STAR OCEAN: THE LAST HOPE Releases for Xbox 360


February 24, 2009
 

STAR OCEAN:
THE LAST HOPE BLASTS OFF FOR XBOX 360 TODAY

 

Square Enix Delivers
Highly Anticipated Prequel to North American Fans

Square Enix, Inc.,
the publisher of Square Enix® interactive entertainment products in North
America, announced today that STAR OCEAN®: THE LAST HOPE™ for the Xbox 360®
video game and entertainment system from Microsoft has shipped to retailers
in
North America. The
title is a prequel to the acclaimed futuristic space opera RPG series, STAR
OCEAN, and is the franchise’s first entry on Xbox 360.

Development studio tri-Ace Inc.
delivers spectacular new visuals alongside exhilarating real-time battles
with this highly anticipated prequel. STAR OCEAN: THE LAST HOPE is the first
installment in the series in which players will be able to control their own
spaceship, moving from planet to planet as they explore the vastness of
space. This unique RPG experience also allows players to seamlessly switch
between characters in-game and engage in team-oriented combat as they
advance through the captivating storyline.

Launching today in North America
shortly after the game’s release in Japan last week, Square Enix continues
to deliver global simultaneous launches for its fans around the world.

 


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.

 


FEATURES


  • 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 and visual effects only
    possible on Xbox 360


  • 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


  • Freely 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 cutscenes for the acclaimed FINAL FANTASY®
    series


 


STAR OCEAN: THE LAST HOPE is rated T (Teen). Please visit the Entertainment
Software Rating Board (ESRB) website at



www.esrb.org

 for
more information about ratings. STAR OCEAN: THE LAST HOPE is 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/
.