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Available Today for Nintendo Switchâ„¢, PlayStation®5, PlayStation®4 and PC via STEAM ®

LONDON (Nov. 2, 2023) SQUARE ENIX® today announced that STAR OCEAN™ THE SECOND STORY R™, the 2.5D remake of the highly acclaimed second installment of the STAR OCEAN series, is available today both physically and digitally for Nintendo Switch™, PlayStation®5 (PS5®) and PlayStation®4 (PS4®) consoles, and digitally on PC via STEAM®. STAR OCEAN THE SECOND STORY R revitalizes the renowned 1998 RPG with a charming 2.5D aesthetic, a rearranged soundtrack, new difficulty settings, numerous quality-of-life improvements and more. A playable demo is also available now on all platforms and players will be able to carry over their save progress from the demo into the main game.

Watch the STAR OCEAN THE SECOND STORY R launch trailer here:
“When we first announced the game, the fan response we heard from around the world was incredibly exciting,” said Kei Komaki, the game’s Producer. “Throughout the development of STAR OCEAN THE SECOND STORY R, we often found new ways to appreciate the original game, and seeing others share that passion with us was amazing. Now that the game has launched, we are thrilled that players will be able to see our full vision – a reimagining made for fans new and old.”
To watch the STAR OCEAN THE SECOND STORY R Composer interview, please visit:
In STAR OCEAN THE SECOND STORY R, Claude, a Federation officer, is searching for a way home after being transported to an underdeveloped planet. An encounter with a girl named Rena draws them together into a quest to save her people, just as an ancient prophecy foretold. Players can begin the game with either Claude or Rena, with their perspectives and potential allies changing depending on their choice.

STAR OCEAN THE SECOND STORY R features fast-paced, real-time combat, a deep skill system and Private Actions, which will allow players to grow relationships with their party members and unlock multiple different endings. STAR OCEAN THE SECOND STORY R has Japanese and English text and voiceover language support, including voiceovers performed by members of the original Japanese cast. Subtitle support for French, Italian, German, and Spanish is available via a software update.
STAR OCEAN THE SECOND STORY R is now available for Nintendo Switch, PS5, PS4 and PC via STEAM. For more information, visit: 
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About the STAR OCEAN Series
Developed by tri-Ace Inc. and published by Square Enix, the STAR OCEAN series is a long-running action-RPG series spanning multiple entries and commemorated its 25th anniversary in 2021. The series is known for its exciting gameplay, epic storylines, diverse cast of characters, as well as its innovative approach to action combat. In 2019, an HD remaster of the first installment in the series, Star Ocean First Departure R, released for the Nintendo Switch™ and PlayStation®4, delivering the classic title with updated visuals, audio, and several quality-of-life improvements to fans around the world. In 2022, STAR OCEAN THE DIVINE FORCE, the sixth main installment in the series, delivered a fresh and exciting gameplay experience in an epic world. STAR OCEAN THE SECOND STORY R, the latest release in the series, reimagines the second STAR OCEAN game with new 2.5D graphics, a rearranged soundtrack, and numerous quality-of-life improvements.

About Square Enix Ltd.
Square Enix Ltd. develops, publishes, distributes and licenses SQUARE ENIX® and TAITO® branded entertainment content in Europe and other PAL territories as part of the Square Enix group of companies. The Square Enix group of companies boasts a valuable portfolio of intellectual property including: FINAL FANTASY®, which has sold over 185 million units worldwide; DRAGON QUEST®, which has sold over 88 million units worldwide; and the legendary SPACE INVADERS®. Square Enix Ltd. is a London-based, wholly owned subsidiary of Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd.
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