Star Ocean Producer: “I Wanted to Make an H Game”


Square Enix attached 山岸 功典 / Yoshinori Yamagishi, the creative force behind the Star Ocean series of RPGs, revealed recently in an interview that he would like to have made an eroge.

Whilst fans heave sighs of lamentation that he did not get his way, his bosses are doubtless yielding to sighs of relief…

“Personally, I really like to make an ecchi game or something, honestly.

But when I quietly mentioned this to a former company boss, he barked back ‘No way!'”

What could have been?


His latest work, Star Ocean 4 (above), properly Star Ocean: the Last Hope, an Xbox 360 “exclusive”, is due February 19th. Orders are open (the English version is getting a simultaneous release).

Via Hachimaki.

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    Comment by kenjiharima
    21:10 27/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Interesting...The 2D are better than the cgi graphics...and WTF?! Roommates? I wanna travel deep space if that girl lying on the bed is gonna be my roommate.

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    Comment by Icy-nee-san
    00:10 28/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Star Ocean...eroge... OH HELLLZ YES!!!

    Comment by Rasi
    19:59 27/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I dont care in which platform it is released (even i have a ps3 and i'd like to see it on mine ^^;) but what is truth is last square-enix games are not so good like infinite undiscovery or last remnant. Will be this Star Ocean better?? Let's see....

    PD: come on sony buy some rpgs for your system we'd like to see lot of them like on psone & ps2 age ^^

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:25 27/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    If he wants to go Eroge, I think all the better. Wasn't it Tony Taka who drew art for Shining Tears also made some hentai as well? If it works out, it's a win-win situation for everyone. I just wish he would make Eroges that are more interactive rather than click-next dialogue-click, click, click choice etc...
    I'd like to see some fighting as well as animation, or I'm just dreaming...

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    Comment by taishi tetora
    17:58 27/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    seems interesting. . .i should play with it when the game is released :3

    Comment by Skyking
    18:54 27/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    The main reason why so many RPGs are going to Xbox360 is money. Microsoft is paying millions of dollars to top Japanese companies to make games for them in a hope to keep the station alive. If it fells in Japan the top gaming market in the world next to the US the station is doomed. Loss millions to make millions takes the Microsoft way. The Xbox360 is a broken product they putting millions to keep in the gaming market. People on they 3rd unit in 3years!!!!!! Something very wrong here.

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    Comment by Zelgadis4tw
    13:57 28/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    The saddest part of all this is that with import tariffs, they STILL get these exclusives...if you consider the fact that Sony doesn't have to deal too much with that compared to M$, and Sony still can't buy the exclusives...this does not bode well for Sony at all. Btw is the RRoD somewhat remedied by now?

    Comment by Gakipu
    10:36 28/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Bitch Slap = EPIC.

    Edge Maverick with that blue-haired girl reminds me of a canonical couple from Guilty Gear...Overture.

    Comment by I laugh at you
    21:30 09/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Butthurt sony fanboys are butthurt

    Comment by Hitoshura
    03:33 08/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think what he /wanted/ to do was the first serious game normal game with an explicit erotic part, in a way that his gamr surpasses Max Payne 3 legacy (sex scenes, normal game, although not explicit).

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    Comment by Katameido
    01:51 02/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh shi-, you can even have a loli as a roommate..!!? <3

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    Comment by GHS
    17:38 27/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Think about it, what if all the writers from our favourite video game companies really just wanted to write eroge? Don't you feel sorry for them? Wonder what would have come out if they had the chance to make one...

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:52 21/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    So many great eroge that will never be made. It's obvious that jrpg developers want to make eroge when they include slime and tentacle monsters.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:04 27/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's interesting to see how many elements of his eroge have carried over to the finished product (Sexy female room mates anyone?). I'm going to wait for a finished release. It might be worth it to play and think what might have been.

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    Comment by ToastCrust
    11:30 27/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Should find some friends and make a doujin game.

    Just his name, I bet, would inspire a large number of sales.

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    Comment by metatron
    02:21 28/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    it's better not to have his name known 'coz he might get caught by his employer if ever the complany doesn't allow their employees making a doujin

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:55 27/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    why is it exclusive for 360 when all the previous star oceans have been on the playstation?

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    Comment by Sorrior
    11:12 27/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    A few were on nintendo systems. although i got hooked on 3 the fact is 1 was a snes title and star ocean blue ocean i think it was was a game boy color game.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:29 27/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    You could ask the same about Tales of Vesperia. It's a Jewish conspiracy to take over the Japanese videogaming market. The X-Box failed horribly in Japan so now they are trying to force people into buying their new system by letting big studios develop their newest franchise entries for X-Box 360 exclusively. And it works, Japanese people are buying Jewish gaming systems to play their Japanese games on. If you own all the money you can spend, your desire for power begins to replace that for raw money. Microsoft is probably paying big time for these exclusive titles but they don't worry about that since at the moment they only want to reel in some market share. X-Box was never a profitable brand in Japan, its share of the console pie after its launch 2002 never grew big enough to even show up in the diagrams. It got discontinued after three years in Japan, much like the Dreamcast did in the US (in Japan it lasted eight years, while the X-Box lasted only five years in its home country). Microsoft has lots of other venues to gather money so they won't hesitate to bribe developers if it means they can gain more power in a non-Jewish country like Japan.

    Comment by Cat Megex
    15:25 27/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    *coughs, then starts laughing* Microsoft == Jewish? Since when? (This coming from a Jew.)

    Also, does that mean you're claiming the US is Jewish?

    Comment by i386
    21:53 27/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    well, pretty much every senior exec at ms is jewish.
    but so is our bud howard stringer, head of sony... nice trojan horse, good job.
    this will not end well (for sony). i would have hoped japanese and their extreme protectionism would have acted as a shield, unfortunately they've been infiltrated and are assuredly on the way down. let's hope denon, olympus, kenwood and the others will learn from that.

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    Comment by Artefact

    I don't know about his being Jewish, but Stringer certainly was a mistake; record company executives and their ilk are hardly the sort one associates with insightful business practices...

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:38 27/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, Seinfeld and Gates are BFFs according to those ads...

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:57 28/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    The 5 jew bankers!

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    Comment by Artefact

    Microsoft is run by a Jew?

    Comment by rockbottom
    10:54 27/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Aw poor guy, woulda been somewhat interesting if he did manage to make an eroge. Oh well, maybe he still got his way with some hidden surprises in SO4.

    Comment by SaruDa
    10:36 27/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Would you like some coffee, captain?

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:47 19/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yes, I'd like some.

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    Comment by Dee
    16:49 27/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hot COffee Mod!! DO want!

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:19 16/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Bed With Loli + guy
    Another Loli walks in
    Yeah I like where this is going

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    Comment by Helldunkel
    11:03 27/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I second that xD.

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    Comment by Kageryu
    15:11 27/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    If there's a will, there's a way.

    Comment by Heyjey
    09:51 28/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I thought for a sec that u wrote "if there's a Wii, there's a way"

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    Comment by Zomb1e13
    10:52 27/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    All they should have let him or at least make a PC version and have the eroge there like they do most eroge.

    Comment by The Emerging One
    11:48 27/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Haha, gotta love the choice of pictures the bottom ones could be a 4koma.

    "Please select your partner."

    "Wow...she's so cute while she's sleeping...I don't think I'll be able to hold ba..."


    "...dammit. ;_;"

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:43 27/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh hell yeah with those graphics

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:51 27/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Pffft....ecchi and erog are to different thing. Like light and day.

    Comment by Falmung
    12:55 27/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wow now those are some nice graphics.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    13:43 27/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm having mixed feelings about the graphics. The characters look good, but the background looks kinda grainy

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    Comment by Geerie
    16:50 27/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    its an jrpg does the background matter? its all about the characters. all the details go into wavy hair. wrpgs only go for size jrpgs only go for character designs that's how games work want nice backgrounds buy an fps you can stare at the walls all day.

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