Promotional trailer for HD port streamed
Square Enix announced on Tuesday that it will release Star Ocean First Departure R, an HD port with new features of its Star Ocean First Departure remake game, in the west and in Japan on December 5. The game will launch digitally for the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch.
Square Enix began streaming a promotional trailer:
The enhanced HD port will have the original Japanese and English voice casts from the game's PlayStation Portable version. It will also feature a newly recorded version, featuring the voice cast from the original Super Famicom version in Japanese, which was previously released in Japan only. Additionally, players can choose between the original character illustrations from Star Ocean First Departure or new character illustrations drawn by Katsumi Enami (Star Ocean: The Last Hope). The port will also have a speed mode and adjusted game balance. Pre-orders for the PS4 version include a commemorative PS4 theme and a digital mini soundtrack from the Star Ocean Live 2019 concert.
Enix released the first Star Ocean game for the Super Famicom in 1996, and then Square Enix released Star Ocean First Departure as a remake on the PlayStation Portable in 2007. tri-Ace developed both games.
Enami (original character designer for Baccano!, Restaurant to Another World franchises) is serving as character illustrator. The company revealed the character illustrations for (from left to right) Roddick Farrence, Millie Chliette, and Dorne Murtough.