“No Plans” for Western Release of Star Ocean 2 for PS4 and Vita

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

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It has been revealed in an interview with Siliconera that there are no plans by Square Enix to bring the PS4 and PS Vita versions of Star Ocean 2: Second Evolution to the West. When Shuichi Kobayashi was asked in the interview whether Square Enix was looking into whether to bring the remake to the West, he said:

“Yamagishi-san he was the producer that created the PSP remake and released the PS4 and Vita version in Japan. After he released the remake he hasn’t really done anything for the West. At this moment, there are no plans to release that title in the West. However, these are my personal thoughts and nothing has been decided yet, but since I am kind of rebooting the [Star Ocean] series I know that I can’t leave it alone. I would love to release it somehow. Maybe create a back catalog or have some way to purchase it because I know a lot of people and maybe even people who play this new title would want to play the older [Star Ocean] titles too. I know we should probably do this. I don’t know if it will be me or Yamagishi-san again, but there should be a way to do this. There are no plans this moment, but I am thinking about it.”

The version in question is the PS4/Vita port of the PSP remake of Star Ocean 2, which originally released for the PS1 under the name Star Ocean: The Second Story in 1999 in North America and in Europe in 2000. This will be disappointing news to the people who were hoping that this game will be localised.

The PS4/Vita versions of Star Ocean: Second Evolution released on October 28th last year and the PS3 version on Decmber 24th, a little under two months later.

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  • Mr0303

    I guess it somewhat depends on the sales of SO5, which I don’t think will do so great.

    • Wolfe

      I bought a copy for the pretties but haven’t touched it yet.

  • Wolfe

    Fuck you too, Square.

  • Jonah Rosen

    They could change their minds if we comment on it enough on their facebook page and blog, like with what happened with Adventures of Mana.


    Nice Square-Enix.. Give us the worse pile of dog shite Star Ocean: integrity and faithlessness but when it comes to a remake of the best one. Nope!


    Any wise company would release this in the west on both PS4 and Steam to maximise profits.. Not Square-Enix though.

  • Pamela

    I want to play SO3, it’s the only one I never played. I hope they don’t blame poor sales of SO5 in the West for not bringing remakes here because it only is doing poorly because they didn’t make that good of a game.

    • Daymon

      I know there are some people who really didn’t enjoy SO3, but it’s actually my favorite entry in the series. If you ever get the chance, I highly recommend it!

    • Pamela

      Well I was in the minority of those that loved so4, which seems much better than the 5 that came out funny enough. So maybe I will like so3 🙂

  • Lord Ackercocke

    Least I still have the PSP version.

  • LingeringCritic

    The tone of this article doesn’t really suggest anything one way OR the other. To get bent outta shape this early in the development cycle seems almost unnecessary. Odds are we’ll probably see one ported over in due time; SO2 sold well enough over here in both PSP and PS1 format to warrant a release.

    I think SO5 will have SOME weight on how this goes, but having actually read the article, it doesn’t seem like anyone’s against it, if anything he seems to be for it.

  • Panpopo

    My understanding from reading the interview is that nothing is set in stone, only that “there are no plans this moment, but I am thinking about it.“. It would be nice if they announced star ocean 1 and 2 psp remakes, along with 3 to be released via PSN or Steam down the line.

  • David S

    Disappointing. SO2 was probably the best in the series story wise IMO. (and that ridiculous array of characters you could recruit. Never did get them all) Playing SO 5 now. Mixed feelings so far, game play if fast a fluid once you get use to it, but the story is a little bland and the character interactions are a bit wonky. Not hating it, but it isn’t grabbing me as fast as earlier entries in the series did.