TGS 2008: Star Ocean 4 arriving March 3

First current-gen console installment of Square Enix JRPG series will hit Xbox 360s early next year; due in Japan February 19.

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Even before the Xbox 360 had its name, it had Japanese role-playing games in development for it. Since Microsoft announced a deal with Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi in February 2005, the company has repeatedly sought to bring high-profile JRPGs to its platform.

At E3 2008, Microsoft announced a deal with Square Enix to release longtime PS3 exclusive Final Fantasy XIII day and date on the 360 in Europe and North America. Other notable 360 JRPGs include The Last Remnant, Infinite Undiscovery, and Tales of Vesperia--which proved so popular that it helped the 360 sell out in Japan.

Today at its 2008 Tokyo Game Show press conference, Microsoft dated the latest 360 JRPG, Star Ocean: The Last Hope. The 360 exclusive will ship on March 3 in the US, nearly two weeks after its February 19, 2009 release in Japan. No retail price has been set yet in either territory.

Star Ocean 4: The Last Hope is developed by Tri-Ace and published by Square Enix. The game is set after World War III, and it follows mankind as it makes its way into outer space. For additional details, check GameSpot's new hands-on preview straight from the 2008 Tokyo Game Show floor.

Discussion

52 comments
Obamamaniac
Obamamaniac

I love SE, but why are they letting tri-ace handle development? They messed up Infinite Undiscovery.... PLEASE DON'T MESS THIS ONE UP TOO!!!!!!!!!

Saije
Saije

Love the Star Ocean series... Always has been such an awesome mix of traditional fantasy and sci-fi elements, cant wait for this title.

Roman16
Roman16

this sucks for ps3 thx god i got both systems well either way is fine by me. Im excited that this game is getting released this spring big time!

Antagonist8503
Antagonist8503

People, this game is gonna be out for PS3, regardless of the claims of exclusivity. Microsoft is employing their strategy for keeping exclusivity for a few months ahead to get a jump on the competition. Kinda like what they did with Rock Band 2. Now, the only question is now, is whether the PS3 release will have extras like Eternal Sonata. Either way, I can GUARANTEE you, beyond a reasonable doubt, that this game will be on the PS3. So if you only have that one system, you may have to wait a little bit longer, maybe 6 months to a year longer sadly.

Derekgilreath93
Derekgilreath93

MAn i wish i had the game right now i think i am going to cry.

Derekgilreath93
Derekgilreath93

MAn i wish i had the game right now i think i am going to cry.

ngnikolaos312
ngnikolaos312

And yet another bullcrap of lies by SquareEnix. Why is Star Ocean IV a X360 exclusive if they support multi-platforming? If they say that FFXIII Versus is going to be released for the X360 this is going to be a major major blow for the PS3. As if Tekken 6 wasn't enough. I'm no fanboy, but I'm concerned about the course of the PS3. Even though it's ironic that X360 and the PS3 are basically battling for the scraps, since Wii easily dominated over both of them.

Kensai_Akira
Kensai_Akira

after world war 3? I thought mankind will fight with stones & sticks instead of voyaging into outer space?

lamprey263
lamprey263

nice, just in time to request it for my birthday :D

holy_
holy_

I hope I can get 360 soon to play this!

Seryll
Seryll

Ironic, Square's doing to Sony as they did to Nintendo so long ago haha. Coulda seen that coming. ;)

Frostnut
Frostnut

I did all SO up to now and I can't believe it's coming out on the 360.I bought a PS3 only to play Square Enix games and they all go on the 360.Why Square why?Please let the PS3 have SO!!!!

km1498
km1498

Sounds good cant wait to get this

BtmnHatesRbn
BtmnHatesRbn

Ah, Star Ocean. Discount-bin fodder. Square games: talked about a lot on video game websites, poor sellers at Wal-Mart, Target, and Best Buy.

MikeySSH
MikeySSH

so looking forward to this game!!

Star-Killer
Star-Killer

Its gonna be a great birthday present

Beesond
Beesond

Holy crap way earlier then I thought, I wont be done with Fable 2, WOTLK, or GOW2 by then, thats awesome.

nelfer320
nelfer320

Yay! I can't wait! The game looks awesome!

Pete5506
Pete5506

Sweet, I will be ready for this

senjutsu
senjutsu

My god! I suppose I'll have to buy an xbox 360 next summer. I already have a ps3, but I can't understand why, now the devs tend to pop their best games exclusively on ONE console. White Knight Story for the PS3, Star Ocean 4 for the X360, etc. White knight is looking better, but I don't care, I want to play both, sadly in a way, lol.

drand24
drand24

I hope this turns out great. I just hope that I'm done with Fable 2, Fallout 3, and last remnant when this comes out

Shadow_Fire41
Shadow_Fire41

the end of this year and the beggining are epic to me, many games i want to play, i am loving this ****! square Enix, Tri Ace, and american companies, you have done a great thing.

siLVURcross
siLVURcross

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siLVURcross
siLVURcross

Chance that it'll come to the PS3, I'll just cross my fingers.

nintendog66
nintendog66

That's awesome! My birthday is March 2nd!

diasflac1985
diasflac1985

honestly im gonna play all the big games, fable 2, gears, fallout, so on just to buy time to play Star Ocean:) cant freakin WAIT!!!

brucies_bubbles
brucies_bubbles

Why can't these companies just put them on both!!! I'm sick and tired of my PS3 exclusives going on both but 360 still getting old PS2 series as exclusives I've got both but if you delay one system so they can release both at the same time (FF13) thats when I get annoyed. Actually prefer playing RPG's on PS3 as

Lionhart_basic
Lionhart_basic

I will have plenty of games (Fable 2, Fallout 3, Gears 2, etc.) to hold me off till then. Still excited!

Loucetios
Loucetios

Rakuho well its not really rumors, its just that SE never said it was exclusive to the 360, just that it was going to the 360, they haven't given any word on any other versions

sinx1971
sinx1971

That's not until next year! By then I could be dead so what's the point?

Ovirew
Ovirew

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Ovirew
Ovirew

yeah I didn't care too much for til the end of time myself. I'm not sure what the first two games in the series were like, but I found it to be just another generic RPG, riding on the coattails of SE's other successes.

ShadowVari
ShadowVari

Awesome news! I'm really hyped for this one :D

Vasot
Vasot

It is a Xbox360 exclusive

Rakuho
Rakuho

rumors say that this is coming to the ps3 as well. but rumors are rumors after all.

ChronoSerge
ChronoSerge

I hope Star Ocean 4 doesn't get met with the delays til the end of time did. And especially I hope the game better voice acting because Til the end of time had AWFUL voice acting. Good for 360 to FINALLY get some RPG's and notable ones at that.

da_illest101
da_illest101

I only played star ocean till the end of time and after two i still didn't finish the second disc, i hope it,s not like that one because the one i brought really suck

da_illest101
da_illest101

i only play star ocean till the end of time but i hate that game so i don't know about that one

EXxile
EXxile

I cannot wait for this game.

OmegaGear
OmegaGear

This game wasn't announced too long ago, and it's already on the horizon. I hope this isn't an early indication of a rushed title, because I really liked Star Ocean 1 and 2. 3 did unneccessary damage to the battle system, and I hope 4 fixes that.

Lord_Pisces
Lord_Pisces

This game is coming out just in time for my birthday! Score one for the good guys.

lightwarrior179
lightwarrior179

Never played a Star Ocean game before. Will need to scout out the older ones before deciding whether this is worth it or not..

Loucetios
Loucetios

I don't think Infinite Undiscovery was notable, just there lol

Cantius
Cantius

Looking forward to it.

kuda001
kuda001

Someone tell me why Tales of Vesperia hasn't launched in the UK and Europe..huh?.