Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness
Star Ocean 5, also known as Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness, is an upcoming action adventure role playing game that is currently being developed the Nepro Japan subsidiary tri-Ace, Inc who worked on Final Fantasy XIII-2 and the Valkyrie Profile series of games. The game is being published by Square Enix who are best known for the Final Fantasy series.
Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness is being developed exclusively for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4. The release date is to be announced.
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Star Ocean is a long running franchise of action role playing games that have adventuring mixed, developed primarily by tri-Ace. Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness is actually serving as the ninth game in the series, but in the continuity of the main series it’s the fifth game.
The game was officially announced to be in development by way of leaked images from Japanese gaming publication Famitsu on April 14th of 2015. Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness specifically takes place between the second and third games in the series, both of which were developed by tri-Ace. “The Second Story” however was jointly developed with TOSE for the PSP port. This was followed by confirmation of Square Enix as the games publisher.
Speaking in the magazine, producer Shuichi Kobayashi has said, “[Having previously been in marketing] I decided to change positions and become a producer out of the belief that Star Ocean is worth staking my life and legacy on. For Star Ocean 5, I wanted the game to overtly take cues from Star Ocean 3 and draw its essence from that game.”
Speaking about the name of the game, specifically the subtitle of “Integrity and Faithlessness”, programmer Yoshiharu Gotanda has said, “There are multiple meanings behind the subtitle for this game. It’ll make sense by the end once you play the game, I think.”
The developer talks about the future of the series and what they want to do with it, given its popularity as a niche action JRPG. Kobayashi said, “I’d like to be able to keep putting these games out. By the end, when it’s all finished, we hope we have a game that draws in series fans and new players alike.”
While the game is being developed exclusively for Sony platforms at this time, the game is being targeted specifically at the PlayStation 3. The PlayStation 4 build of the game will be a port and it will not contain different content.
Speaking about the possibility of add-on content, Kobayashi said, “I sincerely don’t want to do anything with this game that’ll upset people even a little bit.” He would much rather release the game as a whole and have it DLC free rather than have players to be concerned that they may eventually release a “full version” that would collect the DLC. Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness was 30 percent complete as of its announcement in Famitsu.
Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness specifically takes place between the second and third games in the series. It’s set on the planet of Feycreed some 6000 light years from Earth.
The game follows the adventures of Fedel Camus, a 23 year old swordsman from the village of Stahl and Miki Sovesta, who uses a staff as her weapon. The two characters are thought to be trying to protect there village and to live in the Seven Years of Darkness as war begins to threaten the world again with an invasion from the Cursed Mark Creatures beginning.
Gameplay remains unchanged when it comes to navigating the game world, building up its cast of characters and interacting with the numerous NPCs scattered throughout the game. However, some changes have been put in place and some alterations to the games core mechanics have been made in some areas.
When players are making their way through the games world and encounter an enemy threat, the gameplay will transition seamlessly into battles scenarios as you move between the several linked locations in the game’s world. The game makes use of a “seamless real-time battle” system that will alter your attacks depending on your distance from the enemy. Combos can be used to to help the player deal greater damage to enemies once they close with them. The player can also switch between different characters on the fly.
Talking about the games battles, the director Hiroshi Ogawa has said, “Basic battles are the same as previous entries, where the player controlled character takes on the enemy in one-on-one battles. On the other hand, boss battles see the whole party squaring off against bosses, which lends those fights a different feel that players can enjoy.”
Characters in Star Ocean 5: Integrity and Faithlessness include:
Fedel Caymus – Fedel is a 23 year old swordsman of considerable skill from the village of Stahl. His father was called Leslia and was the foremost swordsman in the kingdom. Fedel maintains a calm composure and is considerate of his companions.
Miki Sovesta – Miki is also from Stahl but unlike Fedel, she is only 18 years of age. Miki is considered to be somewhat cute and gluttonous by her peers. Where Fedel favours the sword, Miki makes use of a staff in combat. She considers Fedel an older brother and the two are childhood friends.
Lilia – An amnesiac girl who displays very little emotion.
Note: This wiki will be updated once we have more information about the game.