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Reception of individual titles has been positive, although journalists have commented that the series was too ambitious.
While the first game met with strong sales, the series as a whole was a commercial disappointment.
Each title in the trilogy features a subtitle taken from the published work of German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. The disc features a visual novel segment featuring multiple characters from the game, a minigame dubbed Xeno Pitten, a dictionary that explains the game's terminology, and a demo for Episode II. The Federation has come under attack from an ancient alien race called the Gnosis, which begins decimating Federation worlds.
Additionally an anime adaptation titled Xenosaga: The Animation, which adapted the events of the first game, was produced by Toei Animation. Humanity is now spread across 500,000 planets, with their governments forming the Galaxy Federation. As normal weapons are ineffective, Vector develops two different weapon systems designed to fight them: humanoid mechs dubbed AGWS (Anti Gnosis Weapon System), and the similar but more powerful KOS-MOS battle androids.
While presumed destroyed, Miltia was lost in a space-time anomaly when an experiment involving U. Following the apparent destruction of Miltia, new settlements and a new government are established on a neighboring planet named Second Miltia. V.s; Vector Industries, a megacorporation controlling the U. N.; a splinter faction called the U-TIC Organization; religious cult Ormus, which funds U-TIC; and the Testaments, a group of men who have been granted a form of immortality following their original deaths. Ormus' leader Sergius gains control of a powerful mech called Proto Omega, destroying Miltia in the process.
Key organizations include the Federation government; the Kukai Foundation, a group that acts as a shelter for enhanced humans including U. The first game follows series protagonists Shion Uzuki and prototype battle android KOS-MOS escaping a Gnosis attack and traveling to Second Miltia aboard the passenger freighter Elsa, where they meet a young man called chaos. He is then killed by the Testaments, who give Albedo control of Proto Omega, forcing Jr. In Episode III, Shion, KOS-MOS, chaos and the rest of their group confront both the Testaments—which includes a resurrected Albedo—and Vector CEO Wilhelm.
Characters from Xenosaga would go on to appear in multiple crossover games. is managed by Vector Industries, which also controls interests in the Federation's military.
Over 4000 years in the future, humanity has left Earth behind to colonize the galaxy following a terrible event, resulting in Earth's location being lost and the planet being dubbed "Lost Jerusalem": by the game's events, humanity has adopted a new calendar system dubbed "Transcend Christ" (T. Beginning due to a war between the then-scientific U-TIC Organization and the Federation, it escalated due to a group of experimental Realians going berserk and attacking people indiscriminately. Vs—an army of 669 genetically modified children designed to combat U-DO's energies—goes horribly wrong. In Episode II, Albedo uses information gathered during the events of Episode I to open the way to the original planet Miltia, which becomes the focus of a conflict between the Federation and Ormus.
is a role-playing video game series developed by Monolith Soft and primarily published by Namco.
Forming part of the wider Xeno metaseries, Xenosaga is set in a science fiction universe and follows a group of characters as they face both a hostile alien race called the Gnosis and human factions fighting for control of the Zohar, an artifact connected to a god-like energy called U-DO.
The team were helped by Namco, who provided funding and acted as the publisher.
Following the release of Episode I, Takahashi and other Monolith Soft staff reassessed the series and the general structure of Monolith Soft.
The first game also received both a manga and an anime adaptation, the latter being dubbed and released in North America.