Square Enix has shared a neat little video for the upcoming Star Ocean The Second Story R, comprising a text crawl similar to the openings of the Star Wars films. The game’s introductory segments are detailed, elucidating how the two protagonists, Claude and Rena, first meet.
You can read the full contents of the text crawl below:
“Claude C. Kenny, a young officer in the Pangalactic Federation, is setn to investigate a mysterious dome discovered on planet Milokeenia on the orders of Ronyx, his father and commanding officer.
There he discovers an unfamiliar-looking mechanism. Hoping to demonstrate his courage, he ignores Ronyx’s objections and touches it, only to disappear in a blinding flash.
Later, Claude wakes up surrounded by lush forest and realizes he’s been transported somewhere far away. Trying and failing to get in contact with Ronyx, Claude scouts out the area around him, only to discover a monster just as it’s about to attack a young girl.
Rushing into the fray, Claude fires away with the Phase Gun his father gave him.
Seeing Claude rescue her with this bright, lethal force, the girl – Rena Lanford – mistakes him for a figure from the myths of her homeland, a hero who bears a Sword of Light.
In order to properly thank him, Rena takes Claude to the village of Arlia, hoping against hope that he could be the one to save the entire nation.”
The developer also announced that those who attend the Anime Impulse convention at the Anaheim Convention Center on September 2, 2023, will see the world premiere of the new opening movie for Star Ocean The Second Story R. Hopefully, it gets officially uploaded soon afterward.
Lastly, a brief new gameplay clip was shared, viewable below:
Keep your eyes peeled 👀 pic.twitter.com/dCFy7UGoCE
— STAR OCEAN (@StarOcean) August 25, 2023
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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