Star Ocean: The Divine Force Landing in October
Square Enix announced a release date for the latest entry in the Star Ocean sci-fi RPG series, Star Ocean: The Divine Force. The game will release physically and digitally for PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S on October 27, 2022. To go with the announcement, the company provided plenty of extra details and screenshots, and out a new three-minute release date trailer and a five-minute “Mission Report” that goes over the game’s main characters and combat, as well as one of the game’s opening movies, all of which can be viewed below.
Like previous titles in the series, Star Ocean: The Divine Force is being developed by tri-Ace. It is set in the year 583 SD, just under 50 years after the events of Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness and a little under 200 years before the events of Star Ocean: Till the End of Time. The game features two main protagonists: Raymond and Laeticia. The Divine Force lets players choose which of the two main characters to be the primary protagonist, and the game unfolds from their perspective. Each character will be joined by different companions through the game.
Raymond is the captain of the Ydas merchant starship, which is attacked by a Pangalactic Federation battleship carrying a member of the prestigious Kenny family. Raymond and crewmate Chloe abandon ship and land on the remote planet Aster IV but become separated. Raymond is rescued by Laeticia, the crown princess of the planet’s Kingdom of Aucerius, who asks him to help save her kingdom from the neighbouring Vey’l Empire. Raymond accepts for help in finding Chloe.
Some of the additional characters include Albaird, Laeticia’s childhood friend who now serves her as a knight. He is adept as a type of magic called semiomancy and using chakrams and is fiercely loyal to Laeticia. Elena is First Mate of the Ydas, whose management skills and knowledge have earned her the trust of Raymond and in turn she trusts his leadership abilities despite his recklessness. Midas is one of the foremost practitioners of semiomancy in the Kingdom of Aucerius. His thirst for knowledge can lead him to ignore ethical concerns and he was exiled in disgrace after previously holding a position of power. Finally, Nina is a physician’s assistant in the village of Delryk. She is one of the few people that can use healing magic known as iatrimancy and is high energy, which sometimes gets in the way of her quest to find a cure for the condition that killed her father.
Like previous titles, the game uses an action combat system. The Divine Force features seamless tradition from exploration — which includes the ability to take to the air — into combat. Players select an active party of up to four members and can switch the character they are controlling at any time. The game’s skill system using AP, which recharges over time, with maximum AP available changing based on combat conditions. Players can create and customise Chain Combos, which lets them use a sequence of skills or items in quick succession with a single button command. The game also lets players pause the action in “Stop Mode” and give instructions to allies, change targets, and plan their strategy.