Star Ocean: The Last Hope International Details Emerge

If you’ll recall, the Xbox 360 exclusive Star Ocean: The Last Hope isn’t going to be exclusive for much longer.  The PS3 version, with the suffix “International”, is due to be released in Japan in February.  With it comes many changes to the original games, some even brought about by fans of the title.  In the latest Famitsu magazine the game’s producer, Yoshinori Yamagishi, was interviewed. Here’s a few things he brought about about the PS3 release.

  • The PS3 version will be on one disc (instead of three, like the 360 version).  This is obviously because of the larger capacity of BluRay media.
  • Battles in the game have been rebalanced and a much-requested targeting mechanic has been put into place.
  • The visuals will be less color saturated and will have a softer, warmer feel.

I don’t know how I feel about that last point, as I thought the over-saturation in many of the game’s alien landscapes accentuated the fact that it was, indeed, an foreign planet.  It had a surreal quality to it, I fear that the game will lose that if they remove the over-saturation of colors.  But, I guess we’ll see, eh?  We’ll likely learn more about this version of the latest Star Ocean title at this week’s Tokyo Game Show.

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Chad Awkerman

Chad joined the DualShockers staff in mid 2009 and since then has put much of his time into covering RPGs, with a focus on the Japanese side of the genre, from the obscure to the mainstream. He's a huge fan of iconic games like Secret of Mana, Final Fantasy VI and Persona 4 yet enjoys the smaller niche titles, as well. In his spare time he enjoys experiencing new beer, new foods and keeping up with just about every sci-fi show on television. He's married to an intelligent, beautiful Southern Belle who keeps his life interesting with witty banter and spicy Cajun cooking.

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