Star Ocean: The Divine Force Announced, Coming in 2022 to PlayStation, Xbox, and PC.

Square Enix and tri-Ace announced Star Ocean: The Divine Force. The game was revealed in the last State of Play and will come to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the franchise. The launch will take place in 2022 for PS5, Xbox Series, PS4, Xbox One and PC (Steam), as informed in the official press release.

According to Square Enix, the game will feature:

  • A story that changes according to the choices made, in which the heroes move between the worlds of science fiction and fantasy;
  • A large cast of playable characters;
  • Freedom to fly around the environment;
  • Mobility and three-dimensional exploration where everything in sight is a place for adventure;
  • Star Ocean with the fastest and most powerful action in the franchise.

More details below, via the PS Blog:

Star Ocean: The Divine Force Announced, Coming in 2022 to PlayStation, Xbox, and PC

The protagonists of two different civilizations meet

The “two heroes” system returns. In it, the story that spans the stars and beyond will unfold from the point of view of each protagonist, one from an advanced civilization (science fiction) and the other from an underdeveloped planet (fantasy). The events during the story and the allies you’ll have will be different, depending on the protagonist you choose.

Star Ocean: The Divine Force Announced, Coming in 2022 to PlayStation, Xbox, and PC

There are several controllable characters in addition to the two protagonists, and you’ll be able to play with all the party members.

Raymond
A young man from the planet Verguld, who is not part of the Federation. He is the captain of the merchant ship Ydas for Lawrence Logistics, a company run by his family. Overconfidence often causes him to rush mindlessly into situations involving his friends and his work, much to the dismay of the Ydas crew. Raymond has a big heart, an affable nature and a knack for business. The fact that it is not part of the Pangalactic Federation means that it is not subject to the Pact for the Preservation of Underdeveloped Planets. This freedom to get to know other civilizations, whatever their technological advancement, conquers Laeticia, but concerns Albaird.

Star Ocean: The Divine Force Announced, Coming in 2022 to PlayStation, Xbox, and PC

Laeticia
The princess of the kingdom of Aucerius, a vast territory located on the undeveloped planet Aster IV. Her radiant and determined personality is admired throughout the realm, but her prim demeanor runs counter to her predilection for wearing armor and impressive skill with dual blades. To combat the invasion of a neighboring country, Laeticia goes on a secret journey to locate a certain individual. She meets Raymond on the way, who was recently lost on Aster IV. The two agree to help each other and begin traveling together.

Elena
Crew member of the merchant ship Ydas and Raymond’s first mate. She runs practically the entire ship and her extensive knowledge and calm demeanor have earned her the full trust of Raymond and the crew. Elena is constantly surprised by Raymond’s propensity for recklessness, but she also greatly admires his leadership skills.

Star Ocean: The Divine Force Announced, Coming in 2022 to PlayStation, Xbox, and PC

albaird
Laeticia’s childhood friend, he now serves her as a knight of the kingdom of Aucerius. Albaird is very skilled in semiomancy and the use of chakram. His loyalty to Laeticia means he never leaves her side. Albaird’s left arm is covered down to the fingertips and he sometimes gestures as if she is protecting him. He doesn’t trust Raymond when he first meets him during Laeticia’s secret journey. However, not wanting to go against her wishes, he reluctantly allows Raymond to join them.

Fly freely through the environment

In this game, characters are free to rotate 360 ​​degrees and can even fly through the sky.

Star Ocean: The Divine Force Announced, Coming in 2022 to PlayStation, Xbox, and PC

Players can fly in the sky and move across one of the biggest fields in the entire franchise in three-dimensional fashion.

Whether they explore by leaping across rocky expanses and rooftops or immediately engage in combat after jumping off cliffs, the game will give players more freedom than ever during battles and adventures.

The fastest, most powerful action in the franchise

Star Ocean: The Divine Force Announced, Coming in 2022 to PlayStation, Xbox, and PC

Battles have also evolved in Star Ocean The Divine Force. Characters can attack right after moving with incredible speed, instantly disappear in front of an enemy or even defeat a horde of enemies with an ability that allows immediate kills. Engage in tough but exciting battles as you fly freely across the world.

The fate of the universe will awaken when two heroes meet

The Pangalactic Federation. Since the earliest days in the Sol system, this organization has sought to bring peace and tranquility to the galactic multitudes. As her reach stretched across the universe, many heroes served her, saviors of planets in need.

But around the year 583 of the space calendar, things changed. The once peaceful Pangalactic Federation is now known to forcibly assimilate planets. Once fighting for justice, now she is gripped by darkness.

Star Ocean: The Divine Force Announced, Coming in 2022 to PlayStation, Xbox, and PC

Raymond Lawrence, captain of the merchant ship Ydas, leaves the non-Federation planet Verguld for an ordinary transport mission. The job is simple, the route familiar, but things get complicated when the Ydas is attacked by the Astoria: a battleship carrying a member of the Pangalactic Federation’s prominent Kenny family.

Raymond and crew member Chloe are forced to abandon the ship in the midst of chaos and go to the remote and undeveloped planet known as Aster IV. Even before their escape pods land, a burst of energy that resembles an electromagnetic pulse shoots out from the planet’s surface, disables the pods’ systems, and causes them to crash. Raymond and Chloe end up getting separated and are stranded on an unknown planet.

As soon as he lands, Raymond is attacked by the planet’s far from tame wildlife. But when all seems lost, his life is saved by the princess of Aucerius’ kingdom: Laeticia Aucerius. Amazed by this man who suddenly appeared in her life in a “shooting star”, Laeticia asks Raymond to help her save her kingdom from the threat of the neighboring empire, called Vey’l. He accepts in exchange for help finding Chloe.

Star Ocean: The Divine Force Announced, Coming in 2022 to PlayStation, Xbox, and PC

And so begins their journey on Aster IV. However, Raymond soon discovers that he still needs to escape the shadow of the Pangalactic Federation.

“Where are you from, Ray?”

“I am from another world, which is far, far away in the sky.”

This encounter and the ensuing opposition to an oppressive power marks a new chapter in galactic history.