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Anime Opening Movie Debuts at ANIME Impulse OC, Featuring SUIREN

LONDON (Sept. 4, 2023) Today, SQUARE ENIX® revealed the brand-new anime opening movie for the upcoming 2.5D remake STAR OCEAN™ THE SECOND STORY R™, launching on Nov. 2, 2023, for Nintendo Switch™, PlayStation®5 (PS5®) and PlayStation®4 (PS4™) consoles, and digitally on PC via STEAM®. First shown to attendees of ANIME Impulse OC, the anime-style opening features dual playable protagonists Claude and Rena alongside their allies preparing for adventure, before facing off against an otherworldly threat.
The opening movie was produced by the animation production company, "Yostar Pictures." The song "stella" was written by SUIREN, a Japanese duo unit consisting of vocalist Sui and keyboardist/arranger Ren, and is the main theme song of STAR OCEAN THE SECOND STORY R. Players can look forward to the intense action visuals combined with an upbeat song in this new anime opening movie.
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A 2.5D remake of the 1998 RPG and second installment in the STAR OCEAN series, STAR OCEAN THE SECOND STORY R combines beautiful 3D environments with nostalgic 2D pixel characters, offering players both a classic RPG and modern gameplay experience. A rearranged soundtrack, new difficulty settings, numerous quality-of-life improvements and more revitalize the original game’s beloved features, like the fast-paced, real-time combat, deep skill system and Private Actions, which allow players to grow relationships with party members and unlock many different endings.
Pre-orders for the physical standard editions are available now and include the following digital content as a pre-order bonus through select retailers:

  • Pangalactic Federation Longsword
  • Forest Knuckles
  • x1 Set of recovery items (x20 Mixed berries + x20 Resurrection Potion)
  • x1 Sunrise Ring
STAR OCEAN THE SECOND STORY R will be available for Nintendo Switch, PS5™, PS4™ and PC via STEAM on Nov. 2, 2023. For more information, visit:

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SUIREN is a Japanese music duo consisting of vocalist Sui and keyboardist/arranger Ren. SUIREN has been active since 2020, mainly on YouTube. Their music combines the fleeting melody created by Sui’s unique voice and Ren's beautiful and sophisticated sounds, producing something otherworldly together. During their time as indie artists, they have released 2 EPs and 4 singles. With every release, their songs became a part of many official Spotify and Apple Music playlists, increasing their fame as artists. Their music was also chosen as the opening theme song for the fourth season of the popular anime series, “Kingdom.”

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. The highly acclaimed second installment in the STAR OCEAN series is returning as STAR OCEAN THE SECOND STORY R as a 2.5D remake and will release on November 2nd, 2023.
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 173 million units worldwide; DRAGON QUEST®, which has sold over 85 million units worldwide; and the legendary SPACE INVADERS®. Square Enix Ltd. is a London-based, wholly owned subsidiary of Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd. More information on Square Enix Ltd. can be found at:
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