A new rumor surrounding Baten Kaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean has surfaced, claiming the title is being remade exclusively for the Nintendo Switch. The rumor states that the remake is being developed in collaboration, with MonolithSoft and Bandai Namco handling development. The report from exputer states that they have viewed “graphical evidence of the title under development”, but they aren’t able to share said evidence with the public.
While this might seem far-fetched, this does seem somewhat plausible considering the history between Bandai Namco and MonolithSoft. Baten Kaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean was originally developed by MonolithSoft and tri-Crescendo. It was published by Bandai Namco. A prequel was released afterward, titled Baten Kaitos Origins, despite the original release never selling as planned.
In 2021, it was revealed that Bandai Namco trademarked the game, which was assumed to be just a regulatory update. Could this have been in anticipation of this rumored remake? We’ll have to see. Something worth noting is that Bandai Namco has continued to hire for a 3D Action Game with Nintendo, specifically wanting experience in “HD Remastering” of backgrounds. A Baten Kaitos remake was not something we expected, but it does make sense when aligning the pieces of evidence we have.
For those unfamiliar with MonolithSoft’s past, the company was once owned by Bandai Namco before being purchased by Nintendo years down the road. During their time at Bandai, they also developed the Xenosaga trilogy, which is still left on the PlayStation 2. If this Baten Kaitos rumor ends up being real, hopefully, it sells well so we could see the fantastic Xenosaga trilogy ported to the Nintendo Switch family of systems.