Announced today at the Playstation State of play stream, publisher Square Enix announced the new entry in the series which has not seen a release since 2016’s Star Ocean: Anamnesis (there was a port to western territories in 2018 but it was shut down in 2019)
Sal Romano at Gematsu.com had a good summary from Square Enix:
Developed by tri-Ace Inc., Star Ocean: The Divine Force will transport players to an expansive sci-fi fantasy world and take them on an exhilarating journey with fast-paced action combat, rich exploration and an original story. With Star Ocean celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, Star Ocean: The Divine Force builds on that rich history with new features that are sure to delight for many years to come.
The debut trailer showcases various new and returning elements to the Star Ocean franchise that players can look forward to:
– Super-high-speed action battles.
– No random encounters – players will seamlessly enter battles with enemies that populate the world.
– Players can float in the air, dive at enemies and fly around areas.
– Richer exploration – climb towering mountains, venture into dark, vast valleys and investigate the castles and towns present in the world.
Showcasing a diverse cast of playable characters, Star Ocean: The Divine Force will tell a gripping story that seamlessly melds science fiction and fantasy elements and can be enjoyed by newcomers to the series and veterans alike. The game features dual protagonists, which offer different story perspectives and gameplay experiences: Raymond, the captain of the space trading ship, Ydas, and Laeticia, the princess-knight of a kingdom on an underdeveloped planet. Fate will bring Raymond, Laeticia, and several other ally characters together, all designed by renowned artist Akiman (Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness, Street Fighter series).
The Star Ocean series has a deep history in video games, celebrating the 25th anniversary of the series. In that time there have been 5 mainline games, 1 spinoff title, and a mobile game. The sixth mainline entry will introduce fans to a new world, a dual protagonist system, and many new unique characters in a great story.
While there is not a tight release date yet we can deduce that it probably will launch after Q1 2022 which is already seeing a stacked amount of games in that window due to COVID delays wreaking havoc on holiday 2021 timelines.
watch the English trailer below:
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