The latest game in the Star Ocean series, スターオーシャン 4 THE LAST HOPE / Star Ocean 4: The Last Hope, will be an Xbox360 exclusive to be released in 2009, it has been announced.
The announcement was made at the Xbox 360 RPG Premiere 2008, along with some other announcements; the event seems to be a last ditch effort by Microsoft to rescue the Xbox360 in Japan before the bevy of upcoming PS3 big name titles eclipse it completely.
As with Tales of Vesperia, it is likely a delayed and enhanced PS3 is all but inevitable, at least if the valuable Star Ocean franchise is not to suffer damage. Via Famitsu – see a single screenshot there.
It seems some big money has been changing hands behind the scenes for these nonsensical JRPG exclusives to keep happening. What will it take to make Microsoft give up trying to make headway in the Japanese market?