Had Reached Planning Stage Before Being Axed
This week, it was revealed via tweet, by Katsuhiro Harada, the long-time producer of Bandai Namco's Tekken franchise, that a remaster of the 2001 Playstation 2 RPG Xenosaga had reached the planning stage but, these plans were not pushed forward due to the game's possible release having failed a profitable market analysis. Harada ended his message by saying he was sorry to fans of the game and added that it would be difficult to bring up the possibility of a Xenosaga remaster in the future.
The question was spurred on by Twitter user InstantMayhem, who asked Harada via a tweet on the 26th of December about any possible updates regarding an HD collection of the three Xenosaga games, and the release of a possible 3rd game in the Project X Zone series. Many fans responded to the tweet in question with dismay that an HD collection may never come to be.
Originally released in 2001 on the Playstation 2, Xenosaga is a Sci-fi RPG that takes place several thousand years in the future in an era where humanity has mastered space travel and colonized alien worlds. Originally conceived as a series of six games, Xenosaga was eventually cut down to three games, and a Nintendo DS game covering the events of the first two titles in the series.
Xenosaga as a series also serves as something of a prequel to Square Soft's 1998 RPG Xenogears and shares much of its creative staff with the Xenosagaf games as well. In addition to appearing in the Xenosaga franchise, characters from all three games have also made cameos in Namco VS Capcom, Project X Zone 1 and 2, and Soul Calibur 3.
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