GameCube was not a console on which RPGs flourished, but Namco bet on the console with Baten Kaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean in 2003 (2005 in Europe), a characteristic RPG for its card-based combat system. Critical reception was very good, but sales did not keep up. Even so, Nintendo itself produced and published a prequel, also on GameCube, Baten Kaitos Origins, in 2006, and that it did not come out in Europe.
Since then, the short saga has remained in oblivion. But Bandai Namco has registered two trademarks, for Baten Kaitos Origins and Baten Kaitos Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean in Europe. Could it be an indication that the games are coming back in some form, be it by port, remaster or remake?
The truth is that in these cases, trademark registrations are usually nothing more than a routine copyright renewal. However, it is interesting to note that Baten Kaitos Origins was never released in Europe… and therefore it was never registered with the Euipo (European intellectual property office). In fact, if you are looking for Baten Kaitos, you will find three records: the two new ones, dated May 7, 2021, and the original one for the 2002 Baten Kaitos.
Why would Namco register Baten Kaitos Origins in Europe now? if Baten Kaitos Origins was never registered in Europe first?
There is another factor that plays very much in favor of the idea of a relaunch of these two games on Nintendo Switch, and that is that the developers of the two Baten Kaitos are … Monolith Soft. Back then, the studio was part of Namco, but today, they are part of Nintendo, and they are very important for the company: they not only developed Xenoblade ChroniclesThey have also collaborated on games in the Zelda saga, Splatoon and Animal Crossing. In a few years they have doubled in size, and today they are a very important muscle within Nintendo.
If Bandai Namco decided to produce remakes or remasters of Baten Kaitos, it helps a lot that the original studio is in such great shape. But it would depend, of course, on Nintendo. While Namco owns the IP of Baten Kaitos, Baten Kaitos Origins was published by Nintendo, so, in the style of what happens with Bayonetta 2, it could not be released on other platforms outside of Nintendo. Unless Nintendo let it go, of course (as happened with The Wonderful 101 …).
In any case, let’s not take revenge on top: these registrations may indeed be routine, and Baten Kaitos does not come out of Nintendo’s purple cube. Did you play them at the time? Would you like them to come back?
Fountain: Resetera (thanks, Taka)