Square Enix Opens Western Pre-Orders for Star Ocean: The Second Story R Soundtrack; Arranged Songs by Motoi Sakuraba

Square Enix has announced that pre-orders for the official soundtrack of their upcoming action JRPG by Gemdrops, Star Ocean: The Second Story R, are now available via their North American storefront.

While the tracklist has not been unveiled yet, the soundtrack costs $37.99, with a scheduled release window of November 2023. Further, it will be comprised of four discs, with a remade soundtrack by returning composer Motoi Sakuraba. He embraced string instruments and live band performances for this new collective audio interpretation.

In case you’re curious, check out our interview with Sakuraba about his efforts with these renewed compositions.

You can view the soundtrack artwork below, which may be a placeholder:

star ocean the second story r soundtrack

You can pre-order the Star Ocean: The Second Story R soundtrack via Square Enix North America.

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. Claude is a Pangalactic Federation officer and son of the legendary Ronyx Kenny, causing him to have internal strife regarding his identity. During a mission, Claude’s ego gets the better of him as he’s transported to an underdeveloped planet and spotted by Rena, confusing him for the Hero of Light.

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.

Subtitled French, Italian, German, and Spanish language support will also be available via a launch day update.

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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