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Baten Kaitos I & II HD Producer Addresses Lack of English Dub

One of the beautiful floating islands of Baten Kaitos I & II HD Remaster.

Long before Monolith Soft created Xenoblade Chronicles (but after they created Xenosaga Episode I), Baten Kaitos was born on the Nintendo GameCube. A new generation of fans will experience Baten Kaitos I & II HD Remaster on the Nintendo Switch soon, and producer Koji Nakajima revealed all of his cards in a recent interview! Among the questions asked by Nintendo Everything, we were able to learn why the English dub isn’t making a return for either HD remaster.

When asked why the English dub for Baten Kaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean and Baten Kaitos Origins was cut, Nakajima had this to say:

In developing the remastered version, we tried to make adjustments on some of the expressions to match the current era. That’s why we made the difficult decision not to use English VOs for this remastered version, due to the discrepancies that will happen.

The answer is a bit vague. On one hand, the original game’s dub is infamous for multiple reasons, but the Origins dub did increase in quality.

The interview included a few more tidbits of interest. While Monolith Soft did not develop the remaster, the Bandai Namco team behind the Katamari Damacy and Klonoa remasters did consult with the original developer when developing Baten Kaitos I & II HD Remaster. And, while a new entry in the series is not on the horizon, director Yasuyuki Honne has expressed interest before in returning to the series. Here’s hoping the remaster is successful!

Check out Nintendo Everything’s full interview with Koji Nakajima for all of the details.

Baten Kaitos I & II HD Remaster launches for the Nintendo Switch worldwide on September 14th. Stay tuned to RPGFan as the classic duology makes a comeback!

Source: Nintendo Everything

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Tyler Trosper

Tyler Trosper

Tyler Trosper is a news writer for RPGFan. He has an unhealthy obsession with the Xeno franchise, especially Xenosaga. He runs a podcast about the series in his free time and sometimes works on fan projects. Tyler would die happy if Xenosaga Episode IV was announced. Besides Xeno, Tyler enjoys watching anime, his favorite being Neon Genesis Evangelion.

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