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Baten Kaitos I & II HD Remaster

Baten Kaitos I & II HD Remaster update 1.0.3

Bandai Namco has started distribution of a new version 1.0.3 update for Baten Kaitos I & II HD Remaster.

The two titles have both addressed some bugs. Additionally, Bandai Namco promises stability and usability improvements.

Here’s the full rundown:

Baten Kaitos I & II HD Remaster review

System: Switch
Release date: September 14, 2023
Developer: Monolith Soft / tri-Crescendo / logicalbeat
Publisher: Bandai Namco

Those who knew of Monolith Soft before their rise to fame with Xenoblade Chronicles will no doubt know them for their work on Xenosaga instead. Few will have heard of Baten Kaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean and its prequel Baten Kaitos Origins, two titles that were released in the early 2000s on the Gamecube and were generally well-received, but failed to make a lasting impact with sales, and were largely forgotten about beyond occasional rumors of a third game being in the works or canceled that would surface from time-to-time over the years. Baten Kaitos I & II HD Remaster brings these two games to the Switch with enhanced visuals and quality of life features, and while both games are a product of the times and beginning to show their age in places, they hold up remarkably well and are worth experiencing for any fans of Monolith Soft’s later titles.

Baten Kaitos I & II HD Remaster update 1.0.2

Bandai Namco today issued a new version 1.0.2 update for Baten Kaitos I & II HD Remaster. We have the patch notes as well.

Today’s update addresses a couple of key issues, including one that could freeze the game. Stability has been improved as well.

Here’s the full rundown:

Baten Kaitos I & II HD Remaster gameplay

A massive amount of gameplay has dropped for Baten Kaitos I & II HD. Footage shows both titles – the original Baten Kaitos and its prequel Baten Kaitos Origins.

Here’s the official eShop description with more details:

Baten Kaitos I & II HD Remaster launch trailer

Baten Kaitos I & II HD Remaster is already starting to roll out depending on what region you’re in, and thanks to Bandai Namco, we’ve got the official launch trailer. Both titles in the collection are highlighted here.

If you need a reminder on what the release has to offer, check out the following overview:

Baten Kaitos HD Remaster interview

We recently had the chance to speak with Koji Nakajima, the producer of Baten Kaitos I & II HD Remaster. These classic RPGs originally launched during the GameCube era, and are now making a comeback after roughly two decades.

Nakajima spoke with us about why Baten Kaitos is returning now, what it was like working on the remasters, support from Monolith Soft, and more. You can read our full interview below.

Baten Kaitos sequel

Bandai Namco is finally bringing back the Baten Kaitos series with remasters of the original GameCube games, but it sounds like there aren’t plans for a new entry entirely at the moment.

We asked producer Koji Nakajima about the possibility of a sequel during our recent interview. Regarding that, he shared the following with us:

Baten Kaitos I & II HD Remaster no English voice acting

Baten Kaitos I & II HD Remaster are bringing back the original GameCube RPGs with numerous updates, but there’s one key omission as they won’t come with English voice acting. Both titles did have a dub originally, but it won’t be included for the new Switch release.

Producer Koji Nakajima explained the decision in a recent interview with Nintendo Everything. He mentioned how during development, the team “tried to make adjustments on some of the expressions to match the current era”. This would have ultimately caused “discrepancies”.

In an interview with Nintendo Everything, Baten Kaitos I & II HD Remaster producer Koji Nakajima spoke about the process of updating the GameCube graphics for Switch and challenges involved with the project.

Nakajima told us that the main characters, battle backgrounds, and bosses were either “re-modeled or brushed up from the original models, and the towns and dungeons which are expressed in 2D, have been remade in a higher resolution so that they can be displayed beautifully on the Nintendo Switch while keeping the original art materials.” He also stressed that the team wanted to ensure that it did not “destroy the atmosphere and image of the original game. ”

Ahead of its release on Switch in a couple of months, Bandai Namco have shared a new trailer for Baten Kaitos I & II HD Remaster. The “Story from the Guardians” trailer gives us a brief overview of the story of the two titles included in the collection, as well as another look at the card-based combat system.

Catch up on the collection with the overview below:

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