Ok... i beat the game. I was at around 43 hours.
One could probably spend 80 hours playing it, but the game at its core is very short... as far as how many events take place and how many places you go, not much happens. Buuut, i feel a lot better about its brevity after seeing the end.
So now i believe the creators arent just trying to decieve us all when they say Xenosaga is not in the same series as Xenogears. Episode 2 will follow directly
after Episode 1... im pretty damn sure of that.
Im a little worried about the time line of the series though. At the end of the game, we see Abel (im assuming its Abel at least) who must be on Second Miltia, because hes looking up as the Elsa enters the planets atmosphere. We also see Shions Uzuki
s brother, who looks a whole lot like Citan...
Anyway, my guess is that the Xenosaga series will end with the Eldridge destruction... If we have already seen Abel as a youngin in episode 1, that means not that
much time can pass between now and the Eldridge incident. Which also means Dues should probably already be around...
One possibility... if you have finished Xenosaga, remember that planet that was destroyed, or dissapeared? I cant think of its name... starts with an A. Eitherway, the planets dissapearance could have been the result of the Yabeh Weapons System testing... Heres some info:
Yabeh Weapons System
It is said to have been created by the humans during the Cosmos War. The Yabeh system's main component was called Deus and its power source was the Zohar Modifier. During the initial test of the system Deus went out of control and connected to a higher dimension to attain more power. The resulting connection pulled the Wave Existence from the higher dimension and trapped it inside the Zohar Modifier. The power it got for the Wave Existence was too much and Deus went out of control and destroyed a colony planet before it shut down. The war ship Eldridge was sent to the planet to colled the system and recover any surviors that were left.
Abel was one of the survivors... I think this event happens right before Xenogears intro though, where the Eldridge is taking Dues to a new location... So its a bit unstable as it is.
Guess we will just have to wait and see.