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.