrum. As it means those who missed the first can't get really get into it. Some kind of summary at the beggining of the game would be nice.

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Sounds pretty good. I have the first two copies, but I have yet to play them. After I beat a few of my other RPGs, i'll get right on those first.

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I hope another card game. I loved the first one. Very addictive.

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So now this game and then FF XII being released in the fall too! I'm finally starting to get a good reason to look forward for fall to arrive! I hope Ep. III has Ep. II on DVD as a pre order bonus like Ep. II had.

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Shweeeeett! Too bad it won't go for the full 6 games, but that was rather ambitious of them.

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It's impresive how strong the PS2 is. The XBOX doesn't get anything anymore.

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Xenosaga IV: Die Nippel der Mutterhoffnung haben trockenes laufen gelassen

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I have both episodes. The first one was absolutely spectacular it had the best story i've ever seen on a rpg. The second one kind of let me down so i hope the third one can fix that.

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great news wit a rpg wit a great story

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Good news...definitly getting it.

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Nice. Can't wait to see what happens next in the story.

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FInally some news on that american release date. Fall could not come fast enough

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hmm i think it should be du lipst hasselhof hahahaha

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So is that when the game comes out in Japan or the US?

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I never want to see german titles from Bandai again.

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What's Niezstche doing in a videogame?

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looks cool

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