Bandai Namco has announced that to celebrate the incoming release of the Square Enix and Gemdrops action JRPG Star Ocean The Second Story R, their ongoing free-to-play mobile game, Tales of the Rays, will feature protagonists Claude C. Kenny and Rena Lanford.
Until November 9, 2023, the Claude and Rena banners from the previous Star Ocean Anamnesis collab are available.
The contents of the two banners have been translated below via our team’s Ryuji:
“The first is the Claude and Rena banner, where the first elevenfold pull is free of charge, and the tenfold pull you do after the free one is half the price.
The second banner is with the Rays characters dressed as Star Ocean characters, where there’s no free pull, but the first tenfold pull is half the price.”
For far more extensive detail regarding this Star Ocean collab, check out the coverage of the Tales of fansite Abyssal Chronicles from 2020.
Tales of the Rays is only available in Japan on mobile devices via iOS and Android.
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. The original game was developed by tri-Ace.
Subtitled French, Italian, German, and Spanish language support will also be available via a launch day update.
- Be sure to check out our extensive coverage of this upcoming game.
- A free demo with save data carry-over is available.
- Check out our interview with the composer and producer.
- View our preview of this incoming title.
- Check out the opening movie.
- Soundtrack Preview
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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