Xenosaga Remaster Considered, Failed Market Analysis
Bandai Namco General Manager Katsuhiro Harada replied to a question on Twitter, revealing that the publisher had looked into a remaster of Monolith Soft’s Xenosaga trilogy. Unfortunately, the market analysis for a remaster did not produce the results needed for it go ahead and that any revival of the idea is unlikely.
Xenosaga was conceived as a spiritual successor to Xenogears, with the Xenoblade series in turn following as a spiritual successor. All three games in the trilogy — Xenosaga Episode I: Der Wille zur Macht, Xenosaga Episode II: Jenseits von Gut und Böse, and Xenosaga Episode III: Also Sprach Zarathustra — were released for PlayStation 2 in North America and Japan, though only Episode II was released in Europe. The games take place in a sci-fi setting, with humanity spread across the galaxy 4,000 years after a catastrophic event causes Earth’s location to be lost.
Not surprised. If I wanted a remaster/remake of something, it would be Xenogears itself.