Star Ocean The Second Story R Was Developed Thanks to Fan Requests & to Celebrate the Game’s 25th Anniversary

Famitsu recently interviewed the Star Ocean team regarding the newly announced Star Ocean The Second Story R. One of the early exchanges revealed that this remake was made to celebrate the original game’s 25th anniversary. Additionally, numerous requests for this project contributed toward its actualization.

You can view the full question and answer below, translated via our team’s Ryuji:

Interviewer: First of all, please tell us how you came to launch this project.

Star Ocean Team: With the release last year of Star Ocean 6 THE DIVINE FORCE, a new numbered title of the Star Ocean series, we believe that the series is currently attracting a lot of attention from fans. In addition, Star Ocean: The Second Story is one of the most popular games in the series, and we have received many requests for a remake.

Therefore, in the 25th anniversary year of Star Ocean The Second Story, we decided to release Star Ocean The Second Story R as a remake, completely revamping the game system and graphics so that both old and new fans can play the game with a fresh perspective.


Star Ocean: The Second Story R will feature fully voiced event scenes with the original voice cast, a newly arranged soundtrack by original composer Motoi Sakuraba with new songs, including some with a live band, as well as the new Break and Assault Action combat mechanics.

Players can anticipate two selectable protagonists, Claude and Rena, akin to the recently released Star Ocean The Divine Force. The Earth, Galaxy, and Universe difficulties will also be implemented. Further, the developer is Gemdrops, known for porting Star Ocean: The Second Evolution to PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita in Japan.

Further, subtitle support for the following languages will be added:

  • French
  • Italian
  • German
  • Spanish

Star Ocean: The Second Story R is releasing for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam on November 2, 2023.

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