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First Look at Star Ocean 5

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There’s a Star Ocean 5? Yes. Yes, there is. The newly announced game is headed for the PlayStation 3 and the PlayStation 4.

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Titled Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness, the game is the fifth instalment in the main series and is being developed by Tri-Ace, the studio that originally launched Star Ocean in 1996 on the Super Nintendo. The artist known as Akiman is the game’s main character designer, and this latest title takes place between Star Ocean 2 and Star Ocean 3. Here is the prologue translated into English:

Do the depths of space forbid peace for mankind—

Centuries after leaving Earth, after a multitude of trials, with the creation and spread of the ‘Galactic Federation’, humanity was on the verge of unified order and peace.

But the embers of conflict have begun to burn again.

Over 6,000 light years from Earth, on the unsettled planet, ‘Faicreed.’

Just as so many times before, the waves of history begin from a remote planet.

The game features “seamless realtime battles” with the attack depending on the distance to the target. Thus, there are also different attacks and skills for both close distances and far ones.

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[Photo: Famitsu]

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[Photo: Famitsu]

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[Photo: Famitsu]

Here, you can see the game’s protagonist, Fidel Camus.

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[Photo: Famitsu]

And his childhood friend, Miki.

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And this is Lilia, a girl they meet during their adventure:

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[Photo: Famitsu]

According to Weekly Famitsu, where these scans appeared, Star Ocean 5 seems to be 30 percent developed.

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Illustration for article titled First Look at iStar Ocean 5/i

[Photo: Famitsu]

Illustration for article titled First Look at iStar Ocean 5/i
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[Photo: Famitsu]

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[Photo: Famitsu]

Currently, the release date for Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness is TBA. Previously, the fourth entry in the series, Star Ocean: The Last Hope, was released in 2009.

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Here are two more screenshots that Famitsu.com posted:

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[Photo: Famitsu.com]

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[Photo: Famitsu.com]

You can also watch the game’s new teaser trailer below.

Toshi Nakamura contributed to this report.

Top photo: Famitsu.com

To contact the author of this post, write to bashcraftATkotaku.com or find him on Twitter @Brian_Ashcraft.

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DISCUSSION

Hmmmm, first Guilty Gear, then Persona, now Star Ocean. Do smaller Japanese devs not make games for Xbone anymore? Even if Xbone doesn’t sell well in Japan, why not release a game for both platform in the west? Surely they can sell at least 1 million copies of Star Ocean on Xbone.