Square Enix Announces New Star Ocean: “You Guessed It!”



Loyal Star Ocean fans are the latest to be given the full Square Enix treatment, as the announcement of the latest and greatest title in the Star Ocean franchise seems to have left much to be desired in their eyes.

The new title, Star Ocean: Material Trader, is an “item creation card RPG” set to be distributed by GREE on mobile platforms in the near future:





For some reason fans of the series are not happy:


“It’s over now…”

“Fuck off Square!”

“God, could it get any worse…”

“They changed the character design for good measure?”

“Thanks GREE!”

“Nice to see these two great companies cooperating.”

“GREE are besmirching another great franchise with their filth I see.”

“Who cares, I already switched to western games so it is no skin off my nose!”

“I guess I should not have got excited when I saw this announcement, it is Square Enix after all.”

“They slapped the SO name on this trash but it has nothing to do with SO. Still, this isn’t some AAA franchise so perhaps this is an actual prelude to a new release?”

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    Avatar of warjoke
    Comment by warjoke
    10:12 20/07/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    I'm sure next week they will resort to making adult visual novels just to earn money.

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    Comment by Kinny Riddle
    16:30 20/07/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Yes, I'd rather they take the plunge and venture into eroge. They'd be surprised at how much more popular they'd become overnight, when everyone's FF7 and SO ero-fantasy plots are to become official overnight.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:16 08/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ok I might seriously consider buying that if they can keep a good plot to accompany it (If not Hire Key)

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:26 21/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm all right as long as Lymle is in the new game, 'kay?

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:11 21/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)


    i hope this has nothing to with me ....................... i want to have some carefree gaming time !!!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:20 21/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    just like everyone else has. i shouldnt get this?

    there is a limit to how limited i am because i seem creepy and suspicious.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:48 21/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    my carefree gaming time surely is disturbed when i have to consider wal-mart costumer's.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:10 21/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    never heard that name before.

    Avatar of Naoe
    Comment by Naoe
    11:01 20/07/2013 # ! Good (+0.4)

    I honestly like that idea...maybe they can become Illusion's next rival..since Teatime is dead now, and all the server things is being handed to Illusion.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:13 20/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    If SE does porn though, don't make the mistake of thinking the games they make would be anything better than Illusion's.

    Why? It's PORN. Things like that are supposed to thrive on high sales with very low capital, because sex is one of those things people are desperate to have no matter how fake or bad it is. Otherwise, that piece of shit Illusion made called Happy End Trigger wouldn't sell one fucking copy.

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    Comment by HouseLife
    20:09 20/07/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Only children and the desperate settle for any old porn. Porn is elevated by its scenario and believability, and to pretend otherwise just means people don't think. Only one who somehow thinks that porn is below them is dumb enough to not recognize what makes atruly engaging and erotic porn rather than something that is just someone banging someone else. And yet stupid people continue to say the words 'lol, but its porn' as if they even know what they're talking about. These are the same people I'm sure who think they're actually good in bed with no other evidence than their own egos.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:05 20/07/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    And now imagine some company to actually make quality porn...

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    Comment by HouseLife
    05:32 21/07/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)


    Cutting down on the selfish and the stupid always triggers down votes :P Even live action porn need eroticism, even a little. A scenario of a guy and girl having sex via a sensual encounter, a story, or even a fake rape scenario is always more erotic than just a clip of banging that starts and ends the same way. It's like having a story with no beginning or end. JAVs tend to be a lot better because they actually seem somewhat decent at this, American porn by and large just have people that don't even commit, so it just ends up being dumb no matter what the scenario. People don't think about the suspension of disbelief affecting a porn scenario, but it doesn't take a rocket scientist to recognize that it does. Just like any roleplay in any sexual situation.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:33 21/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    You fags need girlfriends.....

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    Comment by Yamato
    06:56 21/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    I've seen plenty of pretty good doujinshi and pieces of fanart that don't really have much of a plot, just a character being screwed. Would they be exceptions since the characters in question were already pre-established in other forms of media?

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    Comment by HouseLife
    21:14 22/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    @ Anon 1:33

    True, but not just any girlfriend. Discussions on whether or not a scenario adds to eroticism has nothing to do with a girl or a lack of one. The irony is that one who recognizes eroticism for what it is is one who pleases a girl a lot more because they recognize that sex is about more than just themselves. I don't speak of only drawn porn or games, but all sexuality in general.

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    Comment by HouseLife
    20:44 21/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)


    Doujinshi have a scenario, it's just whether it's weak or strong. One of the differences is your proclivity to enjoy a style. Your brain is already distracted by the style and taking in all the skill it recognizes happening on the page, and therefore it's already more entertaining than it normally would be. It's the same as when anime seems so much better by default when subbed as well. Your mind is not only preoccupied by reading and considering the lines, it's also taking in different sensory perceptions and recognizing the language behind the language generated by the scenario and the context.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:11 20/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Square are begin as the eroge maker before making FF

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    Comment by Miroku74
    21:45 20/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Aiming for those downvotes, aren't we, HouseLife? lol :D

    Although... I have to say I agree with your points regarding porn and having a relevant plot attached to it make or break a game.

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    Comment by Naoe
    19:51 20/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    The current Illusion is just like Squeenix, too much focus on the graphics, while ignoring the gameplay & customization aspect that made them famous.

    Trigger was the worst offender because they made a generic VN. It's been going downhill ever since Artificial Academy.

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    Comment by Goldsickle
    14:49 20/07/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Official Tifa & Aeris porno?

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:43 21/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    But I want Just Cause 3 :(

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:13 22/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    I guess you never played any visual novel games huh? actually some VN games have more quality and contents compared to a social card games. Don't talk like it just a money making games.

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    Comment by Riiku
    00:28 21/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Do what you want Squenix, just make FFXV to be good for once.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:23 20/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    so they are just back to their root then?

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:31 20/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    as if they can make quality h game

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:16 20/07/2013 # ! Good (+0.8)

    The Dream is dead...
    Tonight the vast star ocean crys because of Square Enix, It hurts to live....

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:34 20/07/2013 # ! Good (+0.8)

    I have an announcement for you Square Enix. "Go back to square one!"

    Comment by Anonymous
    Comment by Anonymous
    08:52 20/07/2013 # ! Good (+0.8)

    Fuck you, Square.

    Fuck. You.

    And don't even bother to cry and bitch as you keep losing money. You dug your own grave. Now lay in it and die.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:18 20/07/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Stupid idiots turn a favorite RPG into a card game.. yep go die Square Enix.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:02 20/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    I was like: wow new star

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:45 20/07/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Someone should go and put them out of their misery, it's the only humane thing to do =(

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:40 21/07/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I don't see what the problem is. Square-enix never said they weren't making anymore Star Ocean games. We already know Square is pushing out more mobile games. I wouldn't be surprised if they made a final fantasy card based for mobile.

    Plus we haven't heard in awhile what Tri-Ace is working on.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:01 21/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    No, but Square (Enix) DID promise to stop making crap games. Or rather, that they would "Scrap the rubbish".


    Since then, they've gone on to:

    http://www.sankakucomplex.com/2013/04/05/million-arthur-a-new-low-even-for-square-enix/ - a LAME smartphone social card diseas...err...game for the VITA,

    http://www.sankakucomplex.com/2013/04/26/square-enix-announces-final-fantasy-tactics-s-not-again/ - a smartphone social disease,

    http://www.sankakucomplex.com/2013/05/14/square-enix-will-focus-on-social-gaming/ - No explanation needed,

    http://www.sankakucomplex.com/2013/05/17/grand-union-just-give-up-on-square-enix-already/ - a smartphone social card battle disease,

    http://www.sankakucomplex.com/2013/05/26/final-fantasy-xiv-marred-by-total-wtf-ui/ - we can only hope the HUD got fixed,

    http://www.sankakucomplex.com/2013/06/12/not-again-final-fantasy-xv-action-rpg/ - Even Charlie Brown isn't this big a loser at this point, as Square is just getting LAZY...this was supposed to be XIII Versus after all,

    http://www.sankakucomplex.com/2013/06/14/square-enixs-fall-because-of-bad-feng-shui/ - Oh, yeah, blame all your own bad decisions on mysticism...losers,

    http://www.sankakucomplex.com/2013/06/16/ff14-some-things-never-change/ - Should issues like this have been fixed by now? No or course not...

    http://www.sankakucomplex.com/2013/06/20/square-enix-theres-no-point-in-developing-hd-games/ - Uhmm...yyeeeeaaaaahhhhh...Charlie Brown is kicking your ass now, Square,

    http://www.sankakucomplex.com/2013/06/26/nomura-final-fantasy-xv-is-an-action-game/ - Wait...I thought this was supposed to be an Action RPG...where's the RPG in my RPG?

    http://www.sankakucomplex.com/2013/06/27/square-enix-names-wada-new-chairman/ - First they fire him for his ineptitude, now they make him their new chairman of its board...good grief.

    And for the games Sankaku missed (or whatever):

    Seiken Densetsu: Circle of Mana - Social Card Battle Disease.

    Final Fantasy: All the Bravest - A pay-a-thon Social Disease.

    Square Enix Legend World - Guess what? It's a Social Card Battle Disease!

    Yay, Square (Enix). Go. Whoopie. At this point I hope they just declare bankruptcy and sell their IPs to studios who have more in their noggin' than your average scarecrow.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:19 20/07/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    If they touch Radiata Stories or Xenogears, they wont need a grave, i'll be cremating them.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:33 20/07/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    No, fuck YOU.

    'Square' is something reserved for premerger SQUARESOFT, which was great under Sakaguchi's lead if only not for that one 3D movie.

    Don't insult Sakaguchi's legacy by calling Square Enix what it is not.

    Comment by Anonymous

    No...no..."Square" works for both.

    And Square EA from the Chrono Cross era (pun intended).

    Comment by Anonymous

    Square doesn't even the rights to Star Ocean, that belongs to Tri-Ace and Sega. Last I checked.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:11 20/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    And you would be wrong. It has always been owned by Enix now SquEnix. The developers for the various iterations have changed over the years but the owner and publisher has always been the same.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:18 20/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    While Tri-Ace did develope the games, all of them were published and are owned by Enix(now SquareEnix). I have no idea where you pulled Sega from...

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:53 21/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    I see now, thanks to both anon(14:11) and anon(16:18, I will remember that "developed by" doesn't always mean "Owned by." Also, did Tri-Ace sign with Sega after the last Star Ocean game, or did I get that wrong too?

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:09 21/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, they DID make Resonance of Fate for SEGA, but they HAVE been making quite a few more games for Konami lately. Hmm...where are these games anyway...oh yes.

    --Japan Only.--


    That tells you everything you need to know about Squeeeeenix. SEGA is a better company to make RPGs for than Squeeeeenix is.

    Though tri-Ace DID develop Final Fantasy XIII-2, apparently.

    Comment by Anonymous

    No! not until Final Fantasy 15 is release, then SE can die..

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:20 20/07/2013 # ! Good (+0.6)

    As a mobile card game.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:24 20/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    im gonna cry.again.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:51 20/07/2013 # ! Good (+0.8)

    Now this is just insulting and depressing. Star Ocean is one of my favorite RPGs of all time, please go bankrupt already Square Enix.

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    Comment by Benoist
    11:35 20/07/2013 # ! Good (+0.6)

    coming soon : "FF : my little horsebird - friendship no kizuna" where you can tend and dress hundreds of chocobo which do nothing. And "draque -domain quest", where you can grow your city and fields, in which adventurers you attract spend their loot in your shops and inns and...nope, they just pass by to say "buy our wonderful DLC".

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    Comment by Naoe
    11:55 20/07/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    about the chocobo one, they already released a agme like taht for facebook and smartphone.

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    Comment by Benoist
    19:56 20/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    i... er... zetsubou shita.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:44 20/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Even Kafuka Fuura will kill herself if she know how shitty Square Enix have become.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:21 20/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Goddamnit don't give them any ideas, you asshole!

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