Square Enix has released Star Ocean: The Second Story R on PC (Steam), PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and Switch ($49.99).

I’m guessing the “R” stands for remake, as this is a 2.5D remake of the 1999 sequel to the original Star Ocean.

The Second Story takes place 25 years after the first game, and stars human federation officer Claude, and Nedian Rena, a girl on a quest to save her people.

Unlike many RPGs of the time (and many today), the Star Ocean series features real-time combat. Players control one character while AI commands can be given to other party members. Throughout the adventure, players can recruit up to six other companions.

Aside from the rebuilt graphics, the remake features new difficulty settings, a rearranged soundtrack, and full Japanese and English voice options.

“When we first announced the game, the fan response we heard from around the world was incredibly exciting,” said Kei Komaki, Producer. “Throughout the development of Star Ocean: Second Story R, we often found new ways to appreciate the original game, and seeing others share that passion with us was amazing. Now that the game has launched, we are thrilled that players will be able to see our full vision – a reimagining made for fans new and old.”

Star Ocean: The Second Story is widely considered the best game in the series. The remake was developed by Gemdrops, and a demo is available on Steam, PlayStation, and Switch digital stores. It’s rated T for Teen.


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