PS4/PS5, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC game features 2 protagonists with parallel stories, flight movement
Square Enix announced on Wednesday that it and tri-Ace are developing a new installment in the Star Ocean RPG series titled Star Ocean The Divine Force. The game will launch for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC via Steam next year.
The game will feature two protagonists, with one protagonist in a science-fiction story, and another in a fantasy story. Players will be able to fly in a fully navigable environment.
The companies tri-Ace and Enix released the first Star Ocean game for the Super Famicom in 1996. The last console game in the franchise, Star Ocean 5: Integrity and Faithlessness, shipped in Japan in March 2016 for the PlayStation 4 and for the PlayStation 3 in April 2016. Square Enix released the game in the U.S. for the PS4 only in June 2016.
The video game series inspired Mayumi Azuma‘s Star Ocean: The Second Story manga in 1998 and its 2001 television anime Star Ocean EX. Geneon released the anime in North America, and Discotek relicensed the anime and released it on Blu-ray Disc in May 2018. Aoi Mizuki‘s Star Ocean: Blue Sphere manga launched in 2002, and Akira Kanda debuted the Star Ocean: Till the End of Time manga in 2003.
Star Ocean First Departure R, an HD port with new features of its Star Ocean First Departure remake game, launched for the PS4 and Switch in December 2019.
The Star Ocean anamnesis smartphone game launched in Japan in 2016. It debuted in English in July 2018, and the English version ended service in November 2019. The Japanese version ended service earlier this year on June 24.