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  • Bad Export for You: The series had a god-awful treatment in Europe. For starters, Episode I wasn't even released but, in one of the most baffling publishing decisions in a genre popular in Europe for its baffling publishing decisions, Episode II WAS released. And in a really neat, almost-collector edition-level packaging. Too bad it was only (badly) translated into French and German (in a time when Spanish and Italian translations were already common place) and with one of the worst 50Hz conversions in the entire 6th Console Generation, which is saying something. As for the plot, the game included a DVD with a few hours worth of cutscenes from Episode I to put European audiences up to speed... sort of, since it barely counted as a barebones version of the plot of the first game. The game obviously flopped hard, so Episode III wasn't even considered for an European release.
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  • Cross-Dressing Voices: Jr. is voiced by Bridanne Siddall. In a much more minor example, Wendee Lee voiced kid Gaignun in Episode III.
  • Executive Meddling: Numerous - the main brains behind the series were axed by the time the third game came out. The radically different Episode II was a result of this trope as well, which pretty much led to the series being reduced from six games to three. Ironically, the third game seems to be the most true to its spiritual predecessor and is generally regarded as the best in the series.
  • Franchise Killer: The series was meant to span six games (not counting spin offs)... Episode II sure fixed that. Luckily, at least Episode 3 was able to happen before the series was canceled.
  • No Budget: Episode III seemed to suffer from this. Full CG cutscenes were used only for action scenes, many actors were reused in the dubbing, some cutscenes have extensive slowdown and there were more than a few questionably translated lines. This game was also made during the time that Namco was being bought by and merged with Bandai, so money was likely spread more thin than usual.
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  • No Export for You: Xenosaga I&II, Pied Piper, Xenosaga Freaks, and A Missing Year.
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  • Talking to Himself: Crispin Freeman as Albedo and Nigredo/Gaignun has several instances of this.
  • Troubled Production: Production on the game suffered through a number of issues, some of it internal, some of it the result of Executive Meddling that resulted in the original writers and directors leaving the project by the third game. Among the various issues, Takahashi has mentioned that the engine they used for the first game was extremely faulty and difficult to get up and running until the last year of development. Hence the game's notoriously long cutscenes, which he describes as a means to flesh the games out with content while the staff wrangled with getting the gameplay to work.
  • What Could Have Been: The story was originally going to be very different for Xenosaga II and III before Executive Meddling caused the scenario writer Soraya Saga to be dismissed and the original script by Takahashi to be discarded. A portion of the old script was retained for the Pied Piper cellphone game. Among some of the things that were originally planned to happen for Episode II:
    • Citrine would reunite with her URTV siblings.
    • Shion's past history with Febronia.
    • Junior rapidly growing to an adult with both options available during battle.
    • The ghost of old Miltia.
    • The death of Sakura.
    • Brief reunion between the URTVS and grown-up Citrine.
    • Gaignun vs the Zohar emulators.
    • Junior and Albedo vs U-DO vs KOS-MOS 3rd armament.
    • Shion's spiritual seeking/witnessing/awakening.
    • The truth about KOS-MOS
    • Conversation between chaos and the Red Testament.
    • Conversation between Nephilim and Abel.
    • An antimatter annihilation of Albedo.
    • A grand majority of the series was eventually edited out. On top of the series originally being six titles long, the What Could Have Been page itself mentions that the series took up Chapters 2 and 5 of the original ideas, with Chapter 1 being the prologue scenes to Episode I. There's also a list on a Xenogears fan forum (spoilers beware) of things that could have been but were either put in later in the series or scrapped altogether when Soraya Saga left. For example, Jr. was supposed to grow up and have his adult form available in battle, as well as something called "Gaignun vs. the Zohar Emulators."
    • Several potentially awesome scenes were removed from the scripts of all three games, some being added in later, but not when they were originally supposed to be; and some were completely forgotten about. The most obvious example being the fight between Jin and Margulis, which was in the trailer for the original game but ended up being in Episode II. Another being a potential plot where KOS-MOS eventually got strong enough weapons to destroy a planet, which Shion was supposed to prevent. Also, chaos, the guy with the ability to destroy the universe, sits around and hangs in the background doing...well, not much. Just shopping and having cryptic conversations most of the time.
  • The Wiki Rule: The Xenosaga Wiki.
  • The series makes its debut in Super Robot Wars but not as a crossover with other mechs but rather in the Gaiden Game Endless Frontier.

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