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Famitsu Confirms Star Ocean: The Last Hope International For PS3

Eternal Sonata, Tales of Vesperia, and now, Star Ocean: The Last Hope. Hopefully, it will be the last example of an anticipated RPG that debuts on one platform while leaving owners of another platform out in the cold.

The rumors have flown all year: will Square-Enix ever bring the latest Star Ocean iteration to the PlayStation 3? The answer has always seemed to be a vague "yes," with pieces of evidence pointing towards an eventual port. Well, according to the latest Famitsu issue, it has been confirmed. The game is coming to Sony's console as Star Ocean: The Last Hope International, and like the other two RPGs we just mentioned, it'll contain a host of fresh updates and extra goodies. This one will contain new characters, a revamped combat system, improved menus, and dual-language support for English and Japanese. It's scheduled to release in Japan on February 4, 2010. Now, as you RPG aficionados know, Tales of Vesperia is also coming to the PS3 but there's no word yet on whether or not it'll arrive on US or European shores. We're hoping Square-Enix doesn't ignore other regions with Star Ocean but we'll just have to wait and see...and hope. The "new characters" fact alone should entice many consumers.

From a personal standpoint, I would like to add that after spending 25 hours with The Last Hope, I found it to be a solid and engaging RPG, but the fighting system finally got to me. That "improved targeting system" may or may not help; I'm not sure. But either way, I really would like to see other RPG fans in this country get a crack at it.

Related Game(s): Star Ocean: The Last Hope

9/15/2009 10:26:41 AM Ben Dutka

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Comments (38 posts)

Douchebaguette
Tuesday, September 15, 2009 @ 10:56:38 AM
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Tha_Joker_186 beat you to it =P

Hmm. Well since I'm on RPG hunt, this goes on the list. Last Rebellion is No. 1 on that list though. And vsXIII.

Are SE crawling back? Or just following the band wagon of releasing upgraded versions of 360 exclusives to the PS3? I bet they finally decide to announce The Last Remnant for PS3 aswell. Either way, it's definately not complaint. Fair share, I say!

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NightHawk17
Tuesday, September 15, 2009 @ 11:10:00 AM

yea, they see the sales of ps3 games outclassing their games(WKC and yakuza 3) along with horrible 360 sales

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sonic1899
Tuesday, September 15, 2009 @ 10:56:53 AM
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surprised? - no.
disappointed? - maybe.
a huge confirmation that MS is an embarrassment when it comes to 3rd party 'exclusives'? - do you need to ask?

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Nynja
Tuesday, September 15, 2009 @ 10:58:14 AM
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I started this on 360 and didn't really care for it. I guess it's either a love or hate relationship with Star Ocean series. It's a great looking game, just felt a bit dry. Curious if there are any plans to change/enhance any gameplay elements.

Side note; I want my turn-based RPGs back (on a console)...

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Nynja
Tuesday, September 15, 2009 @ 11:01:04 AM

Okay, maybe if I actually 'read' the article rather than skimming it I would have seen Ben mention the enhanced targeting system.

Though, I have to agree that I did not care for the battle system and don't think changing the targeting method will make me want to buy the game again on PS3.

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NightHawk17
Tuesday, September 15, 2009 @ 11:08:30 AM
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oh the japanese 360 owners will get a crack at it alright ben, they'll get 3 cracks each...lol

anyway i look forward to it, i liked so3 so we'll see here. just the voices are ugh

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BlinkBoy
Tuesday, September 15, 2009 @ 11:56:01 AM
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English and Japanese language?

I smell an import if the Europe date is far off.

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Orvisman
Wednesday, September 16, 2009 @ 9:05:53 AM

Agreed. As easy a decision to import as there can be.

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bxshotboi
Tuesday, September 15, 2009 @ 12:01:09 PM
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finally now alll we need is a u.s version

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johnld
Tuesday, September 15, 2009 @ 2:41:12 PM

Not really, the US voices suck ass. Dont need a US version since ps3 games aren't region locked. The only thing that will make me wait for a US release is the 90 dollar import price.

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Orvisman
Wednesday, September 16, 2009 @ 9:04:58 AM

Agreed. Easy import.

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cLoudou
Tuesday, September 15, 2009 @ 12:11:05 PM
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more system-smashing goodness.

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Jawknee
Tuesday, September 15, 2009 @ 12:18:33 PM
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I don't understand why Squeenix decided to release this for Xbox only in japan to begin with. The PS3 sales have always faired better in japan.

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convergecrew
Tuesday, September 15, 2009 @ 2:31:17 PM

Either MS made a deal with them, or they have extremely misguided brass making top decisions. Probably a combination of both.

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Orvisman
Wednesday, September 16, 2009 @ 9:02:02 AM

Yep. It IS confounding that the 360 gets more exclusive RPGs and shooters in Japan compared to the PS3.

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Alienange
Tuesday, September 15, 2009 @ 12:19:55 PM
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Smart move, but not for me. This installment of SO is abysmal.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, September 15, 2009 @ 12:33:02 PM
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I'll get it, but not in any manner that feeds money to SE for this long wait.

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BTNwarrior
Tuesday, September 15, 2009 @ 12:43:51 PM

so your going to buy it at gamestop?

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, September 15, 2009 @ 5:31:01 PM

if need be.

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Alienange
Tuesday, September 15, 2009 @ 6:02:21 PM

Don't do it. It'll be $10 at Target in no time.

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bebestorm
Tuesday, September 15, 2009 @ 12:58:47 PM
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I enjoyed this title so I'll definitely get the ps3 version. I would love Lost Odyssey for the PS3 but I doubt it happens.

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Vivi_Gamer
Tuesday, September 15, 2009 @ 1:46:08 PM

Indeed, i also want Lost Odyssey, I doubt i'll get this until its cheap. S-E had there chance at the original release, but ive just lost interest now.

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Douchebaguette
Tuesday, September 15, 2009 @ 6:02:18 PM

Lost Odyssey is such a great game. And yet it was so underappreciated on the 360 =\

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shindelion
Tuesday, September 15, 2009 @ 1:23:42 PM
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Square can keep this trash. A remake of part 2 would be nice.

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sonic1899
Tuesday, September 15, 2009 @ 2:41:21 PM

its not a bad game. every game has its flaws. i think the game wouldve fared better if it was released on the ps3 from the get go. i don't mean to sound like a fanboy, but re-using each multi-disks, the bad lip-syching, the minor graphical glitches, and the sudden freezing should make it obvious that SO:TLH wasn't meant to be an xbox game. it looked like they restricted some capabilities to make it look like it was for it. :/

as for ppl wanting lost odyssey for ps3, there's no need to be greedy. just because the ps3 lost most of its rpgs doesn't mean it has to lose them all (...tho i am surprised LO wasn't ported already :P).

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LegendaryWolfeh
Tuesday, September 15, 2009 @ 2:47:21 PM
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A little too late for me to want to care sadly =\

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Fatcat3788
Tuesday, September 15, 2009 @ 4:07:10 PM
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What they really need to add is the ability for japenese voice overs instead of the English Cast. The voices were atrocious and ruined any happiness I found in it. "Kay?" Anyway I still don't think this game was that great even without the voices. I'm glad the Ps3 crowd can try it out but in the end it gives a sort of "meh" feeling when hearing about this news.

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godsman
Tuesday, September 15, 2009 @ 5:49:58 PM
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I knew it!! I have been waiting for this moment. I officially announce that I no longer envy XBox for ANY games. (me not big on shooters)

Well if it has all english and Japanese voices, it's not a big deal to release it across the world, it's probably waiting for all the xbox sales to complete first.

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BTNwarrior
Tuesday, September 15, 2009 @ 6:31:29 PM

not even fable?

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godsman
Tuesday, September 15, 2009 @ 9:20:38 PM

Fable feels like a mixture of "The Sims" and "World of Warcraft". It doesn't seem so fun.

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BigBoss4ever
Tuesday, September 15, 2009 @ 5:59:41 PM
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just want to say one sentence: if all the JRPG are ported to PS3, then I will sell my 360 right away, period. (i mean Lost Odyssey, Inf Un, Last Rem., STO4, and the coming Magna Carta 2 ...) plain and simple. get the 360 only for that. nohting more.

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BigT_1980
Tuesday, September 15, 2009 @ 7:16:45 PM
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I had a feeling it would come to the PS3. From the very first day I saw the 360 box art I had the feeling it was coming our way. I say that only because the box art didn't say "Only on 360."

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Orvisman
Wednesday, September 16, 2009 @ 9:02:40 AM

Yep

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Scarecrow
Tuesday, September 15, 2009 @ 7:29:56 PM
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Meh, don't THINK I'm gonna like it.

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piratedrunk
Tuesday, September 15, 2009 @ 10:55:41 PM
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I'm stoked. I've been avoiding picking this up on 360 because I felt confident they would do this. I hope they announce NA releases for this and Vesperia soon.

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Banky A
Tuesday, September 15, 2009 @ 11:18:09 PM

Me too! lol
And I hope it comes to PAL regions.

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Banky A
Tuesday, September 15, 2009 @ 11:15:29 PM
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I'll love this game.
100%, no other alternatives ^_^

Well, unless they made the menus and stuff very different then I might 90% love it.

And I just knew the PS3 was gonna' get an upgraded version, waiting usually yields rewards.

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LowKey
Wednesday, September 16, 2009 @ 8:53:59 AM
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For real and true? My Protest against $E can end finaly? OMG I never thought I would be able to end It. I can finaly play the game that I got a PS3 for? yeah I said it, I only got a PS3 for Hopes of a New Star Ocean, and In hopes that RPG's would take a HUUUGE leap this GEN.

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