Star Ocean: First Departure R released today for Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4, and Square Enix has the flashy launch trailer to prove it. It’s an attractive mix of classic pixel art, hand-drawn portraits, and (because why not?) cat girls. The game costs $20.99, because $19.99 just would have been too unreasonable. Star Ocean: First Departure R touts the following features:
- Full Voiceover – Players can choose between the original full voice cast from the PSP® system version of the game in either Japanese or English, or the newly recorded version, featuring the Japanese voice cast from the original Super Famicom version, which was released in Japan only.
- New Character Illustrations – Players can opt for the original character illustrations from STAR OCEAN First Departure, or brand-new versions drawn by the famous illustrator Katsumi Enami (STAR OCEAN: THE LAST HOPE™)
- Speed Mode – Players can traverse the world more swiftly.
- Adjusted Game Balance – Adjusted battle difficulty enables players to experience more challenges in combat.
As we’ve previously discussed, Star Ocean: First Departure R is a remake of a PSP game — which is in turn a remake of the original game in the series. It’s notable how Square Enix treats each of its RPG franchises in different ways; remasters, remakes, and spin-offs all come at different intervals and in different degrees. You never know what they might have up their sleeve next.
That said, it boggles my mind and makes me want to scream that Square Enix hasn’t announced any collection of the first six Final Fantasy titles on Switch yet.