Star Ocean to set sail early

Square Enix's Xbox 360 sci-fi role-playing game release date moved up a week to February 24.

Square Enix announced today that the release date for the Xbox 360-exclusive sci-fi role-playing game Star Ocean: The Last Hope has been moved up to February 24. Previously, the game was expected on store shelves on March 3.

The fourth proper installment in the Star Ocean franchise, The Last Hope is being developed by Tri-Ace and will be published by Square Enix. The game is set after World War III and follows humankind as it makes its way into outer space.

For more on Star Ocean: The Last Hope, check GameSpot's hands-on coverage from the 2008 Tokyo Game Show floor.

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daddyslttlpiggy
daddyslttlpiggy

in my opinion they released the game early so they did not have to compete with halo wars. a smart choice if you ask me because the game may not have made as much with out doing so.

Ragorath
Ragorath

Looking forward to this , loved SO3 and that nice aproach to rpg. And @NikBzero, what the hell do those have to do with the star ocean series? on consoles RPGs like FF and SO, id say the second largest fanbase is for the star ocean series, and since SE so kindly delayed ff13 to 2095(or close enought) im getting this. Now, i also have ps3 and why the hell are they making it exclusive for xbox360 instead of a double platform or ps3 exclusive? i get that xbox360 might be dong better than ps3 right now, but since SO has always been for ps1, psp, ps2, what the hell? starting to dislike SE alot.....

lordrave
lordrave

Hurm, if this is time exclusive for xbox 360, A year is not a minute, just to enjoy a game that was released around 2009, fellow PS3 owner must wait for 2010 to get their hands on this? Man, they will be pissed off. Seeing Other people already finished it a year ago, just to finally enjoy the same game. So it's better be exclusive unless its a timed exclusive for a month or two. Same cycle will be repeated, more games coming for 360 first, then the left-over goes to PS3. There's no Hope. Im not being negative aite? Stating the truth.

StealthOpsX
StealthOpsX

Btw.....this game was dubbed a 360 exclusive. So I doubt PS3 owners will see it on their system anytime soon. Then again you guys did get bioshock over a year later so there is always hope.

StealthOpsX
StealthOpsX

wow ppl. so negative. have we forgotten that tri ace is at the helm of this project? SO TTEOT was a behemoth of an RPG. Any fan should know whats going to be packaged as far as content. An above average story, tons of playable characters. Enough content to satisfy the leisure gamer, and enough end game bonus dungeons for the hardcore who want to push their skills to the limits. Can anyone recall the insane amount of time spent crafting weapons and level grinding needed (200+ lvs) to take on Freya? Not to mention insane battle trophies like taking down Luther (the final story boss) at lv 1. I for one, am really excited for the next installment. I just hope they carry over the BTs to this installment.

method115
method115

@ ShadoweaverCode Amen to that my PS3 was so boring I sold it. I got an xbox 360 cause it was $200 and I haven't had so much fun gaming in a long time. GOW is just an amazing series I love every bit of action in those games. Mass Effect was amazing as well left me wanting for more. PS3 just doesn't have any series that interest me other then God of War. God of War doesn't come out for a while so I might jsut wait for more price drops and then get one.

vaskaville
vaskaville

If a game is set to release early that's a bad sign. But the game looks awesome.

NikBZero
NikBZero

I don't not worry about the UK date we all know this on will flop as bad as Unidiscovery and Last Reminant did.

rockutd
rockutd

Well loooks like a typical JP RPG.

Band-it
Band-it

(Tu2pac) you have the best avtar xenogear sigh.. i remember those days the best damnn RPG in the world. they dont make RPG like they use to i think they focus more on visual arts then the story sigh.. on day it will all return

TheKvazzy
TheKvazzy

i will wait for ps3 release to

Taosaurus
Taosaurus

I'll wait for the PS3 version with lots of extra content.

Kal_Thull
Kal_Thull

Huh, I tried playing one of them before, I got like 32hrs into it and I found out that I was only really 15hrs. into the actual game. to much to do for my taste, so i'll stick to F.F.

Binarynova
Binarynova

Looking forward to another RPG. I really enjoyed Lost Odyssey last year and I got Tales of Vesperia for Christmas but I haven't been able to really get into it yet.

tu2pac
tu2pac

@majestix1988: I can only hope the Halo boys ignore this game so it will find it's way to the PS3.

majestix1988
majestix1988

its a second experimental game sale on 360 like renmant... if this game fails on japanese market....it will start multiplatrom

Flipyap28
Flipyap28

Please SE, dont do a namco bandai on us, can the UK date be the same...I want this so badly

Spiff_Rocks
Spiff_Rocks

I want this game so much, hoping UK wont have to wait

4163982838
4163982838

The UK relase date isn't announced yet. I don't think it's considered a rush job because they only fast forward the date by a week. I doubt much could of been done in a weeks time anyway.

jackmb
jackmb

Is this game coming out in the uk?

ryanfranklin
ryanfranklin

I feel just like Rizer, all these big rpg's that have been supposed to be great when they come out have had some kind of problem, I really need Star Ocean or FFXIII to pull out the big numbers.

Rizer
Rizer

Hopefully "early" doesn't mean "rush job". I really needs an awesome RPG right about now.

KyoValdez
KyoValdez

The Zombies want a PS3 version, or they're going to start eating some brains. Oh no, here they come, AHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

flyingteddy
flyingteddy

i wouldn't have minded this on ps3, but Star Ocean is not enough for me to buy an xbox for!

fmprodguy
fmprodguy

Generalmojo & jimbob 1977 = Sad Fanbois who sold there soul to a console. I own all three consoles, if you don't like one of them get over it and grow up. Fanbois make all people who play games look bad, and are one of the biggest reasons this industry gets no respect. Oh and if you don't like (insert console here) please... STAY OFF THEIR BOARDS and THEIR NEWS.

jimbob_1977
jimbob_1977

damn, and all us poor PS3 owners have to look forward to is....oh yeah, KILLZONE 2 AND iNFAMOUS - so long 360 suckers!

Generalmojo
Generalmojo

give it up m$, u cannot stop KZ2, first halo wars, now this lool :S look what m$ is doing wid there games lol, dont you see it :D (Go on lems give me a thumbs down!)

ShadoweaverCode
ShadoweaverCode

Definitely looking forward to this. Smart move on MS's part to secure this as exclusive. Should definitely help get the message out there that MS will pay big $$ to get the games that everyone wants to play on the 360. They are really taking care of the gamers, which can't be said about Sony who seems to be focusing on everything BUT the games.

jmartin1016
jmartin1016

Hope it's better than infinite undiscovery. What was up with that game? Maybe that was Tri-Ace's throwawy first try and SO will be the real deal.

NeoNavarro
NeoNavarro

Looking forward to playing this on the 360! I hope Square sends more of it's games on the way to the xbox!

Kale_Akaisura
Kale_Akaisura

Cheers to SE for pushing up the release date by a week. I know if it came out on March 3rd, some might have to choose between getting this march 3rd, or saving money for Resident Evil 5. Based on the person, I think most would save for Resi 5 and hold off on the game for a few weeks if they're on a tight income. That's just my humble opinion. Only problem i'm going to have now is whether or not to get this or Halo Wars first. Hopefully, by that time, I'll have my refund check and i can get both. Here's hoping this doesn't get average scores, or below average.

zgreenwell
zgreenwell

The fanbase may be shaky after 3, but one and 2 were some of the greatest games of all time.

siLVURcross
siLVURcross

Sales don't look good for this game with such a shaky fanbase.

SaberStrike
SaberStrike

I have both systems, and enjoy each for different reasons... so I am playing devils advocate here, not being a jerk.... why is it "quite obvious" that RPGs will sell more on the PS3?

TheTenth10
TheTenth10

Sad thing that today developers can be paid to say a game will never be released on another console when they know it will be developed for PS3 one day ; some examples of other games we were lied to : Lost Planet, Bioshock, Eternal Sonata, "will NEVER be released on PS3!". The payoff Microsoft gives them is only meant to compensate the money they lose by not selling millions of games on PS3. It's quite obvious that RPGs will sell more on PS3 so they can't miss the opportunity to release the game on PS3.

Octaaf7
Octaaf7

It must be a good game if Microsoft pays to let Star Ocean: The Last Hope get on X360 exclusive!

D3dr0_0
D3dr0_0

A FPS and JRPG dont compete with eachother fanboys.

joopyme
joopyme

They're that desperate to top Killzone 2? lol, anyway business move, business move.. i applaud microsoft for their decisions in marketing and advertising, but these move along with moving Halo Wars up, shows small signs of desperation... anyway, not a first day buy for me, i'll buy the game after i buy Valkyria Chronicles...

Norgavue
Norgavue

Didn't even know this was coming out at all. May have to get this.

khaos12a
khaos12a

Not the best series ever. Just looks dumb next to a final fantasy game. 2 & 3 were just kinda mediocre

lamprey263
lamprey263

I see a nice bump in X360 console sales in Japan over this, might even be the spike in sales that'll push X360 console sales past the 1 million mark

Ovirew
Ovirew

I might get this game, I really don't know yet. I had Till the End of Time when that came out, but it was so-so, and exploring every little nook and cranny of every area in the game was a pain in the butt. I felt that the Tales games (Symphonia & Vesperia) were just much more fun and I wanted to play them and get farther on them than Star Ocean 3. I would advise anyone interested in buying Star Ocean 4, to rent it (or try the demo if they make one) and then compare it to Tales of Vesperia, to determine whether or not it's worth a buy.

neovalkyr
neovalkyr

I have read the 7 or so pages xbox360 famitsu has printed about this game and im looking foward to it. It looks amazing.

DarknessMageX
DarknessMageX

"Uh-oh... it's releasing early... it's like the devs are giving up at trying to polish the game and would rather just move on or something..." ...huh? It's being released **a week early**! How much polishing do you think they would have gotten done in seven days?

habit0422
habit0422

@ Fusion_Master Wow that's a lot of crying from just one person. In the end you can only blame yourself for not have access to certain games by assuming third party developers had to release their games with one certain brand. Anyways I can't wait for this game, I might even release the inner nerd in me and finally use vacation time just to marathon this game. Last year we got Tales of Vesperia which was the most gaming fun I had in a while, and based on the previews and few videos this will be sweet to.

Zombunny
Zombunny

square could we have kingdom hearts 3 please