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Star Ocean: The Divine Force Announced During PlayStation State of Play, Coming in 2022 [UPDATED]

Screenshot From Star Ocean: The Divine Force

I don’t know about you, but when Sony announced that they were doing a State of Play presentation, I was not expecting to see a new Star Ocean game announced! That’s right, tri-Ace is back with Star Ocean: The Divine Force, a brand-new action RPG coming to PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One & Series X|S, and PC sometime in 2022. 

You can check out the announcement trailer below, as well as some new screenshots. A big thank you to Nova Crystallis for initially posting these!

Star Ocean: The Divine Force Artwork

According to the developers, Star Ocean: The Divine Force will include:

  • A story that changes based on the choices made, where heroes intersect between the two worlds of sci-fi and fantasy.
  • A rich lineup of playable characters. 
  • Freedom to fly around the environment. 
  • Three-dimensional traversal and exploration where everything in-sight is a field for adventure. 
  • The Star Ocean game with the fastest and mightiest action in the series.

Star Ocean: The Divine Force will feature some of the largest field zones in the series to date, with fully three-dimensional movement and even the ability to fly through the air. Entering is seamless in what the team is pitching as an evolution of the series’ combat. The “Double Hero” system from Star Ocean 2 is also making a comeback, with the two protagonists being selectable from the outset and different party members and outcomes being available to each character.

Here’s a plot synopsis as well:

The Pangalactic Federation. From their earliest days in the Sol System, this organization has sought to bring peace and tranquility to the galactic multitudes. As their reach has expanded through the universe, many a hero has served under their banner; saviors to planets in need.

But by the year 583 SD, things have changed. The once peaceful Pangalactic Federation is now known for assimilating planets against their will. Once standing for justice, they are now wreathed in darkness.

Raymond, captain of the merchant vessel Ydas, departs from the nonfederated planet of Verguld on a standard transport mission. The job is simple, the route familiar, yet things go awry when the Ydas is attacked by the Astoria: a battleship carrying a member of the Pangalactic Federation’s preeminent Kenny family. 

Raymond and his crewmate Chloe are forced to abandon ship amidst the chaos and head for the remote, underdeveloped planet of Aster IV. Before their escape pods can even land, a burst of energy resembling an EMP from the planet’s surface knocks out their systems and brings them crashing down. They find themselves separated and stranded on an unfamiliar planet.

Upon landing, Raymond is immediately attacked by some of the less-than-friendly local wildlife. But when all seems lost, his life is saved by the crown princess of the Kingdom of Aucerius: Laeticia. Marveled by the sudden appearance of this man who rode into her life on a “shooting star,” Laeticia asks Raymond to help save her kingdom from the threat of the neighboring Vey’l Empire. He accepts in exchange for help finding Chloe.

So begins their journey on Aster IV. However, Raymond will soon discover he has yet to escape the shadow of the Pangalactic Federation.

“Whence do you hail, Ray?”

“I’m from another world─one that’s far, far away in the sky.”

This encounter, and the ensuing stand against an overwhelming power, marks a new chapter in galactic history.

Personally, I’m with fellow staffer Quinton: This sounds a lot like Star Trek Picard, what with the “evil Federation” trope. Intriguing! Stay tuned to RPGFan for more coverage of Star Ocean: The Divine Force!

Update: While games revealed at a PlayStation event focus on those platforms, we dug a little deeper and can confirm the game is also coming to Xbox and PC next year, too, as seen on the game’s official Japanese website.

Lastly, enjoy several new screenshots, with more on our Star Ocean: The Divine Force game hub!

Star Ocean: The Divine Force Screenshots

Source: PlayStation Blog

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Peter Triezenberg

Peter Triezenberg

Peter is a news editor for RPGFan, and quite possibly the spooniest bard you'll ever meet. He's also the site's resident Kingdom Hearts fan, Final Fantasy XV apologist, and Yu-Gi-Oh! enthusiast. In between playing video games or writing news, he can usually be found drinking unsafe amounts of caffeinated beverages. He also really likes cats.

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