After a week of torturing fans with a teaser website that slowly revealed letters, Square Enix has given in and officially announced Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness. The surprise was rushed out due to a leak by Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu, but Square Enix is rolling with the punches and moving forward with the earlier than planned announcement.
Although Square Enix was slightly caught off guard, the company seemed to be ready for the Star Ocean 5 reveal anyway and kicked things off with a retrospective reveal trailer. The series trailer offers new and old fans a look at the current history of the Star Ocean franchise.
We don’t know too much about the upcoming sequel yet, but we do know that it will be released exclusively on PS3 and PS4. The RPG will feature real-time combat developed by tri-Ace. To offer a sneak peek and what the development team has been up to, and how the game will help Square Enix return to its roots, the team has also released two screenshots highlight one of the game’s major cities and two of the characters.
The trailer attempts to tackle the difficult task of getting fans caught up on the game’s previous installments. As the series makes the jump to current-gen consoles, it does seem like an ideal time to win over some new gamers. The Star Ocean viral marketing has definitely helped, but it will take more than that to sell audiences on the RPG. There is the possibility that the long history of the series may scare some consumers off, but abandoning the numerical title for Integrity and Faithlessness is a good way of making the series seem less scary.
It’s a bit disappointing that the trailer is more about the past than the future, but it definitely reminds us why the series is so beloved and just how exciting it will be to return to the space fantasy setting. Hopefully a follow up trailer will give us a closer look at the new game.
We’re excited to see how impressive the game looks on the PS4, but initial reports indicate that the PS3 is the lead platform and the PS4 port will follow. We hope that the final product looks and feels like a current-gen game, since it will likely be released more than two years into the console’s lifecycle.
What do you think of the Star Ocean teaser trailer? Do you think the game will appeal to fans who are new to the series? Let us know in the comments.
Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness will be available on PS3 and PS4 at some point in the future.
Source: Square Enix