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Star Ocean: Till the End of Time Gets a Fancier PlayStation 4 Re-Release

Square Enix has announced a PlayStation 4 version for Star Ocean: Till the End of Time.

The classic PlayStation 2 RPG will launch for PlayStation 4 sometime later this year in Japan. Featured above (around the 1:15:00 mark) you can view the first footage of the game running on PlayStation 4.

The digital-only release is part of their new Ultimate Hits HD label, where they utilize the PlayStation 2 emulator on PlayStation 4 to up-scale the game in high-definition. The PlayStation 4 version, like previous PS2 re-releases, also comes with trophy support, remote play, share features, and reduced load times.

Finally, it’s worth mentioning this release is actually Star Ocean: Till the End of Time Director’s Cut, which originally released a year after the original. The Director’s Cut has bonus features like new characters and dungeons.

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32 comments
  1. totenglocke
    totenglocke
    February 22, 2017 at 10:20 am

    I’m assuming North America is just SOL on this?

  2. ProfessorFluffy
    ProfessorFluffy
    February 22, 2017 at 10:37 am

    Just to note, the western release was the director’s cut.

  3. Obbliglol
    Obbliglol
    February 22, 2017 at 10:40 am

    I wish this would get released in Europe/UK. I would love to play SO3 again, it’s a great game.

  4. Fear Me I Am Free
    Fear Me I Am Free
    February 22, 2017 at 11:16 am

    Wasn’t a bad game.

  5. RPG
    RPG
    February 22, 2017 at 11:46 am

    I really hope that this releases outside of Japan. I have been considering replaying Star Ocean 3, (and perhaps finally trying 4) before I get to Integrity and Faithlessness. It would be nice to play the game touched up and looking nice on an HD television as opposed to playing my original copy on the same screen. I sure wish I could get my hands on an NTSC CRT where I live.

  6. Ruggarell
    Ruggarell
    February 22, 2017 at 11:48 am

    >Bought and Played SO3 years ago when it came out
    >Loved it but never finished
    >Bought and played SO3 around 2013 for the PS2
    >Still loved it and finished it for the first time
    >Gonna buy and play SO3 when it comes out on PS4
    >Still gonna love it
    I really love SO3 a lot. It’s the first Star Ocean I played at the time and I’ll never forget the good memories I’ve had with it. It has great gameplay,characters,and music.I will buy it just to support Star Ocean and have the game on my PSN profile

  7. Astro
    Astro
    February 22, 2017 at 11:55 am

    Oh man, this has totally made my day. I never thought I’d see my favorite game getting the HD treatment. I’m a little disappointed it’ll be digital-only, but I’m so stoked now regardless.

    Also reminds me I need to pick up the Director’s Cut and Arrange soundtracks still.

  8. Malcolm_Ecks
    Malcolm_Ecks
    February 22, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    The last good game in the franchise. Give me Japanese Audio though because the English VO was G-G-G-Garbage.

  9. Malcolm_Ecks
    Malcolm_Ecks
    February 22, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    It’ll likely be released in the West. It is Square Enix after all and they’re better at worldwide releases than most Japanese publishers.

  10. machariel00
    machariel00
    February 22, 2017 at 12:06 pm

    Works pretty well on an emulator.

  11. Daryl Corey
    Daryl Corey
    February 22, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    here is hoping it comes west but not gonna hold my breath

  12. 2501
    2501
    February 22, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    I loved the English VO :p

  13. Izzy Lichi
    Izzy Lichi
    February 22, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    the english VO was just fine, and also, how do you even know if the japanese VO is good? do you know japanese?

  14. Cy
    Cy
    February 22, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    I award you ten Moon Points for being the first person to make the generic, obligatory, “give me moonspeak” comment. Spend them wisely, my dude.

  15. Malcolm_Ecks
    Malcolm_Ecks
    February 22, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    Don’t even. Clif Fittir’s VO was atrocious.

  16. Audie Bakerson
    Audie Bakerson
    February 22, 2017 at 2:13 pm

    The virtual memory card will make the optional achievements taking up a ton of memory space less of an issue I guess.

    Still a terrible game with design choices that make no damn sense such as multiplayer only being a shitty vs. mode that requires a bonus dungeon to unlock instead of controlling the party members in combat (particularly with the AI as terrible as it is), a ton of interesting stuff in the encyclopedia that is never actually shown, characters ranging from useless to trivial to break the game with, RNG based and poorly explained item crafting, and that plot twist with no foreshadowing in the slightest.

  17. Audie Bakerson
    Audie Bakerson
    February 22, 2017 at 2:14 pm

    It’s just an upscale like PCSX2 has done for years. PS2/GCN era games normally upscale pretty well thanks to flat textures with decent models, but TtEoT had pretty bad models that will just look hideous.

  18. RPG
    RPG
    February 22, 2017 at 2:33 pm

    That is true, I could always go the emulation route. To be honest, now that I think about it, that will probably be what I end up doing, especially once I get around to building my own gaming rig.

  19. DrearierSpider
    DrearierSpider
    February 22, 2017 at 3:00 pm

    They’re just emulating the PS2 version. If that had dual audio, you got it, otherwise no.

  20. UnpluggedBeta
    UnpluggedBeta
    February 22, 2017 at 4:44 pm

    I don’t geddit; is moonspeak any language other than English?

  21. UnpluggedBeta
    UnpluggedBeta
    February 22, 2017 at 4:45 pm

    Dubs in any language are awful; try watching dubbed french, italian, or german cinema: it’s an abortion. Case in point: final fantasy movie. Movie was garbage, but it was designed for English and the quality of the voice acting shows. Compare with Japanese star wars, which is hilariously bad with the dub all over the place.

  22. EvaUnit02
    EvaUnit02
    February 22, 2017 at 4:46 pm

    I have no idea what’s wrong in this video.

  23. UnpluggedBeta
    UnpluggedBeta
    February 22, 2017 at 4:47 pm

    How does squeenix does on pc? I’m curious if they have a market for porting old games like these beyond mainline final fantasy titles.

  24. Feniks
    Feniks
    February 22, 2017 at 4:47 pm

    I prefer to play games in the language they were made- especially Japanese ones. Hope it gets dual audio so people can choose for themselves.

  25. Snorlaxation
    Snorlaxation
    February 22, 2017 at 7:26 pm

    I literally screamed when I saw this. Which is bad because I was at work.
    I’m so happy

  26. random
    random
    February 22, 2017 at 9:17 pm

    Because playing a VR game at the beginning and then ending up on a conveniently fantasy world wasn’t enough foreshadowing?

  27. Astro
    Astro
    February 22, 2017 at 9:31 pm

    The VO is pretty bad, but it’s even worse in 4. Somehow it’s better (from what I’ve heard) in 5. It’s just a shame that 5 is really not as engaging imo. I’d take the awful voice acting anyday.

    Honestly, it’s kinda grown on me.

  28. Fenrir007
    Fenrir007
    February 22, 2017 at 9:57 pm

    You don’t need to understand a language to know that. You can get a good picture from tone and inflection. Besides, many games are lip synced to the japanese voice, and the quality control is tighly done by the devs on the original language (except when the game series is a bigger hit on and pretty much made with the western market in mind, like Metal Gear).

  29. Audie Bakerson
    Audie Bakerson
    February 22, 2017 at 10:06 pm

    Yes. A game within a game hardly indicates that the game itself takes place within another game.

  30. Jumanji Joe
    Jumanji Joe
    February 23, 2017 at 9:03 am

    I can’t wait for the west to not get this and for some strange reason we do I bet it will have the awful dub again.