Game Trivia

  • Originally, this game started as a "concept version" of Final Fantasy VII. It was deemed too dark for a Final Fantasy game, however, and Square opted to develop it into a separate product.

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  • The word "Xeno" in the game's title stands for "something strange or alien."

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  • This game was almost not released in the United States due to sensitive religious issues. A focal point in the original Japanese story is "killing God" and translator Richard Honeywood spoke with Japanese staff about changing God's name to something else. The Japanese wanted to use the name "Yahweh." Honeywood argued against this and said "yabeh-o" which means something dangerous in Japanese. Everyone mutually agreed to change the name to "Yabeh" finding that it was a good pun.

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  • Director Tetsuya Takahashi wanted to create the game exclusively in 3D, but techinical limitations of the PlayStation prevented this from happening. Instead, the game's engine is designed specifically for the 3D map displays and battle arenas, and the 2D character sprites are meshed with the 3D backgrounds.

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  • The translation of Xenogears marked the first time English translators would work directly with the Japanese staff for a SquareSoft game and was the first project for Richard Honeywood, who also translated Chrono Cross.

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  • Richard Honeywood recalled translating the game a particularly difficult task due to the script containing numerous science fiction concepts and philosophies. The translation project fell into Honeywood's hands after the previous translators quit or asked to be reassigned due to translation difficulties.

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  • Composer Yasunori Mitsuda claims the game's music belongs to the traditional music genre. He also cited Irish and Celtic music as a strong influence.

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  • The song Small Two of Pieces ~Screeching Shards~ was sung by Joanne Hogg and was the first ending theme with sung lyrics to be played in a SquareSoft game.

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  • The game's story and themes were primarily influenced by the works and philosophies of Friedrich Nietzsche, Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung.

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  • As this game was originally intended to be Final Fantasy VII, the team decided to implement both fantasy and science fiction elements into the game's world.

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  • Xenogears was at one point intended as a sequel for Chrono Trigger, but it was later decided to make the game an original title due to clashes within the company and undisclosed practical difficulties.

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  • The game took two years to make among a 30-person team. Planning and creation of the game's backstory predates development by several years.

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Famous Quote

  • Fei: My father? You mean my dad?

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  • Fei: Don't call me "son." Cuz you sure ain't my pops.

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  • Citan: This must be his dying message.
    Rico: Must've written it as he was dying.

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  • Grahf: I am Grahf, the seeker of power. Doth thou desire the power?

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  • Seraphita: Your "Gin n'tonic Futon Brain" cyborg implants sure make you smart!
    Tolone: That's "Positronic Photon Brain" you idiot! "Gin n'tonic Futon"...? You make me sound like I'm a sleepy drunk!

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  • Chu-Chu: Chu-Chu's not a good girl. I'm in that dangerous age right now.

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  • Citan: Music is a mysterious thing... Sometimes, it makes people remember things that they do not expect. Many thoughts, feelings, memories...things almost forgotten... Regardless of whether the listener desires to remember them or not...

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  • Thames Captain: I am! a man! of the sea!

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  • Big Joe: Hey, brother, you! You wanna listen to my super muchacho information?
    Fei: ...Super nacho information? What's so interesting about nachos?

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  • Citan: ...Is this the girl that brought about your shotgun wedding?
    Jessie: That's a damn rude thing to ask!

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  • Hammer: Master, sir, did you just see my MAD SKILLZ!?

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  • Sigurd: We running out of time!

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