Star Ocean 5 Announced


Square Enix’s announcement of Star Ocean 5, developed by Tri-Ace, is sure to be a bit of a shock to fans – both as the last entry into the franchise was half a decade ago, and because Square Enix’s current condition may not bode well for the new title.

A video released via Star Ocean 5’s official website that chronicles the events of previous games:

While little info about Star Ocean 5 has been divulged, the developers have at least mentioned that the game will more closely resemble Star Ocean 3 than 4 – as well as the fact that it is being developed for PS3 and, amazingly enough for a top mobile developer like Square Enix, PS4.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    03:22 17/04/2015 # ! Good (+0.6)


    Comment by Anonymous
    22:06 16/04/2015 # ! Good (+0.6)

    "the developers have at least mentioned that the game will more closely resemble Star Ocean 3 than 4"

    Oh, so actually decent, and not a steaming pile of shit?

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:24 16/04/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Fuck off, at least the combat system in 4 was pretty fucking amazing and different.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:36 16/04/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    The combat was the only thing it had going for it unfortunately so I understand why people panned it so badly. Even with the combat system if you pushed through too fast in the game certain areas became massive brick walls in progression because it would let you move up to certain points in the game fairly easily then throw a really really hard battle at you that seemed like a huge difficulty step up. There were tons of flow breakers like that in the game which made for an annoying experience. SO3 was far better polished imo and I hope they bring the good things it had and incorporate the good from SO4 and what they learned from the experience. I think it could only result in a better game if they come at it the right way.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:12 17/04/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    I really liked 3. The characters and world felt good. 4 all the characters felt a bit forced, as did the reasoning. The dreaded 'twist' in 3 was actually pretty brilliant, they just executed it in a more playful way rather than going Xenogears/Evangelion style with it.


    Either way, I admit. I did feel like SO didn't get a truly worthy sendoff. Pre-ordering full special edition because I'm grateful they're doing it.

    Then giving the middle finger to the trophies.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:05 17/04/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    You're right about the difficulty jumps sometimes. Usually when that happens, switching character control to Reimi usually helped a lot as she could attack and just backstep evade everything the rest of the time.

    Do that a few battles, and soon enough the enemies aren't that difficult for your level anymore.

    All that was in retrospect though...

    Comment by Anonymous

    4 sucked ass

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:31 17/04/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    So were many of the Ps2 to PS3 transitioned series: i.e. Final Fantasy Xiii , Star Ocean 4 , Midnight Club 4 - just a few examples.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:26 17/04/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Second that

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:46 17/04/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Star Ocean 2 was the best... They should emulate that.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:10 17/04/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    3 was much worse than 4, though they're both pretty bad. At least in 4 you don't spend over half the game on a medieval planet, in a game that's supposed to be about space.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:14 17/04/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Star Ocean 2 had the characters on a low tech planet for 80 percent of the game until you went to Energy Nede.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:20 16/04/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    mmm so4 had a very boring story.. but it did have my fav battle system.

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    Comment by Wierd Guy
    12:01 17/04/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah the combat system was great

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:05 17/04/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Damn yes! I loved Star Ocean 4.. I never saw 3 or 2 so can't say how they compared but damn SO4 was awesome and better than most game release! I want to see SO5!

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:47 17/04/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    I luv the loli fanservice in Star Ocean 4...

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:25 17/04/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    the only good on SO4 is reimi,, man that waifu is so hot!

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:36 17/04/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Nah Myuria is better

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:58 17/04/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    +1 on Reimi ♡_♡

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:02 17/04/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Star Ocean 3 was one of my favorites, but didn't it end that they were actually characters in a video game?

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    Comment by Castian
    09:15 17/04/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yup, excellent game overall, except you realize everything it's just a videogame you are in and your characters are "actually" very well programed NPC, there on the game just turns into a big pile of shit.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:17 17/04/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I don't understand why everyone hated that. It was excellent. The whole concept of it being 4D was a beautiful metaphor. Turn reality on its side, and what exactly would it look like, and that's exactly what a soul that lives many lifetimes would see, a world where they repeat lives. If all you were worried about was killing the drama, yes, that happened a bit because of it, but that didn't make it worse. That idea really was excellent, just perhaps not executed the way people may have liked. Didn't make it a bad concept or idea.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:07 17/04/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    SO4 was lame because it was an xbox 360 exclusive

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:11 17/04/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    It got an international version for the PS3.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:11 17/04/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Most anticipated game right here, SO3 was one of my favorite games.

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    Comment by Kohaku
    21:48 18/04/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Square: PS3, PS4! Just kidding, it's only Android/iOS as always, and it's a card game.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:28 18/04/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Would it be too hard for them to remake the first two games for last gen consoles (not handheld)

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:30 19/04/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    You mean like how they re-released FF6 and made it look like a cross between a 10 year old's art project and a facebook game?

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:08 18/04/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    sounds like they are ruining every franchise they can before the sinking ship is finally put out of its misery.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:28 17/04/2015 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by Anonymous
    12:50 20/04/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    why don't we fuck your mom instead?

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:31 17/04/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    SO4 Battle Style with SO3 level non-shitty cast and storyline?! And more references to SO2 while continuing to be a dick and not give us their items?!

    Take all my money, do it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:35 17/04/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Maria Traydor Best Girl!

    Comment by Anonymous
    Comment by Anonymous
    04:13 17/04/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    So does anyone else believe that the 4D beings rescued the 3D universe at the end of Star Ocean Till the End of time? There was a post game scene that had them returning to Styx only to find that the time gate was inactive. It's entirely likely the 4D beings cut off the 3D universe and left it alone, or their link to the Eternal Sphere was lost.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:12 18/04/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    no, if shepard selected the blue color scheme, then the game ends well, because 4D beings to the 3D. then space travel. i hear it's amazing when the famous stuffed purple worm in flap jaw space, with the tuning fork, does a raw blink on hara kiri rock... error. i don't know what the hell i'm talking about.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Fuckkkk just bring Chrono series already.

    Comment by Anonymous

    funny sankaku makes a post about this shit series but not one about the most anticipated jrpg of the year, Persona 5. The reveal video on youtube has nearly 3 millions views which makes it be more popular than this shit game and even FFXV.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:49 17/04/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Persona is gay (literally full of LGBT characters). Fuck high school. I don't want to play a game about being social in a high school setting with a bunch of homos.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:47 17/04/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Stuff your Persona crap with its emotionless MC and boring gameplay into the next bin. The only thing that might be called funny is how you compare a several weeks old video to a new leak...

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:52 17/04/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Blow these unoverused Persona nuts! Cliche Shounen "Nekama saves all!" protagonists dominate this series just like most other JRPGs. At least Persona has proven to be more original and interesting (modern urban setting blows shitty medieval fantasy into the been there/done that garbage can). Persona fucks this series and almost every other JRPG series in their "can't tell the difference between them anymore" asses.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:39 17/04/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    I prefer the end game of SO3 compared to the persona series.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Star Ocean 3 is like Capcoms Devil May Cry 2, it'll never have a story beyond said game because they fucked up badly.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:10 16/04/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    i'm sorry but thats bullshit, the game was quite good, besides one plot point that you either take it or leave it.

    SO4 is the DMC2 of Star Ocean series

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    Comment by Riiku
    02:07 17/04/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Lol, you mean that moment when it was revealed that all the shit that happened in 90% of the game was in virtual reality and then boom, you're suddenly in real world and facing final boss. Yeah, that was shitty and kill all the mood the story build up quite successfully up till this point. No SO for me after that.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:27 17/04/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    It doesn't kill a sequel at all. *SPOILERS FOLLOW* In fact it can be re-used very effectively. Most people just don't have any imagination. And the same people who don't have imagination thought it was a shitty plot twist. Execution of killing drama was only because you land in a carnival, and that was just a choice that backfired for many, but not all, and not a bad concept. The idea that the world ending transitioned into a carnival made my jaw drop and just go "Ohhhhh niiiice job!" at how they made you shift perspectives. The drama shifted more than dropped, but the shift also just made some people feel betrayed. What most don't understand is that they weren't NPCs in an MMO as we see it, it's a metaphor for reality and the concept of a higher soul.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:09 17/04/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Thanks for seeing my point. It appears some people didn't understand what I was getting at there, as the universe being created by 4D beings kinda kills any chance for a sequel.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:37 16/04/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    I don't even know what you are talking about. SO3 was an amazing game.

    Comment by WEL
    00:00 17/04/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    it was good. Barely....

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:56 16/04/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think he meant because SO3 *spoilers* blew up the entirety of reality at the end. Kinda hard to follow up after that.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:38 17/04/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    umm....SO5 is taking place in S.D 537 which is about 200years b4 SO3. Unless they try to expand the game into 4D world, S03 will always be the final point of the story.

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    Comment by Mangonel
    02:24 17/04/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    They could always just make it canon that the SO world survived deletion.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:11 17/04/2015 # ! Neutral (0)


    That's a given. Luther/Lucifers sister was monitoring the deletion as it happened and mysteriously vanished before the universe went blank. It's entirely likely that as their minds were real they couldn't be deleted, so without any kind of universe there they were simply floating in nothingness until the Sphere Company restored the universe.

    There was a post game scene where they returned to Styx and the time gate was inactive, that could just be the 4D beings feeling like dicks for supporting luther/Lucifer and cutting the link until they decide what to do next.

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