Famitsu Talks New Characters and Combat Roles in Star Ocean 5Show me the aliens already!11.05.15 - 9:52 PM
Famitsu's latest issue has some important details on new characters and combat roles in Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness
. The new characters are the pair of travelers Emerson and Anne. Emerson (voiced by Junichi Suwabe) has a frank personality and a passion for both women and booze. He fights from the rear with his high powered bow gun. Anne (voiced by Ayumi Fujimura), is Emerson's traveling companion with an personal opposite, being defined by her intelligence and composure. She prefers to meet the enemy head on with a variety of melee techniques. On an unrelated note, she loves cats.
Regarding combat, each character can be assigned a "Role" in battle that will boost certain attributes and influence allied AI. There are two broad categories, Attack and Defense, and each role will have an ability boosting "Factor." For example, among the attack roles, Attacker will boost attack by four and prioritize the number of hits, Caster grants +4 INT and focuses on skills, Bazaar will target enemies that chip away at you, and Fighter will focus entirely on attacking to the detriment of defense.
Roles can specialize in attack, defense, recovery, support, and there is even a special one that improves abilities. They will also level up with use, improving their Factors.
Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness comes out on PS3 and PS4 in Japan on February 25, 2016, and later that year on the PS4 in the West.