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  TRAVEL TO THE STARS IN THE REMASTERED WORLD OF STAR OCEAN FIRST DEPARTURE R ON DECEMBER 5
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09/10/2019
 


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LOS ANGELES (Sept. 10, 2019) – SQUARE ENIX® announced today that STAR OCEAN® First Departure R™, the HD remaster of the classic sci-fi RPG, will make its digital debut on December 5 for the Nintendo Switch™ system and the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system. Pre-orders for the PlayStation®4 system will include a commemorative PlayStation®4 Theme and a digital mini soundtrack from the STAR OCEAN Live 2019 concert. To pre-order the game for the PlayStation®4 system, visit: https://sqex.link/r6h.

To watch the official STAR OCEAN First Departure R release date trailer, visit: https://youtu.be/Yju1wIfvOo8.

Originally released in the west on the PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system, STAR OCEAN First Departure R tells the story of a young swordsman, Roddick, and his companions who at first set off on a journey to find the cure to a deadly disease, which then spirals into an adventure that spans across the sea of stars. This HD remaster version includes the following features and boosts to enhance the experience:

  • Full Voiceover – Players can choose between the original full voice cast from the PSP® system version of the game in either Japanese or English, or the newly recorded version, featuring the voice cast from the original Super Famicom version in Japanese, which was previously released in Japan only. 
  • New Character Illustrations – Players can opt for the original character illustrations utilized in STAR OCEAN First Departure, or brand-new versions drawn by the famous illustrator Katsumi Enami (STAR OCEAN: THE LAST HOPE™).
  • Speed Mode – Players can speed up movement to traverse the world more quickly.
  • Adjusted Game Balance – Adjusted battle difficulty enabling players to enjoy more challenge in combat, a signature quality of the STAR OCEAN series.

Pre-orders for the PlayStation®4 system will include a commemorative PlayStation®4 Theme featuring some of the newly drawn character illustrations by Katsumi Enami and pixel art of the main characters (available immediately after pre-ordering), as well as a digital mini soundtrack from the STAR OCEAN Live 2019 concert (available when the game launches on December 5). To pre-order the game for the PlayStation®4 system, visit: https://sqex.link/r6h.

The title is not yet rated. Please visit the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) website at http://www.esrb.org for more information about ratings. For more information, visit:  http://www.staroceangame.com/.

All press assets can be found at: http://sqex.to/Media.

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About Square Enix, Inc.

Square Enix, Inc. develops, publishes, distributes and licenses SQUARE ENIX®, EIDOS® and TAITO® branded entertainment content throughout the Americas as part of the Square Enix group of companies. Square Enix, Inc. is affiliated with a global network of leading development studios such as Crystal Dynamics® and Eidos Montréal™. The Square Enix group of companies boasts a valuable portfolio of intellectual property including: FINAL FANTASY®, which has sold over 147 million units worldwide; DRAGON QUEST®, which has sold over 78 million units worldwide; TOMB RAIDER®, which has sold over 74 million units worldwide; and the legendary SPACE INVADERS®. Square Enix, Inc. is a U.S.-based, wholly owned subsidiary of Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd.

 

More information on Square Enix, Inc. can be found at https://square-enix-games.com.

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© 1996, 2019 SQUARE ENIX CO., LTD. All Rights Reserved.

Original version developed by tri-Ace Inc.

STAR OCEAN and FIRST DEPARTURE are registered trademarks or trademarks of Square Enix Co., Ltd.

FIRST DEPARTURE, STAR OCEAN, the STAR OCEAN logo, THE LAST HOPE, CRYSTAL DYNAMICS, DRAGON QUEST, FINAL FANTASY, EIDOS, EIDOS MONTREAL, SPACE INVADERS, SQUARE ENIX, the SQUARE ENIX logo, TAITO and TOMB RAIDER are registered trademarks or trademarks of the Square Enix group of companies. Nintendo Switch is a registered trademark of Nintendo. Steam is a registered trademark of Valve Corporation. All other trademarks are properties of their respective owners.

 

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