Following the announcement of Star Ocean The Divine Force during Sony’s State of Play, PlayStation Blog released a new article discussing several aspects of the title. Boasting several playable characters, 2 protagonists, and a narrative that alters based on choices, this Star Ocean aims to feature the “fastest and mightiest action in the series.”
A design choice called the “Double Hero” system will have 1 protagonist from the advanced sci-fi civilization and another from the underdeveloped fantasy civilization. Events and acquired party members will differ based on the choices made.
Many character profiles were provided. You can read these extensive summations from PlayStation Blog below:
- Raymond (Wields Greatswords) – A young man from the nonfederated planet of Verguld. He is the captain of the merchant vessel Ydas under Lawrence Logistics, a company run by his family. His confidence often sees him rushing recklessly into situations when it comes to his friends and work, much to the distress of the Ydas crew. Raymond has a big heart, affable nature, and a good nose for business. His lack of affiliation with the Pangalactic Federation means he is not bound by the Underdeveloped Planet Preservation Pact. This sincere openness to meet others where they’re at regardless of technological advancement wins Laeticia over, but leaves Albaird wary.
- Laeticia (Wields Dual Blades) – Princess of the Kingdom of Aucerius: a large territory located on the underdeveloped planet of Aster IV. Her radiant and resolute personality is admired throughout the kingdom, but her prim demeanor betrays her penchant for wearing armor and remarkable skill with the dual blades. In order to remedy the encroaching threat of a neighboring country, Laeticia sets off on a secret journey to locate a certain individual. She meets Raymond along the way, recently stranded on Aster IV. The two agree to help one another and begin traveling together.
- Elena (Hybrid Weapons) – A crew member of the merchant vessel Ydas and Raymond’s first mate. She manages the operation of just about the entirety of the ship, and her vast knowledge and cool demeanor have earned her the complete trust of Raymond and the crew. Elena is constantly surprised by Raymond’s proclivity for recklessness, but all the same she holds a high opinion of his leadership qualities.
- Albaird (Wields Chakrams) – A childhood friend of Laeticia’s, he now serves her as a knight of the Kingdom of Aucerius. He excels at semiomancy and the wielding of chakram. His strong sense of loyalty to Laeticia means he is never far from her side. Albaird’s left arm is covered down to his fingertips, and he occasionally gestures as if to protect it. He does not trust Raymond upon meeting him while escorting Laeticia on her secret journey. Loathe to go against her wishes, however, he reluctantly allows Raymond to join them.
Gameplay-wise, characters can fly, making navigation ambitious and far more free than ever before. Further, the battle system has evolved with “on-shot kills” and other swift mechanics.
Brief details of the narrative are also provided, such as the history of the Pangalactic Federation and events regarding the protagonist, Raymond. He and his crewmate Chloe crash on the unfamiliar, underdeveloped planet of Aster IV. During their time on this planet, Raymond ends up separated from Chloe and saves Laeticia, the crown princess of the Kingdom of Aucerius.
Laeticia asks for Raymond’s help in saving her land from the Vey’l Empire, to which he accepts.
The battle tracks change depending on the controllable protagonist. More information is coming in Spring 2022. The title also received its official Japan website where battle theme examples between Raymond’s and Laeticia’s perspectives are given by composer Motoi Sakuraba.
Tri-Ace CEO, Yoshiharu Gotanda shared a statement regarding the title’s announcement via the official Star Ocean Twitter account:
"I appreciate we’ve kept you waiting for a long time and I'm delighted we've announced #StarOcean The Divine Force!
We’re in the middle of development and working to make it a game you’ll all enjoy playing. Thank you for all the support!" – tri-Ace CEO, Yoshiharu Gotanda pic.twitter.com/tZCAXmBs3s
— STAR OCEAN (@StarOcean) October 27, 2021
Several character renders and screenshots were granted. You can view these below:
You can view various concept art below:
Lastly, the official Star Ocean Twitter account has shared the franchise’s 25-year anniversary logo:
We're delighted to have announced #StarOcean The Divine Force earlier today, and now we'd like to share the brand-new 25th anniversary logo!
Starting with the original Star Ocean in 1996, here's to 25 years (and counting) of Star Ocean, only possible thanks to you – our fans 💙 pic.twitter.com/SwtSZvkOAQ
— STAR OCEAN (@StarOcean) October 27, 2021
You can view the official trailer for Star Ocean The Divine Force from Square Enix’s Youtube channel below:
Star Ocean The Divine Force is releasing for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC via Steam in 2022.
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