Star Ocean The Divine Force Full Key Art Took 3 Months to Create

Regarding the recently released tri-Ace-developed and Square Enix-published action JRPG, Star Ocean The Divine Force, character designer akiman shared a neat bit of trivia via his Twitter account.

He revealed that his work on the game’s full key art with all party members took around three months, which, at least for someone like me who’s ignorant of the art world, seems difficult for a single piece. Although, it makes sense with the number of unique character designs. Still, it turned out gorgeously, so I’d say the work was immensely worthwhile.

Further, akiman stated that he wanted to avoid using an artistic technique called “hatching,” which is the following, sourced from Wikipedia’s article on the subject:

“…used to create tonal or shading effects by drawing (or painting or scribing) closely spaced parallel lines. (It is also used in monochromatic representations of heraldry to indicate what the tincture of a “full-colour” emblazon would be.

Due to the avoidance of that technique and his challenge of creating fantasy designs with an emphasis on the human body’s center of gravity, it’s no surprise akiman feels relieved that he managed to complete this goliath of a task.

Thanks to our team’s Ryuji for translating this information.

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In case you’ve missed it, we recently spoke to the Star Ocean Development Team, who revealed that fans’ voices might be what’s needed for Star Ocean: Second Evolution’s PlayStation 4 port to come West.

Check out our beginner’s guide to the Star Ocean franchise, in which we list every mainline title, discuss their premises, gameplay, chronological placements, and more.

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 JRPG 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, the 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.


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