Developer: Monolith Soft / Namco
Release Date: TBA 2003 US / December Japan
Tales of Symphonia
Release Date: TBA 2003 US / July Japan
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.
Virtua Fighter Quest
Release Date: TBA 2003
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.
Sonic Adventure Sequel
Developer: Sonic Team
Release Date: TBA 2003
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.
Release Date: November 18, 2003
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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