Square Enix drop a series of new trailers for Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness - due in the West this Summer
The western release of Square Enix's next JRPG, Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness (or Star Ocean 5, if you're not a fan of words that contain more that three syllables), is set for Summer later this year, and only on Sony consoles so far. The game, which is due out in Japan at the end of this month - on the PS4 at least, the PS3 version will arrive at the end of April, was discussed at last year's E3, but since they were focussed on debuting the gameplay, the American and European audiences were given only 'next year' as any indication that it would hit their shores.
So, maybe four more months until you can get your hands on another installment of tri-Ace's Star Ocean saga. I'm not exactly familiar with the franchise, having never played any of the earlier titles, though I do recall nearly picking up what would have been the second game, Star Ocean: The Second Story, on the original PlayStation back in the late nineties. Integrity and Faithlessness takes place after this second story, but before the third game in the series, Star Ocean: Till the End of Time.
From the story trailer just unveiled, as far as I can fathom, it's something of a cross between your traditional JRPG and Star Trek. Massive spaceships setting off to explore other worlds. Beyond that, there's little sense to be made, but it all looks pretty enough and if you like your role-playing with a Japanese flavour, you could probably do a lot worse. Thankfully it will feature both language options so if you find those English voices start to grate, you can always switch to the always infintely more authentic sounding Japanese voiceovers.
Central protagonist, Fidel Camuze, along with his childhood friend, Miki Sauvester, also got individual spotlight trailers, showing off some of their abilities in battle (Fidel wields a sword, Miki is more adept at spellcasting), along with snippets of conversation that hint at their motivations throughout their travels.
The pair run into mysterious young girl called Relia, a meeting which, in typical JRPG fashion, draws them deeper into a fight that may well decide the fate of their home world, the planet of Faykreed. They are sure to meet up with at least four other companions, including a huge-hatted witch and a chap with a natty blue beard. A couple of the gang, presumably, will have ties to the Pangalactic Federation - the folk with all the spaceships - and they will join them on their mission to bring peace and order to the galaxy. The titular ocean of stars awaits.
Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness will hit both PS3 and PS4 some time this Summer, and adds yet another string to the Square Enix 2016 bow, which already boasts Final Fantasty XV, Dragon Quest XI, Nier: Automata, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided and more Kingdom Hearts. That's a line-up you won't be able to ignore. It's sure to be a successful year for the developer/publisher.
Have you been eagerly anticipating a western release date for the newest Star Ocean since it was first teased back in April of last year? How do you think it's shaping up so far? Do you think it might be overshadowed by some of the other massive games due out this year from the Square Enix stable? Let us know in the comments section below.
Source: Square Enix
Eoin has been gaming for twenty-five years, worries he might be getting a little too old for it all, but hopes that he isn't. In the midst of an effort to find a future doing something he loves, he has taken to writing about his one enduring passion - video games.
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