Star Ocean: First Departure R Announced by Square Enix

Star Ocean: First Departure R Announced by Square Enix

The Star Ocean RPG series looks to have seen a welcome resurgence these days, with two world-spanning entries seeing release in recent years: 2016’s mainline five-quel Integrity and Faithlessness and 2017’s 4K remaster of The Last Hope. Keeping this train rolling, it appears the franchise is headed back to the beginning for their next big installment, but in a way that’s almost sure to spawn oodles of out-of-this-world “yo dawg” memes.

Square Enix has now announced that Star Ocean: First Departure R, an HD remake of the series’ first adventure, is on the way for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch. As the original game already saw an updated take for the PSP called ‘First Departure’, this new version would actually be a remake of that 2007 title, putting First Departure R in the unique position of being a remake of a remake.

The reimagining’s reveal was made over social media, where message of a “transmission incoming” was paired with an official piece of arwork for the inagural entry. No additional information such as a potential release window or price were made available, but fans were encouraged to “keep communication channels open for further updates.”

The original original Star Ocean launched back in 1996 as a Japan-only release for the Super Famicom, making the eventual PSP remake the first time many westerners were able to experience the first game firsthand. This 2007 version of the game featured numerous enhancements, introducing multi-language localization, a spiffy 3D game engine, and full voice acting for each of the game’s characters. As Star Ocean: First Departure R is a remake on top of a remake, it’s expected we might see yet another jump forward for the first game’s re-reemergence.

What do you think? Are you excited to have Star Ocean: First Departure R on the horizon, or are you just wondering whether there’ll ever be a version for PC? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to follow Don’t Feed the Gamers on Twitter and Facebook to be informed of the latest gaming and entertainment news 24 hours a day! For more headlines recently featured on DFTG, check out these next few news stories:

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Phone-browsing Wikipedia in one hand and clutching his trusty controller in the other, the legendary Eric Hall spreads his wealth of knowledge as a writer for Don't Feed the Gamers. Be sure to catch his biweekly "Throwback Thursday" segment for a nostalgic look at trivia from the past.


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