Square Enix Brings Star Ocean The Last Hope: International to PlayStation 3

September 16, 2009

Square Enix Brings Star Ocean The
Last Hope: International to PlayStation 3

Latest Installment in Hit Series to Ship on February 9, 2010 in North America

Square Enix, Inc. announced today that
it is publishing STAR OCEAN THE LAST HOPE: INTERNATIONAL for PlayStation 3. This latest installment in the acclaimed RPG
franchise will ship simultaneously across the globe, and will be available in
North America on February 9, 2010.

With the launch of STAR OCEAN THE LAST HOPE: INTERNATIONAL, PlayStation 3
system users will be able to explore the fantastical science fiction world of
this hit prequel to the STAR OCEAN series. In addition to English and Japanese
voice options, this PlayStation 3 system version will include six language
options in English, French, Italian, German, Spanish and Japanese for STAR OCEAN
fans around the world to enjoy.

Celebrated development studio tri-Ace Inc. delivers spectacular visuals and a
unique RPG experience in STAR OCEAN THE LAST HOPE: INTERNATIONAL, in which
players can control their own spaceship, moving from planet to planet as they
explore the vastness of space. The refined gameplay features dynamic four-person
team-oriented combat and the capability to seamlessly switch between characters
during battle. STAR OCEAN THE LAST HOPE: INTERNATIONAL also improves upon the
innovative real-time battle system that has become a trademark of the STAR OCEAN
franchise.

STORY

The year is A.D. 2087. In the aftermath of World War III, Earth has been
ravaged and the population decimated by a deteriorating environment. The
countries that survived have joined together to form the Greater Unified Nations
and turned their eyes skyward…to space.

Edge Maverick and his childhood friend Reimi Saionji are chosen as pioneer
members of the Space Reconnaissance Force, which was created to seek out new
worlds beyond the stars. Their ship, the Calnus, takes its place on the lunar
launch pad along with four other starships of the first reconnaissance fleet.
These ships – humanity’s last hope – blast off one-by-one and sail into the
awaiting wormhole that leads to the vast star ocean.

And so, Edge and his crew begin their voyage in search of a new haven for
humanity…and a second chance.

  • Combines sci-fi and fantasy elements, spanning multiple planets and the
    vastness of space itself to recount the origins of the STAR OCEAN universe

  • Item creation and Private Actions, two hallmarks of the STAR OCEAN
    franchise, also make their return, allowing for players to enjoy upgraded
    versions of both systems

  • Exhilarating combat expands upon the franchise’s dynamic real-time battle
    system, now featuring amazing graphics through Blu-ray Disc

  • Up to four characters can take part in battles simultaneously and party
    members can be switched mid-battle

  • New Blindside battle system fuses evasion and offense, enabling players to
    confuse and ambush enemies by quickly moving out of their line of sight when
    targeted

  • Pilot the Calnus spaceship for the first time in the series and journey to
    various planets of the STAR OCEAN universe

  • Features breathtaking CG movies by Visual Works, the cutting-edge studio
    whose previous work includes cut scenes for the acclaimed FINAL FANTASY series

  • In addition to English and Japanese voice options, the PlayStation 3
    system version will include English, French, Italian, German, Spanish and
    Japanese language options for STAR OCEAN fans around the world

STAR OCEAN: THE LAST HOPE launched earlier this year for the Xbox 360.

STAR OCEAN THE LAST HOPE:
INTERNATIONAL is not yet rated.
STAR OCEAN THE LAST HOPE: INTERNATIONAL will be available at North American
retailers for the suggested retail price of $59.99 (USD). The official website
can be found at http://na.square-enix.com/starocean/.