Star Ocean: The Divine Force Takes Off as Sixth Entry in RPG Series

tri-Ace's latest is coming to PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series, and PC in 2022

 

One of the main reveals during yesterday's PlayStation State of Play event was Star Ocean: The Divine Force, which will mark the sixth entry in the main series when it launches sometime in 2022. The latest from Square Enix and developer tri-Ace will be available on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC via Steam.

 

Star Ocean: The Divine Force celebrates the 25th anniversary of the series, which first began in 1996. Check out the announcement trailer below.

 

 

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The dual protagonist system is back in this one, letting players experience the story and different events depending on which protagonist they choose. Here's an outline of the setup to that story: 

 

The Pangalactic Federation. From their earliest days in the Sol System, this organization has sought to bring peace and tranquility to the galactic multitudes. As their reach has expanded through the universe, many a hero has served under their banner; saviors to planets in need. But by the year 583 SD, things have changed. The once peaceful Pangalactic Federation is now known for assimilating planets against their will. Once standing for justice, they are now wreathed in darkness.

 

Raymond, captain of the merchant vessel Ydas, departs from the nonfederated planet of Verguld on a standard transport mission. The job is simple, the route familiar, yet things go awry when the Ydas is attacked by the Astoria: a battleship carrying a member of the Pangalactic Federation’s preeminent Kenny family. Raymond and his crewmate Chloe are forced to abandon ship amidst the chaos and head for the remote, underdeveloped planet of Aster IV. Before their escape pods can even land, a burst of energy resembling an EMP from the planet’s surface knocks out their systems and brings them crashing down. They find themselves separated and stranded on an unfamiliar planet.

 

Upon landing, Raymond is immediately attacked by some of the less-than-friendly local wildlife. But when all seems lost, his life is saved by the crown princess of the Kingdom of Aucerius: Laeticia. Marveled by the sudden appearance of this man who rode into her life on a “shooting star,” Laeticia asks Raymond to help save her kingdom from the threat of the neighboring Vey’l Empire. He accepts in exchange for help finding Chloe. So begins their journey on Aster IV. However, Raymond will soon discover he has yet to escape the shadow of the Pangalactic Federation.

 

“Whence do you hail, Ray?”

 

“I’m from another world—one that’s far, far away in the sky.”

 

This encounter, and the ensuing stand against an overwhelming power, marks a new chapter in galactic history.

 

Via Gematsu

 

 

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Joseph Luster is the Games and Web editor at Otaku USA Magazine. You can read his comics at subhumanzoids. Follow him on Twitter @Moldilox.

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