Square Enix had teased a new game announcement the past few days, not unlike the build up to the announcement of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. Just like that announcement, the reveal was leaked early by a magazine, this time the culprit being Famitsu. The logo doesn’t include the “5” in the title but is being marketed with it, so the title “Star Ocean 5: Integrity and Faithlessness” appears to be accurate.
The game is being developed by tri-Ace, the original developer of the series, in collaboration with Square Enix. The main staff will include Hiroshi Ogawa (Valkyrie Profile, Star Ocean: Till The End of Time, Infinite Undiscovery) as Game Director, series veteran Motoi Sakuraba as score composer, Akira “Akiman” Yasuda (animes Code Geass, Turn A Gundam) on character design, and Shuichi Kobayashi (Valkyrie Profile, Infinite Undiscovery) as producer.
One feature in the game touted is seamless integration between exploration and battle, as well as combat that will combine action and tactical elements. Screenshots of the game show a few new playable characters, the environments, and a look at the combat, including NPCs reacting to the fight going on around them. A brief blurb of the plot has been provided:
Do the depths of space forbid peace for mankind—
Centuries after leaving Earth, after a multitude of trials, with the creation and spread of the ‘Galactic Federation’, humanity was on the verge of unified order and peace.
But the embers of conflict have begun to burn again.
Over 6,000 light years from Earth, on the unsettled planet, ‘Faicreed.’
Just as so many times before, the waves of history begin from a remote planet.
Star Ocean 5: Integrity and Faithlessness will be available on the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4. No release date has been given and it is uncertain if the game will get a western release. Check out the reveal trailer below as well as a few of the screenshots released.
I’m always happy to see more JRPGs being released nowadays, as the genre hasn’t had too much success here in the west the past decade. That seems to be changing with the success of Bravely Default and Ni No Kuni and we’re starting to see more titles being announced in the same vein.