“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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