Famitsu recently interviewed the Star Ocean team regarding the newly announced Star Ocean The Second Story R. One question was asked about this remake’s soundtrack and how it has evolved from the title’s previous releases.
The Star Ocean The Second Story R producer and director, Yuichiro Kitao, replied that the original composer, Motoi Sakuraba, has returned with new arrangements to make this a worthy follow-up. Further, the arrangement of the game’s standard battle theme, “Stab the Sword of Justice,” is hyped up.
You can view the full question and answer below, translated via our team’s Ryuji:
Star Ocean Team: …We asked [Sakuraba] to compose a new soundtrack to accompany the newly made movie cutscenes, such as the opening and climax in the game’s second half. String sections were recorded live for those songs, adding more depth to the sound than ever before.
In addition, the battle BGM has been rearranged with a band, making the familiar BGM more uplifting and intense. We hope you look forward to it.
Kitao: The normal battle BGM (Stab the Sword of Justice), which you will hear the most, and the intense dungeon BGM that plays in the second half of the game are, at least personally, the best arrangements ever. We hope you will enjoy the BGM as much as we did during development.
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:
Star Ocean: The Second Story R is releasing for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam on November 2, 2023.
This post may contain Amazon affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate Noisy Pixel earns from qualifying purchases.