Bandai Namco has filed a trademark in the United States for Also Sprach Zarathustra, which just so happens to be Xenosaga 3’s subtitle. Is this a sign that we may finally be getting the Xenosaga Remaster?
Not necessarily, but it’s definitely promising.
Fans of the series have been clamouring for a Xenosaga Remaster and Bandai Namco might be set to finally deliver.
The trademark, which was filed on April 10, 2018 is for;
Computer game programs; Computer game software; Downloadable computer game programs; Downloadable computer game software via a global computer network and wireless devices; Video game software.
Obviously, being from Bandai Namco, the fact that it’s a video game isn’t news. However, the part of the trademark that refers to downloadable computer game software makes me think that it’s an update on the original game.
A second trademark for Also Sprach Zarathustra also exists and belongs to Bandai Namco, which is for the original release of Xenosaga 3. It was filed in 2004 and is for;
VIDEO GAME CARTRIDGES AND COMPUTER GAME PROGRAMS
There’s no mention of downloads or transfer via wireless devices. Trademark language has likely changed since 2004 to incorporate the wider use of the internet and digital downloads, but it’s interesting to note nonetheless.
Xenosaga Remaster coming to E3?
The Xenosaga games are a spiritual successor to the Xenogears games. Set in the year 20xx, Xenosaga sees humanity under attack as it’s been spread all over the galaxy.
The location of Earth has been lost and with the threat of extinction at the hands of the Gnosis, the human Federation develops the AGWS mechs and KOS-MOS battle droids.
The three Xenosaga games follow Shion Uzuki and a prototype KOS-MOS on their journey. Xenosaga featured strong references and inspirations drawn from Judaism, Christianity, mysticism and Gnosticism.
Xenosaga was originally planned to be a six-part series but was cut short at three. Critics at the time felt that Xenosaga was too ambitious and the second and third instalments sold poorly.
Regardless, Xenosaga has developed a cult following and a devoted fanbase. If this trademark is a sign that Xenosaga Remaster is in development, fans are going to lose their minds.
Given the timing, if Xenosaga Remaster is in development, I’d expect to see an announcement at E3.