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Star Ocean 5 RPG Heads West on PS4 in 2016

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Star Ocean 5: Integrity and Faithlessness RPG also coming to PS3 in Japan

Square Enix announced at its E3 press conference on Tuesday that it is bringing tri-Ace's Star Ocean 5: Integrity and Faithlessness role-playing game to North America and Europe under the slightly shorter title Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness. The game will arrive on PlayStation 4 in these regions next year.

Square Enix describes the game:

STAR OCEAN, the epic, sci-fi RPG saga that takes players to the stars and beyond, makes its triumphant return with its forthcoming fifth installment in the series. The title is developed by tri-Ace, the celebrated studio behind each of the previous iterations, with character designs by akiman (Akira Yasuda).

At this point in history, between the second and third games in the series, the Pangalactic Federation is nearing the fulfilment of its mission: Peace and order throughout the galaxy. However, the embers of conflict begin to stir once more on the planet of Faykreed, 6,000 light years from Earth, as a new story begins in the ocean of stars.

The game is also coming to PlayStation 3 in Japan, but Square Enix did not say that the Western release will be on PlayStation 3. Kaito Ishikawa and Nao Tōyama will star in the Japanese version.

Enix and tri-Ace released the first Star Ocean game for the Super Famicom console in 1996. The last game in the franchise, Star Ocean 4 (Star Ocean: The Last Hope) shipped on the Xbox 360 in 2009, with a PS3 international version shipping in 2010.

The video game series inspired Mayumi Azuma's Star Ocean: The Second Story manga in 1998 and its 2001 television anime Star Ocean EX. Geneon released the anime in North America. Aoi Mizuki's Star Ocean: Blue Sphere manga launched in 2002, and Akira Kanda debuted the Star Ocean: Till the End of Time manga in 2003.

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