Star Ocean: First Departure

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Today Square Enix has released Star Ocean: First Departure R for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch.

Star Ocean: First Departure R is a HD remaster of Star Ocean: First Departure released on the PlayStation Portable in 2008. The original version was released in 1996 on the Super Famicom, but never was released outside of Japan.

The HD remaster version contains the following features:

  • Full Voiceover – Players can choose between the original full voice cast from the PlayStation Portable version of the game in either Japanese or English, or the newly recorded version, featuring the Japanese voice cast from the original Super Famicom version, which was released in Japan only.
  • New Character Illustrations – Players can opt for the original character illustrations from Star Ocean First Departure, or brand-new versions drawn by the famous illustrator Katsumi Enami (Star Ocean The Last Hope)
  • Speed Mode – Players can traverse the world more swiftly.
  • Adjusted Game Balance – Adjusted battle difficulty enables players to experience more challenges in combat.

Square Enix has also released the launch trailer which you can watch below.

Square Enix

Square Enix has announced on Twitter that Star Ocean: First Departure R, the first entry in the Star Ocean series, will be released on PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch.

Star Ocean is an action RPG developed by tri-Ace and released in 1996 for the Super Nintendo only in Japan. In 2007 and 2008 Star Ocean: First Departure, an enhanced remake of the original version with additional features, was released on PlayStation Portable.

A release date and price has not been announced.

Star Ocean: First Departure R announcement

Square Enix

Sad news a couple of days ago. It appears that tri-Ace, developer of the Star Ocean and Valkyrie Profile series, has been acquired by mobile developer Nepro Japan. This means that tr-Ace will no longer will be developer of JRPG's and is forced to develop mobile games.

Star Ocean: The Last Hope

tri-Ace is formed in 1995 and developed games like Star Ocean, Valkyrie Profile, Radiata Stories and Resonance of Fate. They've been pretty active lately helping Square Enix with Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII and Final Fantasy XIII-2 and developing Phantasy Star Nova that will be released by Sega.

Square Enix has announced that they will release Star Ocean: First Departure for the PlayStation Portable in Europe this October.

Star Ocean: First Departure is the enhanced remake of Star Ocean, which was originally released in 1996 on the Super Nintendo only in Japan. It's the first time the game is released in other territories. New features in this remake is the revised game engine, an improved battle system and new voice animated cut-scenes.

Square Enix

Square Enix has opened their official website of the Nintendo DS remake of Final Fantasy IV.
They've also opened an official Star Ocean portal called Eternal Sphere that will cover the two remakes Star Ocean: First Departure and Star Ocean: Second Evolution and the new game Star Ocean 4. When you click on one of the games you'll see TGS2007, which most likely means that more information about the games will be announced on the Tokyo Game Show.

» Official Japanese Final Fantasy IV DS website
» Eternal Sphere

Star Ocean 4

During a press conference in Japan Square Enix has announced that they are working on Star Ocean 4, which is the work title. The game will be developed by tri-Ace, which also did the previous Star Ocean games. On which platform the game will be developed for has not been said, but we will surely find out soon.

More Star Ocean news: The first two Star Ocean games will be remade for PlayStation Portable. They will be named Star Ocean First Departure and Star Ocean Second Evolution. The remakes will contain new character designs, new playable heroes, voices and movies.

» Press Conference pictures: Star Ocean First Departure, Star Ocean Second Evolution, Star Ocean 4

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