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Star Ocean: First Departure is the PlayStation Portable remake of the series' original game Star Ocean, developed by tri-Ace and published by Square Enix. It is the fifth Star Ocean game released. The first details of the game were revealed at the "Star Ocean Special Stage" during the Square Enix Party 2007, alongside those of Star Ocean: Second Evolution, which was released 4 months later. Yoshinori Yamagishi, producer of the series, stated that he wanted the remakes to feel as though they're completely new games.

Story

Characters

Playable
Non-playable

Plot

Main article: /Timeline

The plot remains mostly unchanged from Star Ocean. However, new characters, and consequentially, new Private Actions and endings were added to this game.

Development

First Departure was produced using an improved version of Star Ocean: The Second Story's engine, which introduced prerendered backgrounds and 3D battle fields. The same engine was used for The Second Story's remake, produced at the same time as this game. Production I.G provided new artwork and animated cutscenes for the game. There are new voice actors and massive amounts of new, fully voiced dialogue, in comparison to the former version.

Plot-wise, new characters, and consequentially, new private actions and endings were added to this game, which increased from the Super Famicom version to around 80 different endings. In terms of gameplay, the game has been virtually unchanged in any aspect.

The remake also features a completely remastered soundtrack by Motoi Sakuraba and a theme song, "Heart", performed by the Japanese group Asunaro.

The English localization was handled by Nanica, Inc., with voiceover production services provided by Epcar Entertainment, Inc. Recordings were made at the Oracle Post studios in Burbank, CA.

Eternal Edition

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The Eternal Edition PSP

Alongside the regular version of First Departure, a limited edition package, the Eternal Edition, was released. It included a branded PSP Slim & Lite and an alternate box art, and other accessories. It retailed in Japan for ¥24,840.

Gallery

Videos

Star Ocean- First Departure Opening

Star Ocean- First Departure Opening