Update: Here's the new trailer for Star Ocean 5: Integrity and Faithlessness.
Original story below.
The latest issue of Famitsu reveals a brand new entry in the Star Ocean series is on the way with the title, Star Ocean 5: Integrity and Faithlessness. Square Enix will be publishing the title, with tri-Ace handling development duties. Although only 30% complete, details were included about the setting, characters, battle system, and plans for the series’ future.
The game is set in the year 537 on the space calendar, so those who are familiar with the series will note that it takes place between Star Ocean 2 and 3. According to Kotaku, the game’s prologue reads:
Do the depths of space forbid peace for mankind —
Centuries after leaving Earth, after a multitude of trials, with the creation and spread of the ‘Galactic Federation,’ humanity was on the verge of unified order and peace.
But the embers of conflict have begun to burn again.
Over 6,000 light years from Earth, on the unsettled planet, ‘Faicreed.’
Just as so many times before, the waves of history begin from a remote planet.
Three of the games main characters were revealed:
Fidel Camus - The first of two main heroes, who specializes in fencing and protects his village with skills learned from his father.
Miki Sorvesta - Our other hero, who is a lifelong friend of Fedel and has healing abilities.
Lilia - A mysterious girl with no memories or emotions.
Battles in Star Ocean 5 won’t deviate too much from the successful formula in previous entries. Typically described as an action-RPG, the game will include real-time action focusing on timing and building combos. Some of the boss battles will require precise strategy and teamwork. In the Famitsu interview, the staff shares that “depending on the distance between you and the enemy, the way you attack changes, and pushing buttons consecutively will trigger combos.”
Producer Shuichi Kobayashi shared his inspiration for the game’s development: “For Star Ocean 5, I wanted the game to overtly take cues from Star Ocean 3 and draw its essence from that game.”
No details on the release date were revealed.