Square Enix, Inc., the publisher of Square Enix(R) interactive entertainment products in North America, announced today that it is publishing STAR OCEAN(R) THE LAST HOPE(R): INTERNATIONAL for PlayStation(R) 3 computer entertainment system. This latest installment in the acclaimed RPG franchise will ship simultaneously across the globe, and will be available in North America on February 9, 2010.
With the launch of STAR OCEAN THE LAST HOPE: INTERNATIONAL, PlayStation 3 system users will be able to explore the fantastical science fiction world o this hit prequel to the STAR OCEAN series. In addition to English and Japanese voice options, this PlayStation 3 system version will include six language options in English, French, Italian, German, Spanish and Japanese for STAR OCEAN fans around the world to enjoy.
Celebrated development studio tri-Ace Inc. delivers spectacular visuals and a unique RPG experience in STAR OCEAN THE LAST HOPE: INTERNATIONAL, in which players can control their own spaceship, moving from planet to planet as they explore the vastness of space. The refined gameplay features dynamic four-person team-oriented combat and the capability to seamlessly switch between characters during battle. STAR OCEAN THE LAST HOPE: INTERNATIONAL also improves upon the innovative real-time battle system that has become a trademark of the STAR OCEAN franchise.
The year is A.D. 2087. In the aftermath of World War III, Earth has been ravaged and the population decimated by a deteriorating environment. The countries that survived have joined together to form the Greater Unified Nations and turned their eyes skyward. . .to space.
Edge Maverick and his childhood friend Reimi Saionji are chosen as pioneer members of the Space Reconnaissance Force, which was created to seek out new worlds beyond the stars. Their ship, the Calnus, takes its place on the lunar launch pad along with four other starships of the first reconnaissance fleet. These ships – humanity’s last hope – blast off one-by-one and sail into the awaiting wormhole that leads to the vast star ocean.
And so, Edge and his crew begin their voyage in search of a new haven for humanity…and a second chance.
Combines sci-fi and fantasy elements, spanning multiple planets and the vastness of space itself to recount the origins of the STAR OCEAN universe
Item creation and Private Actions, two hallmarks of the STAR OCEAN franchise, also make their return, allowing for players to enjoy upgraded versions of both systems
Exhilarating combat expands upon the franchise’s dynamic real-time battle system, now featuring amazing graphics through Blu-ray Disc
Up to four characters can take part in battles simultaneously and party members can be switched mid-battle
New Blindside battle system fuses evasion and offense, enabling players to confuse and ambush enemies by quickly moving out of their line of sight when targeted
Pilot the Calnus spaceship for the first time in the series and journey to various planets of the STAR OCEAN universe
Features breathtaking CG movies by Visual Works, the cutting-edge studio whose previous work includes cut scenes for the acclaimed FINAL FANTASY(R) series
In addition to English and Japanese voice options, the PlayStation 3 system version will include English, French, Italian, German, Spanish and Japanese language options for STAR OCEAN fans around the world
STAR OCEAN: THE LAST HOPE launched earlier this year for the Xbox 360(R) video game and entertainment system from Microsoft.
STAR OCEAN THE LAST HOPE: INTERNATIONAL is not yet rated. Please visit the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) website at www.esrb.org for more information about ratings.
STAR OCEAN THE LAST HOPE: INTERNATIONAL will be available at North American retailers for the suggested retail price of $59.99 (USD). The official website can be found at http://na.square-enix.com/starocean/.
About Square Enix Co., Ltd. and Square Enix, Inc.
Square Enix Co., Ltd. (Square Enix), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd., with headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, develops, publishes and distributes entertainment content including interactive entertainment software and publications in Asia, North America and Europe. Square Enix brings two of Japan’s best-selling franchises – FINAL FANTASY, which has sold over 85 million units worldwide, and DRAGON QUEST(R), which has sold over 50 million units worldwide – under one roof. Square Enix is one of the most influential providers of digital entertainment content in the world and continues to push the boundaries of creativity and innovation.
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