Baten Kaitos
Developer: Monolith Soft / Namco
Publisher: Namco
Release Date: TBA 2003 US / December Japan
Exclusive: Yes

Baten Kaitos is a traditional RPG developed by Monolith Soft. The game takes players to an original planet in which entire countries float atop clouds and humans have magical wings. Gamers assume the role of an orphan named Karasu, who has only one wing, as he embarks upon an epic quest to find his lost family. Along the way, the character will meet friends and foes, do battle with a massive military, and advance. The title, which features traditional turn-based battles, pre-rendered 2D graphics and 3D characters, will sift players through large, cloud-themed worlds and will also boast some Middle Eastern art inspirations.


Tales of Symphonia
Developer: Namco
Publisher: Namco
Release Date: TBA 2003 US / July Japan
Exclusive: Yes

Formerly called Tales of Phantasia, Namco's Tales of Symphonia for GameCube is beautiful, cel-shaded RPG designed exclusively for Nintendo's next-generation console. The title, which features real-time battles and the ability for players to assign fighting styles to party members, also sports an expansive, fully 3D world and a main character that looks right out of the Dark Cloud series.

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Tales of Symphonia
While very little is known about the game's storyline at this point, RPG fanatics can look forward to something truly epic.

To see a video of the game in motion, click here. Or, if you'd prefer screenshots, click here.


Virtua Fighter Quest
Developer: AM2
Publisher: Sega
Release Date: TBA 2003
Exclusive: Yes

Sega's Virtua Fighter series is, like Soul Calibur, in the top-tier of fighting games. This because of the game's brilliant cast of robust characters and the tight control mechanics. With developer AM2's Virtua Fighter Quest for GameCube, though, the series is branching out into an all-new genre: that of the adventure-RPG. Very little is known about this anticipated project, but according to team leader Yu Suzuki, the game will definitely arrive in 2003 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the series. More importantly, though, it will feature a storyline and appearances from every single character in the VF franchise. Expect this one to be blown out at E3 2003.

Click here for extremely blurry screenshots.


Sonic Adventure Sequel
Developer: Sonic Team
Publisher: Sega
Release Date: TBA 2003
Exclusive: Yes

The true next chapter in the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise is likely to hit GameCube later this year. Sega sources have previously confirmed that such a title is in development, but no details have surfaced. It's possible that Sonic's true next-generation debut will take place at E3 2003.


StarCraft: Ghost
Developer: Nihilistic
Publisher: Blizzard
Release Date: November 18, 2003
Exclusive: No

Developer Nihilistic's StarCraft: Ghost branches the series out from being pure real-time strategy into the console realm as "tactical action game." The new approach, which now takes place in full third-person 3D and stars a super-sexy heroine as a 'ghost operative,' still involves futuristic alien battle, but does so with a new emphasis on stealth and in-level combat.

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X-Ray vision in StarCraft Ghost
Complete with beautifully detailed graphics and atmospheric sound and all packaged together with a thrilling storyline, this is going to be one of the bigger console releases of the year. The GameCube version will be identical to the Xbox one, according to previous reports.