It seems almost impossible to keep third-party titles exclusive to one particular platform for very long; in the realm of RPGs, we've already seen Eternal Sonata and Tales of Vesperia start out on the Xbox 360 and then eventually make their way to the PlayStation 3. Might Square-Enix's Star Ocean: The Last Hope be next on the list?

Throughout much of 2009, we've seen more than a few rumors concerning the possibility of a port, but Square-Enix has never made an official announcement. To avid followers of the Star Ocean franchise, it makes little to no sense to keep this newest installment off a PlayStation platform, but we assume Square-Enix had a reason (a reason with lots of dollar bills attached to it). Anyway, it seems that GameFly now has a listing for a PS3 version of The Last Hope . Not surprisingly, there is no estimated release date and unfortunately, we can't seem to find another retailer that sports this same listing. However, it might just be that GameFly is ahead of the curve on this one, and maybe Square-Enix will make the announcement at this year's Tokyo Game Show. For my part, I don't really care; I played 20 hours of The Last Hope and while I loved the concept, the combat annoyed me so much that I eventually had to trade it in. There are better RPGs out there, certainly, but I also know that many people have had a great deal of fun with Star Ocean . …I just wasn't one of those people.

As for Tales of Vesperia , there's no word yet on if the PS3 version really is coming to North America, but we'd almost have to assume it is. This is another one we'll keep an eye on.

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JMO_INDY
JMO_INDY
11 years ago

Ummmm….yay?

kokoro
kokoro
11 years ago

Please don't make such cliche and childish coments.

JMO_INDY
JMO_INDY
11 years ago

wow, freak out dude, and im the chidish one? and how is that comment cliche exactly?


Last edited by JMO_INDY on 7/28/2009 2:34:43 AM

Banky A
Banky A
11 years ago

@ Kokoro

o_O O_o

I wish I was speechless but this is what I had to say.

Morals
Morals
11 years ago

Let this be legit (crosses fingers)

NightHawk17
NightHawk17
11 years ago

It's coming sooner or later, the real question is when?

I might buy it when it comes out even tough the voices are horrible as long as the price is reasonable and if i don't have any games to play…oh and if i don't have any work to do 😀

Evil Incarnate
Evil Incarnate
11 years ago

I wouldn't be surprised if this were true. Gamefly tries to list new games before anyone else does and they've let the cat out of the bag early a few times now.This is great news for PS3 owners!


Last edited by Evil Incarnate on 7/27/2009 10:29:00 PM

Scarecrow
Scarecrow
11 years ago

To be honest, I really don't care 'bout this game…

godsman
godsman
11 years ago

I've been waiting forever, let's hope it comes out this year.

Microsoft spent all these money for Japanese market penetration. After they take the first share of sales, Sony will come into take the real sales. Its kind of sad to see some PS3 ports to see just as much sales as Xbox after 1 year.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

If they add some content and stuff I'll get it, but probably not at full price. Boy did SE miss the boat on their own product with this.

LowKey
LowKey
11 years ago

@mastifchild
Are you sure you played SO TET? cause I played it and there was absolutely no let down anywhere, well ok the item creation was a little bit annoying, but the rest of the game was phenominal, and Worldendswithme, you have said what I've been saying for the past year about SE missin the boat.

SerichA
SerichA
11 years ago

Of course Vesperia will come to America. I wouldn't worry at all, the series makes Namco money.

As for Star Ocean, they'll have to fix it up a lot…there's simply so many little hitches.

Kinda ironic how they're porting stuff from 360 to PS3 more than the other way around, yeah? Cause it's supposed to be easy to port from PS3 to 360, but hard from 360 to PS3.

godsman
godsman
11 years ago

On top of that, there are more people willing to pay full price for RPG rather than Xbox if it would ever be released on PS3 platform first.

mastiffchild
mastiffchild
11 years ago

I doubt they'll port SO4 over myself. As a series fan(one that wasn't even put off by the poor SO3 effort)I actually played the US 360 version at a mates on a chipped console a while back and it has got major tech issues, story problems and some dungeons turn into huge joyless grinds at times.

The combat's the star for me but if they find a willing audience, remember this will arrive in the west after FF13 I would think(if at all)for such a flawed game and after such a loooong wait too.

The initial, and unlikely, excuse that they began before the PS dev kits were out is gone(and if so how did ES get released everywhere before this got to the EU on PS3?)now but they'll really have to work hard and add extras to make it a goer on PS3. Reviews were terrible(esp in the UK at 360 only mags and sites)as well so will there really be a profit in porting such soiled goods?

Banky A
Banky A
11 years ago

Is that picture right???

I hope we get SO4.
I spent way too long on SO3 and then went overboard in time trying to get stronger to beat Freya.

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
11 years ago

No, sorry, that picture wasn't right. Seems it was incorrectly labeled in the database…

Anyway, fixed now.

Oxvial
Oxvial
11 years ago

yeah I remember this game was helping the XBOX 360 on Japan but suddenly Yakuza 3 just raped him…I dont care about this bastard son of the 360 I want my Yakuza 3 US version!!!


Last edited by Oxvial on 7/27/2009 11:59:51 PM

Lotusflow3r
Lotusflow3r
11 years ago

i completely agree with u, Yakuza needs to come!

Ive played the demo so many times.

BigBoss4ever
BigBoss4ever
11 years ago

Star Ocean 4 is awesome and it is my second fav. JRPG this gen after Lost Odyssey, I just love the vibrant color and typical classic JRPG world, have not seen much this gen. and I am dying for it. cuz used to see so much on PS2, i need more, 10x more of those this gen.


Last edited by BigBoss4ever on 7/28/2009 1:28:32 AM

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
11 years ago

Indeed. I can't wait for SO4 either.

Jawknee
Jawknee
11 years ago

Wait, you love Star Ocean but hate FFVII? okay…

BigBoss4ever
BigBoss4ever
11 years ago

this is off the topic here but let me clarify

@jawkee

I dont hate FF7, that was not wut I said, I said FF7 was a great game, I played it thru 9 times; wut I said in the other posting was they use the same thing again and again to just make money, thats wut they are really doing; And it is exactly this business practice that damaged Square's reputation and compromised Square's recent game quality, they need to move ahead and bring out their real talents and focus on creating classic games just like the old SquareSoft days. not just use a legendary title to make money.

another point, FF7 is a great game, but so are many other titles — Chrono Trigger, Cross, FF4, FF6, FF8, FF10, even FF12, Romancing Saga on SFC, Vagrant Story, Dragon's Quest 8 etc ,they are all great games and most games are on par with FF7.

The fact that Square continues to pick FF7 to be its money-making strategy does not mean FF7 is above all the rest RPGs, and as time goes on, if you continue hearing only FF7, you had enough and get sick of it


Last edited by BigBoss4ever on 7/28/2009 11:13:02 AM

Jawknee
Jawknee
11 years ago

Thanks for clarifying. I assumed you hated it cause this is the 1st ive seen youve said something positive about it that I've seen. As for the making money part, if people will buy it they should sell it. This hasn't hurt Square in my eyes, the M$ whoreing what hurt them in my eyes. They need money to work on games. If they can stil make money off FFVII just goes to show good the game is. The money to pay people to work on future FF titles has to come from some where.


Last edited by Jawknee on 7/28/2009 11:36:49 AM

b3mike
b3mike
11 years ago

meh……….

money grubbing SE just trying to recoup losses from ps3 fans

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
11 years ago

At least this way they will see that releasing an RPG on the PS3 is a profitable venture, and they don't require a subsidy from Microsoft to make a platform profitable for them.

VersusAlby
VersusAlby
11 years ago

I played through SO1 and SO3
Star Ocean 3 was a horrible game at least for me
the story was so fucked up
but it had some interesting features

can somebody tell is it still the same combat system So3 had?

Oyashiro
Oyashiro
11 years ago

Can't this just be a glitch? Isn't Gamefly a US only retailer? Why would they have this information that hasn't even been leaked to Japanese retailers?

Andysw
Andysw
11 years ago

You know what? I'm getting tired of seeing certain exclusives become multiplatforms.

Mr Bitey
Mr Bitey
11 years ago

"…while I loved the concept, the combat annoyed me so much that I eventually had to trade it in."

So is the combat for SO:TLH pretty similar to Tales of Vesperia then? Hack and slash with a story?

shindelion
shindelion
11 years ago

It could be that Square did not get a lot of sales for this 4th entry on the 360 and thus running to the Sony fans. I'm still vexed that we had to wait so long for this game, when most fans of the game own a Sony system. I'm not against any 360 owners or against 360, it's just that they could have release it at the same time on 360 & PS3. In other words serving two customers at the same time and not leaving your most loyal customer waiting. I don’t care for this game no more; it’s now an old cold dish being reserved on a new plate while being microwave. They lose out on a potential first day buyer.

Oxvial
Oxvial
11 years ago

So you dont know that if square release this games on the ps3 the 360 would be death on japan a long time ago.

shindelion
shindelion
11 years ago

That I do know. Its the stab in the back I'm still feeling, not fully healed yet.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
11 years ago

Think about this. SE probably made money on SO4 because of their exclusivity deal with MS which no doubt included an incentive to cover the loses generated by selling too few copies on the 360. Now Se (assuming that So4 does come to PS3) will have an opportunity to see how their game would sell on Sony's platform, without the subsidy from Microsoft skewing the numbers. I'd bet that with the PS3 sales included SO4 would have made money without the MS deal. I'll also be unsurprised if the sales of SO4 on the PS3 are not higher than the sales on the 360, to the point that the game would have made a profit on the PS3 without an exclusivity contract and subsidy. I'd hope that SE's business managers will see the numbers and understand their meaning, and start making business decisions motivated by the long term health of their company, rather than the short term advantage of getting into bed with Microsoft.

shindelion
shindelion
11 years ago

I thought of that idea as well and you make a valid point: it might not sell as expected, coming out so late. If it does come out I'll be waiting till its cheap. I got my RPG hunger fixed on other stuff and I'm quite full so far.

BigBoss4ever
BigBoss4ever
11 years ago

@highlander

could not agree with u more, excellent point!

bebestorm
bebestorm
11 years ago

If it does come I'd buy it again.

Arvis
Arvis
11 years ago

I'm not optimistic for the PS3 sales numbers of this game. Had it been multiplat from Day 1, I would have bought it on Day 1. Now, it's rent-only for me. And I'm certain most people see it the same way. Lots of fans of the series own both a PS3 AND a 360, and already bought it months ago. Many fans who only own a PS3 (like myself) feel jilted and no longer have the motivation to spend full price on sloppy seconds.

-Arvis

shindelion
shindelion
11 years ago

Well, that's exactly what I'm saying.

Vivi_Gamer
Vivi_Gamer
11 years ago

I hope we get this, the PS3 really needs a strong RPG. FFXIII is still a while off. I really enjoyed SO3 on the PS2, So i would like the chance to play the lastest one.

mastiffchild
mastiffchild
11 years ago

Personally I felt SO3 was a let down after the first two games had been so good and, to be honest, you'll prolly find SO4 a let down too.

Certainly it isn't the game to save the rep of the PS3 jrpg. I do not see a good enough reason for a port unless much is changed and added to this game.

Vivi_Gamer
Vivi_Gamer
11 years ago

I never got the chance to play the first two, so i was never very critical while playing it and really enjoyed it, i got rather addicted to it infact 😐 lol. actually i dont think i ever completed it, im somehwere on disc 2.

shindelion
shindelion
11 years ago

@ mastiffchild I strongly agree with you, SO3 was a let down for me also. I still play SO2 even now on PSP.

Alienange
Alienange
11 years ago

People have had fun with Star Ocean yes. But not many have had fun with SOTLH. This release will bomb.

smileys_007
smileys_007
11 years ago

I lost my hype in this game. Even if it will be released on the ps3, I don't think that I'm gonna buy this game. I'm more interested in getting Demon's Souls. Hey Ben, I have a question. What is your opinion on Demon's Souls, is it a good game to you?