Xeno series

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The Xeno series is the unofficial term used for Monolith Soft's group of games that begin with the prefix Xeno-, which include Xenogears, the Xenosaga series, and the Xenoblade Chronicles series collectively. Although the Xeno series of games share various common elements, they are not necessarily related to each other. Whilst all the games are developed by Monolith Soft (except for Xenogears[1]), the three different Xeno titles are owned and published by three different companies, which are Square Enix, Bandai Namco Entertainment, and Nintendo respectively.

Series installments[edit]

Year Game Platform(s)
Main Xeno games:
1998 Xenogears PlayStation, PlayStation Network
2002 Xenosaga Episode I - Der Wille zur Macht PlayStation 2
2003 Xenosaga Episode I Reloaded PlayStation 2
2004 Xenosaga Freaks PlayStation 2
2004 Xenosaga Episode II - Jenseits von Gut und Böse PlayStation 2
2004 Xenosaga: Pied Piper Mobile
2006 Xenosaga I & II Nintendo DS
2006 Xenosaga Episode III - Also Sprach Zarathustra PlayStation 2
2010 Xenoblade Chronicles Wii, New Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Switch
2015 Xenoblade Chronicles X Wii U
2017 Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Nintendo Switch
2018 Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna ~ The Golden Country Nintendo Switch
2020 Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition/Future Connected Nintendo Switch
2022 Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Nintendo Switch
2023 Xenoblade Chronicles 3: Future Redeemed Nintendo Switch

Common themes[edit]

Despite being a metaseries that spans three different publishers (Square Enix, Bandai Namco and Nintendo), the Xeno series has multiple themes that are "typical" for a Xeno game.


Each game has its own kind of Mechs:

The Zohar/Conduit[edit]

Main article: Zohar

The Zohar is a powerful monolithic object that appeared in both Xenogears and the Xenosaga series.

In Xenoblade Chronicles 2, an object called the Conduit was introduced into the Xenoblade Chronicles-series that looks almost identical to the Zohar and has similar attributes. The only game in the Xenoblade Chronicles-series that is not directly or indirectly connected to the Conduit is Xenoblade Chronicles X. Despite this, the Lifehold pieces have a similar shape as the Conduit.

Multiple personalities inhabiting the same body[edit]

The Xeno series has a long history of characters with split personalities, and more broadly, multiple personalities or characters sharing the same body in some form.


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  1. Whilst Xenogears was technically developed under Squaresoft, the title's core developers would eventually found and become part of Monolith Soft after leaving the company.