Siliconera recently had a chance to chat with Kensuke Tsukanaka, the producer of Project X Zone 2. During our conversation, we brought up developer Monolith Soft, and pointed out that while their Xenosaga series has been represented in Project X Zone, their Baten Kaitos RPGs for the Gamecube have not.
“Are fans ever going to see Baten Kaitos again, inside or outside of Project X Zone?” I asked Tsukanaka. He laughed, and responded:
“So, do you remember that KOS-MOS and T-elos, from Xenosaga, were in the first Project X Zone game? We didn’t include them just because Monolith Soft was developing Project X Zone, we put them in there because there were so many fans of their games on the team, and that they happened to make sense for the world of the game.
“The reason there’s not Baten Kaitos characters in the story is because they just didn’t seem to fit in anywhere. As for [Baten Kaitos] itself outside of Project X Zone, well, I can’t really say much about that yet, but I think we need some substantial feedback from fans before moving forward with a project like that. What do they want to see from it? What platform do they want to see it on? If we can gather more voices for Baten Kaitos, then maybe we can start something with Bandai Namco Entertainment. That’s about all I can say right now!”
Well, there you go. If you want more Baten Kaitos, you’ll have to speak up. Remember, even after Monolith Soft became a Nintendo studio, the team has managed to retain a lot of its talent, including staff like Koh Kojima and Yasuyuki Honne, both of whom were heavily involved with Baten Kaitos.