In a recent email interview with the Star Ocean development team, we asked the staff about the possibility of Star Ocean: Second Evolution’s PlayStation 4 port coming West.
For those unaware, while the West received the enhanced re-release of the first game in the franchise, Star Ocean First Departure R, for modern platforms, the same can not be said for Star Ocean Second Evolution.
This revamped release of the second game in the series initially launched for the PSP and even received an official English localization. However, it has not greeted Western shores on modern platforms despite being available for PlayStation 4 in Japan.
The Star Ocean Development Team told us that Star Ocean: Second Evolution’s potential Western resurgence depends on fans being vocal. Our exchange regarding this specific matter is quoted below:
Orpheus Joshua: This is a long shot, but we’d be in trouble if we didn’t ask. What is the chance Star Ocean 2’s PS4 port will come west?
Star Ocean Development Team: We would absolutely appreciate it if fans were vocal with their wishes. The more vocal they are, the more likely it would reach the executives…
Hopefully, Square Enix listens to Western fans, and this entry finally makes its way to modern platforms. This would significantly benefit PlayStation 4 owners since every other mainline game is available on the platform.
Star Ocean The Divine Force is now available for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC via Steam.
Star Ocean The Divine Force is the newest RPG from developer Tri-Ace. The game features a sci-fi setting as the sixth entry in the franchise with an action-focused battle system. This narrative tells an original story led by protagonist Raymond, the captain of a space trading ship, along with Ydas, and Laeticia, the princess-knight of an underdeveloped planet. After how lukewarm Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness was, it’s relieving to see this series be given another new chance.
Throughout Star Ocean The Divine Force, players choose between protagonists Raymond and Laeticia, witnessing the story from multiple unique insights. Raymond’s perceptions offer more sci-fi know-how, while Laeticia’s perspective focuses more on fantasy elements. Combat is real-time. Further, the addition of Stop Mode allows players to literally pause the action, letting them form new stratagems on the fly.
- If you missed it, check out our review of Star Ocean The Divine Force.
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