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.

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