The first game in the beloved Star Ocean series is getting the remaster treatment. Star Ocean First Departure R is set to release in December and includes a lot of modern and original features. See them all and watch the trailer below.
Before there was Fayt, prior to Claude and Rena, long before Edge’s time, there was Roddick, the first to embark on a quest within the sea of stars. Roddick’s time was within the first Star Ocean game, Star Ocean First Departure.
The game initially released solely in Japan in 1996 for the Super Famicom. It wouldn’t hit west until 2008 for the now-retired PSP. Now, almost 23 years after its first release, Star Ocean First Departure is making its return, once again.
This is the announcement trailer for Star Ocean First Departure R (R stands for Remastered).
Star Ocean First Departure R will release on December 5, 2019 for Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4. As you heard from the trailer, the remastered game will feature both Japanese and English voiceover casts, including the original cast from the 1996 version. More details, below:
- Full Voiceover – Players can choose between the original full voice cast from the PSP® system version of the game in either Japanese or English, or the newly recorded version, featuring the voice cast from the original Super Famicom version in Japanese, which was previously released in Japan only.
- New Character Illustrations – Players can opt for the original character illustrations utilized in STAR OCEAN First Departure, or brand-new versions drawn by the famous illustrator Katsumi Enami (STAR OCEAN: THE LAST HOPE™).
- Speed Mode – Players can speed up movement to traverse the world more quickly.
- Adjusted Game Balance – Adjusted battle difficulty enabling players to enjoy more challenge in combat, a signature quality of the STAR OCEAN series.
With the inclusion of the new and original casts, along with tweaks and illustrations choices, Star Ocean First Departure R looks to be a proud celebration of the game’s origin.
If that wasn’t enough, Square Enix is also rewarding PlayStation 4 owners for pre-ordering the game with a commemorative PlayStation 4 Theme featuring some of the newly drawn character illustrations by Katsumi Enami and pixel art of the main characters (available immediately after pre-ordering), as well as a digital mini soundtrack from the Star Ocean Live 2019 concert (available December 5).
Star Ocean First Departure R releases December 5, 2019 on Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4. To pre-order, click here.