New Xenosaga Epsiode III Details Revealed
02.26.06 - 1:40 AM

Namco has revealed some more details regarding its PlayStation 2 RPG Xenosaga Episode III: Also Sprach Zarathustra (Thus Spoke Zarathustra). In addition to Shion, KOS-MOS, Jr., MOMO, Chaos and Ziggy, U.R.T.V. creator Dimitri Yuriev, U-TIC scientist Sellers, the Godwin sisters Shelly and Mary and the white-clad member of Testament have been confirmed to make returing appearances in Epiosde III.

Among the new locations the protagonists will venture to, is a strange splitter of land that has suddenly appeared in outer space. To investigate this strange floating structure, Yuri Mizrahi is sending Jr. and company. The floating structure however is guarded by an unknown E.S. To make things worse, when the party tries to reach the structure, it starts emitting a glowing light. Other dramatic scenes will take place aboard the Durandal, as Dimtri invades the ship and releases the Zohar emulators. Dimitri is apparently conspiring with his former colleague and current U-TIC scientist Sellers. Furthermore, judging from screenshots released today, Episode III will follow the example of its prequels in being heavy on flashbacks. The main means of transportation, the spaceship Elsa, has also been confirmed to return in Episode III. Its enlarged hangar now offers space for up to four E.S. units.

System-wise, Jr. will come equipped with a new special technique known as Red Dragon. Related to Jr.'s history as an U.R.T.V., this move is said to be the most powerful special technique in the entire game.

The development team at Monolith Soft decided to bring back the good old E.V.S. simulators, dungeon traps and Segment Addresses. Traps however can now be set where ever the player wishes. If an enemy gets caught in a trap, he will not only be at a disadvantage at the beginning of the battle, but your party will also be treated to a boost bonus. When a party member approaches a NPC in a city or town, a conversation window will automatically open.

In response to criticism directed at Episode II, the development has also significantly increased the size of the game's scenario. After being left out of Episode II, shops allowing for the purchase of weapons, accessories and healing items will be implemented in Episode III. In addition to shops located in cities and towns, many shops will also be accessible from plates standing next to yellow-colored savespots.

Xenosaga Episode III: Also sprach Zarathustra has yet to receive an official release date.

Chris Winkler