Square Enix has finally dropped the details on Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness, revealing that the great big buildup for the new project was the sequel to the long-running but somewhat under-the-radar franchise that dates way back to the golden days of RPGs on the SNES.
Siliconera gathered a lot of the details from Famitsu, where producer Suichi Kobayashi dropped some of the details on the game, saying…
“With the thought of putting my life into Star Ocean, I decided to change my position to producer (having previously been in charge of advertisement until now),” … “I want to color Star Ocean 5 with the essence of Star Ocean 3.”
It’s almost like they consider Star Ocean 4 on the PS3 and Xbox 360 some sort of abomination? Anyway, according to a brief synopsis from Game Informer, the new Star Ocean takes place on the planet Feycreed, which happens to be 6,000 light years away from Earth. Players will assume the role of Fidel Camus and deuterogonist Miki Sorvesta.
According to Kobayashi…
“This time around, we wanted to give the longtime fans of the series a sense of reassurance, so we had the title logo designed similarly to that of Star Ocean 3.”
Dang, it’s like they really, really hated Star Ocean 4, almost about as much as George Lucas stalkers hate the Star Wars prequels or about as much as Donald Trump hates switching out the toupee for some real plugs from the Hair Club For Men.
Anyway, a lot of the game’s core mechanics will be a throwback to the PS2 rendition of the game, with battle sequences mostly still being one-on-one and in real-time with active battle gauges. According to director Hiroshi Ogawa, he mentioned in the Famitsu interview that…
“The basics of the battles will be similar to those of past titles, where you’ll control a character and aim for a target for a one-on-one battle,”
“On the other hand, boss fights will be a little different from the regular battles, where all the party members will fight the boss in a different way.”
I have no idea what that really means about the teammates engaging in the boss battles but so long as it’s done righteously I don’t think most people will have a problem with it. I also just had a problem with the multiple teammates being available in the battles but you couldn’t let friends play as them. It was the ultimate multiplayer tease.
Anyway, Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness is due for release on the PS3 and PS4. Unfortunately the PS3 is the lead platform for development so don’t expect any eighth-gen magic this time around. The PS4 version is being developed alongside the PS3 version. Based on the Siliconera article, with the game only being 30% complete don’t expect a release until maybe fall 2016.