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Prologue of The Game Available to Play Now on Nintendo Switchâ„¢, PlayStation®5, PlayStation®4 and PC via STEAM® 

LONDON (Sept. 14, 2023) – Today SQUARE ENIX® released a playable demo of their upcoming title STAR OCEAN™ THE SECOND STORY R™. In this demo, players will be able to start their adventure and experience the opening hours of the game that will be part of the final game when it releases on November 2nd, 2023. Players will also be able to carry over their save progress from the demo into the main game at launch. Cross-generational saving will also allow PlayStation 4 players to continue playing on the PlayStation 5 with the same save.

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The demo will include three cities, two dungeons and two bosses and give players an in-depth look into the opening hours of the game as players choose their protagonist, battle with three party members and enjoy new features such as ‘Assault Action’ and ‘Break’.

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A 2.5D remake of the 1998 RPG and highly acclaimed 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 a variety of different endings.

Pre-orders for the physical and digital standard editions are available now.
Pre-order to obtain the following digital content:

  • Pangalactic Federation Longsword
  • Forest Knuckles
Early Purchase Bonuses:
  • Sunrise Ring
  • Set of recovery items (Mixed berries x20 + Resurrection Potion x20)
Customers who purchase the game during the early purchase bonus availability period (*) are eligible to acquire an accessory that can be equipped by all playable characters and two different types of recovery item as a bonus.
STAR OCEAN THE SECOND STORY R will be available for Nintendo Switch, PS5™, PS4™ and PC via STEAM on 2 November 2023. For more information, visit:
* Customers who purchase the game on Steam by 16:59PM and 23:59PM on other platfoms on November 16th, 2023 are eligible to acquire the early purchase bonuses.
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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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