Star Ocean: The Second Story Gets a 2.5D Remake


Star Ocean The Second Story R

By: Jason Siu


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Star Ocean The Second Story R launches November 2, 2023

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Classic RPG fans must be loving all these HD-2D remakes, like LIVE A LIVE. While this isn’t the Chrono Trigger announcement many were hoping for today, Square Enix did reveal Star Ocean The Second Story R, a 2.5D remake of Star Ocean: The Second Story that originally released in 1998 on the original PlayStation. The remake will launch November 2, 2023 on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Switch, and PC.

Today’s trailer showcases the game’s new art style, gameplay, and a rearranged soundtrack by the original composer, Motoi Sakuraba. The remake will bring back many of the game’s original features that made it so iconic, but will also add new gameplay changes such as real-time combat and battle mechanics, customizable party progression with an array of skills, and three new difficulty modes: Earth, Galaxy, and Universe.

For those not familiar with Star Ocean: The Second Story, the RPG tells the story of Claude, a Federation officer, who finds himself transported to an undeveloped planet. There, he meets a girl named Rena and joins her quest to save her people. In Star Ocean The Second Story R, players get to choose which adventure to start with — either Claude or Rena — and depending on their choice, the perspectives and the allies players recruit will change.

The game will support both Japanese and English text and voiceovers, and the voiceovers are performed by members of the original cast. Preordering the game grants access to the following digital content as a bonus:

  • Pangalactic Federation Longsword
  • Forest Knuckles
  • Sunrise Ring
  • Set of recovery items (Mixed Berries x20 + Resurrection Potion x20)

Star Ocean The Second Story R – Announcement Trailer

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With over 20 years of online publishing experience, Jason Siu is currently the Content Director at VerticalScope and used to spend most of his time writing about cars. His work can be seen on websites such as AutoGuide, EV Pulse, FlatSixes, Tire Authority, and more. As the former co-founder of and West Coast Editor of Modified Magazine, he has also authored two books for CarTech Books. In his spare time, he founded FullCleared to indulge in his passion for writing about games. Although Jason is a variety gamer, he generally prefers RPGs.

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