Xenosaga Episode I

Xenosaga Episode I - Der Wille zur Macht

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Xenosaga Episode I - Der Wille zur Macht
Xenosaga 1 NTSC-U.jpg
North American box art
Developer Monolith Soft
Publisher Namco
Platform Sony PlayStation 2
Release date Japan 2002-02-28
Taiwan 2002-02-28[1]
North America 2003-02-25
Units sold 1,000,000 (as of June 2003)[2]

Xenosaga Episode I - Der Wille zur Macht (ゼノサーガエピソードI  (ちから)への意志 (いし)) is a role-playing video game developed by Monolith Soft and published by Namco. It was released in 2002 in Japan and in 2003 in North America for the Sony PlayStation 2.

Playable characters[edit]

Main playable characters[edit]

XS1 party member icon Shion.png XS1 party member icon KOS-MOS.png XS1 party member icon chaos.png XS1 party member icon Ziggy.png XS1 party member icon MOMO.png XS1 party member icon Jr..png
Shion KOS-MOS chaos Ziggy MOMO Jr.

Playable A.G.W.S.[edit]

XS1 party member icon VX-10000.png XS1 party member icon AG-02.png XS1 party member icon VX-7000.png XS1 party member icon VX-4000.png XS1 party member icon AG-04.png XS1 party member icon AG-05.png
VX-10000 AG-02 VX-7000 VX-4000 AG-04 AG-05

Guest characters[edit]

XS1 party member icon Virgil.png XS1 party member icon Mary.png XS1 party member icon Soldier.png
Virgil Mary Soldier


Main article: Plot summary of Xenosaga Episode I

In the year 20XX A.D., a team of researchers lead by Dr. Masuda uncovers the Zohar at Lake Turkana, Kenya.

In the distant future of 4767 T.C. (over 4000 years later), Shion Uzuki, Chief Engineer of the team responsible for developing the battle android KOS-MOS (KOS-MOS Obey Strategic Multiple Operation System) at Vector Industries, commences another startup test in the Encephalon.

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See also:Xenosaga#Gameplay


The gameplay is turn-based. Similar to Xenogears, standard attacks are executed in combinations of up to three button presses.


The gameplay of Episode I is one of the more linear games in the series. There are very few side quests and NPCs to talk to. Some of the things to do outside the main story include finding Segment Addresses hidden all over the world and helping the Professor and his assistant Scott to complete Erde Kaiser.


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Xeno Card[edit]

Main article: Xeno Card

Xeno Card is a virtual trading card game with characters and events from Episode I.


Main article: Casino

Poker is playable at the casino. Gold must be exchanged for coins that can in return be exchanged for special prizes, such as character artwork.

Other releases[edit]

Main article: Xenosaga Episode I Reloaded

The game received a Japan-exclusive rerelease called Xenosaga I Reloaded with some extra features.


The subtitle, Der Wille zur Macht, is German and can be translated into The Will to Power. Like the other games, it was named after the work of Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche.

Regional differences[edit]

  • The scene where Albedo menaces MOMO with a knife and decapitating himself with it is altered, removing the knife and leaving Albedo to rip off his head with his bare hands. However the sound effects that accompany these are not removed.
    • It is cited by many that they preferred the altered version of the scene over the original.
  • Albedo putting his hand inside MOMO's body is changed to lifting his hand over her head.

In other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
United Kingdom flag.svg English Xenosaga Episode I - Der Wille zur Macht
Japan flag.svg Japanese ゼノサーガエピソードI  (ちから)への意志 (いし)
Taiwan flag.svg Chinese (traditional) 異域傳奇


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  1. Xenosaga Epsode I on the Taiwanese PlayStation website (archived)
  2. モノリスの新作3タイトル発表!『ゼノサーガエピソードII』では『I』の謎が明らかに! - Dengeki Online 「これによると、まず『ゼノサーガ エピソード I』は、北米でも好調でワールドワイドでミリオンを達成したとのこと。」