Star Ocean The Divine Force announced for PS4 and PS5, coming 2022

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Star Ocean The Divine Force announced for PS4 and PS5, coming 2022

Revealing the latest title in the popular RPG series by Square Enix and tri-Ace.

The first installment in the Star Ocean series released in 1996, and five mainline games, one spinoff game, and one mobile game have been developed to this day since then. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the series and its latest mainline title – Star Ocean The Divine Force – been announced.

Star Ocean The Divine Force is developed by Square Enix and tri-Ace, and set to release on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 in 2022. The game features a story that blends sci-fi and fantasy, a rich lineup of characters and side stories, a battle system delivering exhilarating combat with easy controls, and more. 

Star Ocean The Divine Force announced for PS4 and PS5, coming 2022

Star Ocean The Divine Force Features: 

  • A story that changes based on the choices made, where heroes intersect between the two worlds of sci-fi and fantasy
  • A rich lineup of playable characters 
  • Freedom to fly around the environment 
  • Three-dimensional traversal and exploration where everything in-sight is a field for adventure 
  • The Star Ocean game with the fastest and mightiest action in the series

Protagonists from two different civilizations collide

The “Double Hero” system returns in which the story spanning the stars and beyond will unfold from the perspective of each protagonist, one from an advanced civilization (sci-fi) and the other from an underdeveloped planet (fantasy). Events that unfold throughout the story as well as the ally characters you end up with will differ based on the protagonist the player chooses.  

In this game, there is range of playable characters in addition to the two protagonists, and you can control each of the party members.

Raymond

A young man from the nonfederated planet of Verguld. He is the captain of the merchant vessel Ydas under Lawrence Logistics, a company run by his family. His confidence often sees him rushing recklessly into situations when it comes to his friends and work, much to the distress of the Ydas crew. Raymond has a big heart, affable nature, and a good nose for business. His lack of affiliation with the Pangalactic Federation means he is not bound by the Underdeveloped Planet Preservation Pact. This sincere openness to meet others where they’re at regardless of technological advancement wins Laeticia over, but leaves Albaird wary.

Laeticia

Princess of the Kingdom of Aucerius: a large territory located on the underdeveloped planet of Aster IV. Her radiant and resolute personality is admired throughout the kingdom, but her prim demeanor betrays her penchant for wearing armor and remarkable skill with the dual blades. In order to remedy the encroaching threat of a neighboring country, Laeticia sets off on a secret journey to locate a certain individual. She meets Raymond along the way, recently stranded on Aster IV. The two agree to help one another and begin traveling together.

Elena

A crew member of the merchant vessel Ydas and Raymond’s first mate. She manages the operation of just about the entirety of the ship, and her vast knowledge and cool demeanor have earned her the complete trust of Raymond and the crew. Elena is constantly surprised by Raymond’s proclivity for recklessness, but all the same she holds a high opinion of his leadership qualities.

Albaird 

A childhood friend of Laeticia’s, he now serves her as a knight of the Kingdom of Aucerius. He excels at semiomancy and the wielding of chakram. His strong sense of loyalty to Laeticia means he is never far from her side. Albaird’s left arm is covered down to his fingertips, and he occasionally gestures as if to protect it. He does not trust Raymond upon meeting him while escorting Laeticia on her secret journey. Loathe to go against her wishes, however, he reluctantly allows Raymond to join them.

Freely fly around the environment 

In this game, characters have the freedom to move around 360 degrees, and can even fly through the skies.  

Players can fly in the sky and traverse three-dimensionally through one of the largest fields ever in the series. 

Whether they explore by hopping around rocky stretches and rooftops, or seamlessly enter battles after jumping off cliffs, more than ever, the game will allow players greater freedom in their approach in both battles and their adventures. 

The fastest and mightiest action in the series 

Battles have also evolved in Star Ocean The Divine Force. Characters can make an assault straight from traversing at incredibly high speeds, disappear instantly before an enemy, or even defeat a horde of enemies with a skill that enables on-shot kills. Experience tough yet exhilarating battles while freely flying around the world.

The fate of the universe awakens when two heroes cross paths

The Pangalactic Federation. From their earliest days in the Sol System, this organization has sought to bring peace and tranquility to the galactic multitudes. As their reach has expanded through the universe, many a hero has served under their banner; saviors to planets in need.

But by the year 583 SD, things have changed. The once peaceful Pangalactic Federation is now known for assimilating planets against their will. Once standing for justice, they are now wreathed in darkness.

Raymond, captain of the merchant vessel Ydas, departs from the nonfederated planet of Verguld on a standard transport mission. The job is simple, the route familiar, yet things go awry when the Ydas is attacked by the Astoria: a battleship carrying a member of the Pangalactic Federation’s preeminent Kenny family. 

Raymond and his crewmate Chloe are forced to abandon ship amidst the chaos and head for the remote, underdeveloped planet of Aster IV. Before their escape pods can even land, a burst of energy resembling an EMP from the planet’s surface knocks out their systems and brings them crashing down. They find themselves separated and stranded on an unfamiliar planet.

Upon landing, Raymond is immediately attacked by some of the less-than-friendly local wildlife. But when all seems lost, his life is saved by the crown princess of the Kingdom of Aucerius: Laeticia. Marveled by the sudden appearance of this man who rode into her life on a “shooting star,” Laeticia asks Raymond to help save her kingdom from the threat of the neighboring Vey’l Empire. He accepts in exchange for help finding Chloe.

So begins their journey on Aster IV. However, Raymond will soon discover he has yet to escape the shadow of the Pangalactic Federation.

“Whence do you hail, Ray?”

“I’m from another world─one that’s far, far away in the sky.”

This encounter, and the ensuing stand against an overwhelming power, marks a new chapter in galactic history.

Star Ocean The Divine Force comes to PS4 and PS5 next year.

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  • I’m so happy :’)

    • We’ll see what they have to offer with this one.

      the game looks great, certainly worth taking a look.

      I’m curious what the studio could do with an entirely new IP.

  • Wow, the gameplay details and open traversal system sounds awesome. Can’t wait for this, so excited there is another mainline Star Ocean game!!

  • The character design looks good on artwork… but pretty terrible on the game’s engine. Graphics and everything still feels outdated but I’m fine with that, knowing that Japanese games are miles ahead most American games in terms of depth.

    I’m not excited for this one. It’s just something I might check out, and I think that’s a big issue. Star Ocean should be epic.

    • Just curious. Could you clarify what you mean by “depth”? Mechanical depth? Narrative depth? World-building depth? Something else?

      . o O (Not trying to be contrarian or anything, I earnestly would like to know!)

    • All and more.

  • I cannot believe it! This is much sooner than I thought, I figured 2023-2024 at the earliest. I just finished SOFDR last weekend, I cannot wait!

    • It looks like they’ve been making it for PS4, so that must explain. And tri-ace didn’t have a big game since 2016. So, it’s essentially the first big game they make in 6 years… if it comes out earlier than November 2022, that is.

    • So happy with this announcement, was so worried SO5 will be the last outing for this great series.

      While I was hoping it bears more resemblance with SO3 gameplay-wise and SO5 aesthetics-wise, I’m happy with what I saw.

      Keep pushing for more JRPGs Sony.

  • Please be good. The last new Star Ocean was… Not. Just not.

  • The actual character models look horrible, but maybe the game won’t be a disaster like Integrity and Faithlessness.

  • I wonder how this will play on PS4?

  • Really excited about this one :) Haven’t play since Star Ocean 2 for PSX, but I remember how awesome that experience was.

  • I “cancelled” Square-Enix YEARS ago over their inability to deliver Valkyrie Profile: Hrist and the next game in the Legacy Of Kain series, and I stuck to it until Dragon Quest 11, and that game was way too long to suffer a 2nd playthru. SEE is where IP goes to DIE! They are the Vince McMahon of video gaming: buy up the competition, buy up IP just to shelve and bury it. And then spend decades beating us over the head with Tomb Raider, SaGa, Star Ocean, Just Cause, and FF …

    Gamers: WE WANT LOK AND VP 3!!
    Square: “Meh … here’s ActRaiser Renaissance …”
    Gamers: There was DEMAND for this?!?!?!??!?!?!?

    • lmao, you didn’t cancel anyone. You’re just an angry guy posting comments, nobody cares

      Square Enix is at the top of excellence and money-making

    • People have been begging for more ActRaiser since before Legacy of Kain and Valkyrie Profile even existed. Probably before you even existed, from the sounds of it. You just have narrow tastes.

      And honestly, all 3 of these IPs in question are cult classic territory not heavy hitter money makers, they were never gonna be high on the priority list in the first place, so you just have incredibly naive and unrealistic expectations. If you’re going to criticize Square Enix for anything, it should be over disasters like Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, Left Alive, The Quiet Man, and Balan Wonderworld, but you probably don’t know or care about any of those since once again, your scope is very limited because you just have a few pet issue games you fixate on and that’s it.

  • How many worlds do we get this time?

  • So that’s what it looks like when a Cloud runs out of hair gel?

  • First game I played on PS5 was SO5, yes it has issues but overall a decent game. It made me a fan and I just completed SOFDR last week. I am slowly working through all the titles and I have to say that getting this news was great. Becoming a new fan in 2021 to a presumably dead series of games only to get slapped in the face with SO6, it is kinda crazy.

    I hope SO6 can find a nice size audience in the west, I think a lot of things regarding SO and tri-Ace are dependent upon the success of this game.

  • Good, I choose PC version.

  • Sounds awesome. The last Star Ocean I go to play it as Star Ocean Till the End of Time I think it was on PS2. My only issue is the to me the best characters to play with are not the main protagonist. Just tired 😴 f the main protagonist giant sword wielders hacking their way to endgame. SO end of time Maria and Cliff were my favorite. I would like the main protagonist to be a non sword welder. And maybe just one can we get a Star Ocean about or from the perspective of the Antagonist. I’m really all about the villain😈

  • I’m hoping for at least two planets. It is star ocean after all. Don’t disappoint me SE.

  • A story that changes based on the choices made, where heroes intersect between the two worlds of sci-fi and fantasy
    A rich lineup of playable characters
    Freedom to fly around the environment
    Three-dimensional traversal and exploration where everything in-sight is a field for adventure
    The Star Ocean game with the fastest and mightiest action in the series
    Protagonists from two different civilizations collide
    The “Double Hero” system returns in which the story spanning the stars and beyond will unfold from the perspective of each protagonist, one from an advanced civilization (sci-fi) and the other from an underdeveloped planet (fantasy). Events that unfold throughout the story as well as the ally characters you end up with will differ based on the protagonist the player chooses.

    In this game, there is range of playable characters in addition to the two protagonists, and you can control each of the party members.

    That all sounds good to me!!

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