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Star Ocean: Anamnesis is a mobile phone game developed by tri-Ace. It was created in celebration of the Star Ocean series' twentieth anniversary, and features characters from all previous titles in the franchise, as well as music from series composer Motoi Sakuraba. It was released in Japan on December 7, 2016 and in North America on July 10, 2018. 

Gameplay

Star Ocean: Anamnesis is a mission-based tactical battler that features full 3D real-time action battles with HD graphics. In addition, this is the first Star Ocean game with a fully featured 4-player multiplayer. Characters are divided into five defined roles: Attacker, Defender, Sharpshooter, Invoker, and Healer. Each role has its particular advantages and disadvantages, but party combinations are near-limitless.

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Story

Setting

Set in Space Date 539 (A.D 2625), the player controls the captain of the Pangalactic Federation starship GFSS-3214F, which was exploring deep space following the events of Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness two years earlier. After a surprise attack by pirates, the entire crew jettison the vessel in escape pods while the captain stays on board with only the AI robot Coro. Making the decision to activate the ship's hyperspace drive, the warp fails and ends up sending them to a distant region of space outside the Federation's borders. While investigating a seemingly barren planet, they happen upon a mysterious women being chased by a monster. The woman, named Evelysse, uses a powerful form of Symbology magic that allows her to summon warriors from throughout time, and manages to escape with the aid of her time-warped allies. After she joins the captain back on the ship, the course is set to return home to the incredibly distant Earth.

Characters

Main article: List of Star Ocean: Anamnesis playable characters

The main characters of Star Ocean: Anamnesis are the Captain and Evelysse. Characters from previous Star Ocean games appear in the game with HD models and designs illustrated by several artists.

Main characters
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The cast for the second season, Twin Eclipse.

  • The Captain - Commanding officer of the Pangalactic Federation starship GFSS-3214F, and the game's protagonist.
  • Evelysse - A mysterious woman found on a uninhabited planet, who wields a mysterious type of symbology allowing her to summon warriors from different timelines.
  • Coro - An AI robot in charge of all operations aboard the GFSS-3214F.
  • Verda Kleiman
  • Erdrum
  • Tika Blunche - A girl the Captain meets during their journey to return to earth. Her parents go missing when caught in an accident. Makes her appearance in -Twin Eclipse-.
  • Yrian Luxter - A young man met in the planet Daftine, joining the search for Tika's parents. The fifth son of an aristrocrat. Makes his appearance in -Twin Eclipse-.
  • Masked Man - A mysterious man met on the planet Daftine, joining the search for Tika's parents. The team is not sure if he is friend or foe. Makes his appearance in -Twin Eclipse-.
  • Caleen Keemosn - A young woman, leader of the Bashhrn army's main force. She also joins the search for Tika's parents. Makes her appearance in -Twin Eclipse-.
  • Recoro - An AI that supports Tika. Makes its appearance in -Twin Eclipse-.
  • Welch Vineyard - A curious girl, who owns a blacksmith on the planet Daftine. Makes her appearance in -Twin Eclipse-.
Minor Characters

Plot

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The story begins when a federation hybrid research vessel meets with tragedy on its return from reconnaissance when it is assailed by pirates. As the vessel continues to take damage, its captain makes the courageous decision to engage their subspace warp drive. The attempt fails, however, and the ship disappears in a flash of light.

The captain awakens in an unknown sector far outside the federation's jurisdiction. As the captain scouts out their unintended destination, they stumble upon a girl being chased by a vicious beast. In an attempt to help her, the captain joins the fight, but all seems vain...until the mysterious stranger uses something akin to summoning to materialize an ally. This newfound companion proves integral in enabling them to escape into orbit around the planet. Their journey ahead will doubtless be long and their energy so low that they cannot power even their shields, what weighs on the captain's mind the most is the strange powers possessed by the girl in white they found.

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Release

Square Enix opened a pre-registration campaign for the game[when did it launch?]. If it achieved over 100,000 registrations, a Valkyrie Profile character would join the game, and if it achieved over 200,000, Welch would join the game. As of July 14, 2018, all goals have been met and all prizes awarded.

The game also hosted two special Login Bonus campaigns: a series 20th Anniversary login campaign through the end of July 2018, and a launch campaign through August 2018.

-Twin Eclipse-

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The second season is titled -Twin Eclipse-. According to producer Shuichi Kobayashi, the team has prepared about ten times the volume of Season 1 for the second season. In addition to a fully-voiced scenario with animated scenes, it will have over 10 tracks by composer Motoi Sakuraba. Series recurring, crafting character Welch Vineyard will appear as a key character for the season.

A new "Assist Character" system will be introduced in Season 2. This allows the player to assign an Assist Character to each member in the party. One can activate an "Assist Skill" with an Assist Character at any time during battle. When a party member with an assigned Assist Character performs a Rush Combo, there's a chance they can activate the "Assist Cut-in" to help increase the damage.

Its launch date is expected to be Summer 2018.[1]

Novelization

The game has received a novel adaptation based on the first episode/season titled, Star Ocean Anamnesis -The Beacon of Hope-, written by Satoshi Wagahara.

Manga

On the 7th of September 2018, the official japanese twitter of the game, has announced that a manga based on Episode 2 - Twin Eclipse -, will be published on the game's official website. Story will be written by Satoshi Wagahara with illustration done by Yukihiro Kajimoto. It is due to start on 10th of september with the first chapter being published on the official website.

Production credits

Game Design Supervisor
Lead R&D
Masaki Norimoto
Programmer/Scenario concepts Yoshiharu Gotanda
Lead Programmer Hidenori Iwakiri
Program Director Satoshi Ogasawara
Sound Director Michihiko Shichi
Main Visual/Character Design akiman
Scenarios Mitsuhiko Nakazawa
Music Motoi Sakuraba
Development Director Koji Ohkohara
Operations Director Masato Tochio
Development Producer Shingo Mukaitokage
Operation's Producer Shoji Hirata
Producer Takaaki Kai
Series Producer Shuichi Kobayashi

Gallery

Main article: /Gallery

Videos

Star Ocean- Anamnesis Opening

Star Ocean- Anamnesis Opening

External Links

Credits

  • Thanks to Quan and Len for Japanese translations to character info and stats.
  • Thanks to Bite Me Universe for HD game images.
  • Thanks to Caim for HD iMessage images.

References