Star Ocean 4 Officially Headed to PlayStation 3

By Chris Faylor, Sep 16, 2009 12:01pm PDT

Following up on the Xbox 360 release of Star Ocean: The Last Hope earlier this year, publisher Square Enix today announced that an "International" edition of tri-Ace's sci-fi action-RPG will arrive worldwide on PlayStation 3 come February 9, 2010.

The long-expected PlayStation 3 edition (Square never billed the game as an Xbox 360 exclusive) will bundle a variety of language choices--"English and Japanese voice options" and "English, French, Italian, German, Spanish and Japanese language options"--and apparently packs a new auto-targeting feature.

Nearly identical fact sheets for the earlier Xbox 360 and upcoming PlayStation 3 editions can be found below, illustrating how "amazing graphics and visual effects only possible on Xbox 360" have been replaced with "amazing graphics through Blu-ray Disc."

PlayStation 3 Fact Sheet (September 16, 2009)

  • 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 through Blu-ray Disc

  • 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

  • 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 cut scenes for the acclaimed FINAL

    FANTASY series

  • In addition to English and Japanese voice options, the PlayStation 3

    system version will include English, French, Italian, German, Spanish

    and Japanese language options for STAR OCEAN fans around the world

  • Xbox 360 Fact Sheet (February 24, 2009)

  • 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(R) series

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