Square Enix brings back Star Ocean, slated for 2022 release

Tri-Ace and Square Enix's long-running RPG franchise returns with its latest installment, Star Ocean: The Divine Force.


Star Ocean is a name that most folks haven't heard from in a while. The last game from Square Enix and Tri-Ace's RPG franchise was released in 2016 and before that, 2009. However, much to everyone's surprise a trailer for Star Ocean: The Divine Force was shown off at PlayStation's October 2021 State of Play event.

Star Ocean: The Divine Force is the franchise's first multi-platform game since 2009's The Last Hope.

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Until now, fans are hoping that Tri-Ace will release Star Ocean: Second Evolution for the PS4 outside of Japan.

Tri-Ace looks to build The Divine Force based on 2016's Integrity and Faithlessness. The upcoming action RPG title will bring back the double-hero system, a blonde man named Raymond, and a white-haired woman named Laeticia. The former is a space captain while the latter is a crown princess and the two must join forces to save Laeiticia's kingdom while Raymond is also searching for a certain individual named Chloe.

It appears that the story will unfold differently based on the choices that you make in your playthrough, starting with your hero of choice.

With that said, the game's initial trailer was light on details. Thankfully, it did give audiences a glimpse of the exploration and combat. It appears to be a large game set in a vast open-world (or universe, perhaps?) where players can explore entire galaxies on board of what appears to be the game's version of a spacecraft.

Don't worry. Moving around in The Divine Force probably won't be as difficult. Despite the large terrain, the game appears to feature some form of jetpack technology, which looks a lot like the ones used in EA's failed title, Anthem. Hopefully, this one doesn't meet the same fate.

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According to the game's initial trailer, The Divine Force is expected to arrive on the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 sometime in 2022.

Ray Ampoloquio
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