It has been revealed that on June 9 of this year, Bandai Namco requested a trademark for Baten Kaitos Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean in Japan. This trademark was then officially verified on June 22.
Baten Kaitos Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean was a JRPG on the Gamecube developed by Monolith Soft and tri-Crescendo and released in Japan on December 5, 2003, with global releases occurring for the following 2 years. It was specifically made to combat the console’s minuscule JRPG lineup and, despite its positive critical reception and dedicated following, did not perform well sales-wise. Even with the lackluster sales, though, a prequel game, Baten Kaitos Origins, was released, which performed about on par as the series’ prior outing.
This renewed trademark does not guarantee a franchise revival via a remaster or a remake. Still, it is worth keeping in mind that both Baten Kaitos Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean and Baten Kaitos Origins were trademarked in Europe back in May of this year. What makes this particular trademarking notable is that Baten Kaitos Origins never released in Europe, so this action definitely warrants some raised eyebrows. An HD remaster of both titles certainly seems feasible, but it is best never to expect anything definitive before an official announcement is made by Bandai Namco themselves.
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