Namco has at last revealed the name and plot details of its upcoming original GameCube title, which is being developed by Monolith Soft. The game is entitled Baten Kaitos, and its name refers to an actual star with the scientific name of Zeta Ceti. The story takes place on a planet where the resident beings have wings, except for Kalas, the main character. He has only one wing, and he is embarking on a journey to find his family. Graphically, the game will have two-dimensional pre-rendered backgrounds with three-dimensional models.
In related news, Namco has changed the title of its upcoming GameCube installment of the Tales series from Tales of Phantasia to Tales of Symphonia. This title will feature real-time battles and cel-shaded graphics.
Tales of Symphonia will be out in Japan this July, and Baten Kaitos will be released in December.