Star Ocean: The Divine Force announced

Square Enix has revealed Star Ocean: The Divine Force, a new action RPG from developer Tri-Ace launching 2022 for PS4 and PS5.

Star Ocean: The Divine Force is Tri-Ace’s first new console game since Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness, with their last few releases being remastered titles and mobile games.

Aside from the announcement trailer, some new details have been shared on the PlayStation Blog. The “Double Hero” system from Star Ocean: Second Evolution makes a return, featuring one protagonist from an advanced civilization, and one from an underdeveloped planet. Exploration is also more free-form thanks to flight, with seamless transitions into battle.

Star Ocean: The Divine Force protagonist bios:

Raymond

A young man from the nonfederated planet of Verguld. He is the captain of the merchant vessel Ydas under Lawrence Logistics, a company run by his family. His confidence often sees him rushing recklessly into situations when it comes to his friends and work, much to the distress of the Ydas crew. Raymond has a big heart, affable nature, and a good nose for business. His lack of affiliation with the Pangalactic Federation means he is not bound by the Underdeveloped Planet Preservation Pact. This sincere openness to meet others where they’re at regardless of technological advancement wins Laeticia over, but leaves Albaird wary.

Laeticia

Princess of the Kingdom of Aucerius: a large territory located on the underdeveloped planet of Aster IV. Her radiant and resolute personality is admired throughout the kingdom, but her prim demeanor betrays her penchant for wearing armor and remarkable skill with the dual blades. In order to remedy the encroaching threat of a neighboring country, Laeticia sets off on a secret journey to locate a certain individual. She meets Raymond along the way, recently stranded on Aster IV. The two agree to help one another and begin traveling together.

While the reveal definitely looked a little rough — the framerate drops during certain sections were jarring to say the least — there’s still time to polish things up before Star Ocean: The Divine Force releases next year.

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