Star Ocean First Departure R Coming to Switch and PS4 in December
We’ve seen a lot of remasters this gen and I have to admit that there’s some ‘remaster fatigue’ setting in, but I’m 100% on board for Star Ocean First Departure R – a HD remaster of what was already a remaster of sorts as the first Star Ocean game, released on Super Famicom, never made it out of Japan until it was ported over to the Playstation Portable and released in the West in 2008.
The Super Famicom version was ahead of its time, releasing on the largest ever cartridge – a whooping 48 megabits – and employing a decompression chip to allow it to unpack data on the fly and greatly increase the size of the game files. They even had voicework, albeit with somewhat sketchy audio, for intros and some battle comments.
First Departure R looks like a stellar remaster of that version, slated to hit Nintendo Switch and PS4 on December 5th. I’m interested in seeing what kind of changes we’ll see on the gameplay side of things.
Here’s the press release and trailer:
TRAVEL TO THE STARS IN THE REMASTERED WORLD OF STAR OCEAN FIRST DEPARTURE R ON DECEMBER 5
Special Pre-Order Bonus Available for PlayStation®4 System
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.
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/.
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