Voice actors surf PSP Star Oceans

Japanese cast of handheld remakes appear at Square Enix Party, leak some additional tidbits of information; no new Star Ocean 4 details.

MAKUHARI--Two days ago, Square Enix announced it is resurrecting the first two installments of its Star Ocean series on the PSP with new characters and voice acting. Today at the Square Enix Party 2007, the publisher revealed the voice cast for the two new games, Star Ocean: First Departure and Star Ocean: Second Evolution. The roster of actors that will be playing the main roles in the two titles is listed below.

PSP Star Ocean characters will be quite chatty, apparently.

Star Ocean: First Departure
Ratix Farrence - Mamoru Miyano
Milly Kiliet - Hitomi Nabatame
Marvel Frozen - Houko Kuwashima
Fear Mell - Megumi Toyoguchi

Star Ocean: Second Evolution
Claude C. Kenni - Daisuke Namikawa
Rena Lanford - Nana Mizuki
Dias Flac - Tomokazu Sugita
Precis F. Neumann - Rie Kugimiya

Early in the morning, Square Enix held a stage show featuring the voice actors together, which attracted an attendance of well over 600 people. As happens during many live events, the voice actors leaked some extra tidbits of information that weren't disclosed at the press conference two days ago.

While Square Enix previously confirmed that the games will feature voices, they didn't clarify how much dialogue the games would contain. The actors confirmed that the games will feature extensive vocal work, including conversations in the "private action" system. Rena Lanford voice actress Nana Mizuki commented that she received a box full of scripts at her office, all of which were for Second Evolution.

The developers are taking their time in making the PSP Star Oceans more than just simple remakes. In a statement, series producer Yoshinori Yamagishi said that he wants the remakes to feel as though they're completely new games. Apparently, he's not just saying that. The voice actors revealed that, despite the games' lengthy scripts, they still haven't started recording yet. As it turns out, the scripts aren't yet finished, due to the addition of extensive new scenarios and characters.

Square Enix didn't disclose any new details on Star Ocean 4, which was also announced this week during its stage show at the Party. "We are currently hard at work in making Star Ocean 4 (working title), so that it will be worthy of being considered the latest installment in the series," was all Yamagishi's statement said.

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Coldpanda
Coldpanda

SO4 Is comming out for the ps3 and 360 most likely. It is very very very unlikely it will only be comming out for the ps3 because not many people have one.

ManaNick
ManaNick

I can't wait for this game!!!!!! It was very fun on the PSX :D

Shadow_Fire41
Shadow_Fire41

'reads again' in a situation like this' turns on song 'Snap your fingers' by lil Jon' THE HAPPY MOSES DANCE!!!!!!!!!!11Q 'starts dancing'

Shadow_Fire41
Shadow_Fire41

so theres going to be a rmake of the original star ocean which didn't come to america, the second one which did, both with voice acting AND MORE PLAYABLE CHAERCTERS!!!!??? not to mention the last remnant, and plz not be a lie, star ocean 4, God, you have answered my prayers and more, this makes me so happy, it isn't even funny!

ffgameman
ffgameman

A remake of SO 2 sounds nice. Great Playstation game that I shouldn't have sold after finishing it.

StarlinkX
StarlinkX

I can't wait, I love the SO games, with the 2nd story being my fav.

Miracle_Air
Miracle_Air

I thought SO:TTEOT pretty much closed any possiblity of there being a 4th game, considering the BULL**** climax where you find out everything is all just one big game or some crap like that. If they make an SO4, they better fix the freaking story cause that "twist" pissed me off to the point of no longer playing.

TimoTheThug
TimoTheThug

can't wait for it, i had so much fun with part 2

blackIceJoe
blackIceJoe

Any chance these games will come out in the US or Europe. I loved these games back in the day and would like to play them again and this time on the PSP.

kyo_tetsuei
kyo_tetsuei

Wow, really big-name voice actresses for the second Star Ocean... I was going to pick it up anyway, but now I'm even more excited. Mizuki Nana is extremely talented, and I'm hoping that her addition means some kind of theme song where she sings the vocals, but Kugimiya Rie I'm not too sure about, although the character of Precis is exactly what she's typecast to voice, so... more power to Square Enix for that, I suppose.

AceCometh
AceCometh

The voice actors are just a gimmick. I could care less if they're known voice actors or not, just as long as they do a good job selling it.

PSPZero
PSPZero

WOO-HOO STAR OCEAN THE SERIES IS PWNAGE!!! WOOT!!!

Cantius
Cantius

I'm thinking SO4 is for the ps2.

lew_0911
lew_0911

This time, charge the batteries for your blaster, eh Claude?

Zacek
Zacek

Great news! I love the SO series!

FallenAngel
FallenAngel

I hope the two remakes see stateside release. Star Ocean Second Story was quite a good game, while the first Star Ocean, from the little I've played of the Super Famicom version, looked pretty good too.

seamusb
seamusb

Star Ocean: The Second Story was great. My second favorite PS game, FF VII being No. 1. Also glad to hear about a fourth installment, although I thought the last one kind of fell flat on it's face I still want the series to continue.

DrCLos
DrCLos

Going through all the latest news and wondering why there are sooooo many typos. Seriously it is getting really bad. Are they just trying to pump out the latest stories and editing them later? I hope so. Read the caption for this story... "Japanese cast of handheld remakes remake appear at Square Enix Party" Seriously... "remakes remake" :P

Doolum
Doolum

so for when the english version for PSP of those Star Ocean remakes?

Reddragon9288
Reddragon9288

Another Star Ocean now this is getting good. SOTTEOT was really good, and i hope that SO4 is good as well. Can't wait:D

Arokh_Valdrez
Arokh_Valdrez

yay yay yay yay yay! I love SO! The Second Story is still my favorite game, and Til the End of Time was still really good (although item creation was HORRID). unfortunately, i don't have a PSP.....hopefully more info on 4 comes soon

finaleve
finaleve

If they are remaking the first 2, then shouldn't the second game be called "Star Ocean: The Second Story"? I honestly hope they don't make a completely different story and toss aside the original.

game_player721
game_player721

This is going to be so awesome! I can't wait! I've only played SO:till the end of time and I already think SO is cool!

squall703
squall703

This is great because I never got to play em', well except SO3 and it was good hehe.

ssjdagas
ssjdagas

This is great. SO and SO2 are amazing games =) I didn't like SO3 very much, but these remakes seem to keep true to the original games. I can't recall that SO2 had problems with crashes, maybe a few times, but nothing serious or I would have remembered. Maybe it's because I have the PAL version?

RaiKageRyu
RaiKageRyu

The character models have to look better than that shot up there. It looks worse than most anime styled games.

Goliathvv
Goliathvv

Another dream coming true...

rokkuman09
rokkuman09

Cool, it's good that they are really making the games better than just "simple remakes". Stuff like this can add to the overall game.

Pete5506
Pete5506

I will have to pass on that

iku94
iku94

gotta catch em all lol, im going to buy all of these. Playing SO3 was enough, that game rocks!!!

KingArtorius
KingArtorius

SO2 would crash when the game was loading after battles when the screen would turn black. The screen would turn black and stay black, until I reset the game. It seemed to happen in some parts of the game more than others, but it happened the most in that hidden dungeon that lacked save points.

vaejas
vaejas

"Barrels are interesting, don't you think?"

Zero254
Zero254

Well I can't complain because now I can take SO2 off my psp and get this. I wonder how the voice acting will be. It wasn't bad on the psx SO2 so this should be really good. And the only time the 2nd one crashes is when you do head splitter and you are ike RIGHT DEAD CENTER n the middle of a giant flying bird thingy in the colleseum. Or if you are hackin. You know what, they better get rid of the colleseum glitch where you can get stuck in a battle forever because of elements

JimmeyBurrows
JimmeyBurrows

this is the first time i really feel for the people that said the PSP had nothing... lol I can't wait... I only started playing the Star Ocean series at 3 (till the end of time) and hell YEAH it rules!!! so I'm definately getting these!!! OvERTIME IS NEEDED!!!

KingArtorius
KingArtorius

I can't wait for these two games. I never got to play the first game, as it was never released outside of Japan and the second game crashed alot. These games may be what finally rips me away from Oblivion on the PS3.

crck
crck

Sigh I was hoping for Star Ocean 4 announcement. But this is ok too. never played the first game.

TristanH12
TristanH12

OH man, I have got to get these games now, Comon on I need it.

iAkuma
iAkuma

I think, SO4 will be for PS3 most likely, and one and two have been confirmed for PSP already.