Wanting to create his own project, unable to get suitable funding from Square, and disagreeing with Square's focus on its major franchises such as Final Fantasy, Takahashi left Square and founded Monolith Soft with a number of staff from Xenogears.
Creating the proposal for Xenosaga during 1999 as a six-part series, development began on the first game in 2000 under the codename "Project X", taking two years to develop with a staff of between 60 and 100 people, with around 20 of them being veterans of Xenogears.
Pied Piper follows the character Jan Sauer—later known as the cyborg Ziggurat 8—as he investigates the crimes of a cyberspace-based serial killer dubbed Voyager a century before the events of Episode I.
Voyager, revealed to be a member of Jan's team driven over the edge by U-DO's influence, is turned by Wilhelm into a Testament, then kills everyone close to Jan including his family before giving him a choice between being killed and becoming a Testament.
The team were helped by Namco, who provided funding and acted as the publisher.
Xenosaga spans five different games sharing a single continuity; the three mainline games for the Play Station 2, a spin-off and prequel for mobile devices, and a remake of the first two entries in the trilogy for the Nintendo DS. Existing alongside humans are Realians, synthetic humans who hold equal status with natural humans.
is a role-playing video game series developed by Monolith Soft and primarily published by Namco.
Forming part of the wider Xeno metaseries, Xenosaga is set in a science fiction universe and follows a group of characters as they face both a hostile alien race called the Gnosis and human factions fighting for control of the Zohar, an artifact connected to a god-like energy called U-DO.
Under the new staff, the original script saw several changes and its planned six-part structure cut down by half.
The series made considerable use of Biblical mythology and elements of the works of Carl Jung and Friedrich Nietzsche, with the subtitles of the main trilogy drawing from the works of Nietzsche.
While presumed destroyed, Miltia was lost in a space-time anomaly when an experiment involving U. Following the apparent destruction of Miltia, new settlements and a new government are established on a neighboring planet named Second Miltia. V.s; Vector Industries, a megacorporation controlling the U. N.; a splinter faction called the U-TIC Organization; religious cult Ormus, which funds U-TIC; and the Testaments, a group of men who have been granted a form of immortality following their original deaths. Ormus' leader Sergius gains control of a powerful mech called Proto Omega, destroying Miltia in the process.