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Xenosaga Episode II: Jenseits von Gut und Böse (Episode II) is a role-playing game for the PlayStation 2 and the second title in the Xenosaga series. Jenseits von Gut und Böse (ゼノサーガ エピソードII 善悪の彼岸), literally "Beyond Good and Evil", is taken from a philosophical work by Friedrich Nietzsche of the same name.
In June 2004, Namco released the long-awaited Xenosaga Episode II: Jenseits von Gut und Böse. Continuing where the story left off in Xenosaga Episode I, players assume the role of the heroine Shion Uzuki. The character designs deviated from the anime style that was featured in Episode I. Some characters, such as KOS-MOS and Shion, received complete costume changes.
Although Xenosaga Episode II answered many questions that Episode I introduced, including the U.R.T.V.s and the Miltian Conflict, there are still plot elements that have not been answered. Some examples include the true identities of chaos and Nephilim, in addition to the significance of Abel's Ark and U-DO.
Xenosaga Episode II's battle system was modified from the one featured in Episode I. Episode II features the "boost" command, but it also introduces the "stock" system. A.G.W.S. units have been replaced in Episode II by different robots known as E.S., which are equipped with Anima Relics that are similar to the ones featured in Xenogears. Battles in E.S. units are now completely independent from character battles, like most of Xenogears, and players may also use E.S. to explore dungeons as well.
Xenosaga Episode II features cutscene music composed by Yuki Kajiura of .hack//SIGN fame, a newcomer to the Xenosaga project.