Star Ocean 4 Differences For Japan And The West

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Star Ocean: The Last Hope will be released on February 19th. The following week, a slightly different version will be released in North America.

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There will be two types of character portraits in the battle scenes — one for each region. One is getting anime faces, and the other is getting CG models.

Likewise, the menus will be different. So which is which? (Hint: Look for THE JAPANESE WORDS.)

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Different Region, Different Star Ocean: The Last Hope Interface [Siliconera]

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DISCUSSION

The anime to 3d changes are one thing, but what pisses me off is the fact that they are changing content.

At Comic Con, SE confirmed that they're removing the hot spring scene for two reasons:

1: "Because most Americans wouldn't know what an onsen is (which is BS, because every Tales game and many anime have them)

2: It would cause the game to get an M rating if they were to leave Lymle naked in it (even though the Japanese version has the equivalent of a Teen rating)

Who knows what other changes are being made to the in game content. Its like the SNES generation all over again.