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Square Enix raising the bar for "international" editions with Star Ocean: The Last Hope

Square Enix's international editions like Kingdom Hearts Final Mix and Final Fantasy XII International usually have English voice acting and Japanese subtitles.

Star Ocean: The Last Hope International has English subtitles.

On top of that, this scan from Famitsu says players will be able to choose French, German, and other text options from a menu. You can also choose either English or Japanese voice acting. And since the PlayStation 3 is region free Star Ocean: The Last Hope International is probably the most import friendly Japanese RPG to date.

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saint_john_paul_ii2899d ago

its not that its going to import freindly. it just makes things cheaper.

Dragun6192899d ago (Edited 2899d ago )

You can Import it, Ps3 has no region locked games along with the fact that the international version supports English Dub and sub. Only problem would be that it's a bit pricey to import it.

Anyways, SquareEnix saw how much PS3 Slim sold in a week (150k in JP, 550k worldwide) and finally decided to support the PS3. This makes Yoichi Wada a fool for not supporting PS3 in the beginning.

Kain812899d ago

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and it is Complete different from Nier Geatalt more Japanese from that pic http://www.imagebam.com/ima...
or http://gamefront.de/

hay2899d ago

Square-Enix lowers the bar for standard, western editions with FFXIII.

vhero2899d ago

Another 360 exclusive bites the dust... Not only that yet again PS3 gets a superior edition again... You must feel like a bunch of BETA testers buying it for the 360 first? Thank god I don't buy JRPG's for my sons 360.

saint_john_paul_ii2899d ago

I know that its import freindly, just that it makes things cheaper and easier for them to pack everything in one disc.

rockleex2899d ago (Edited 2899d ago )

Square Enix simply wanted to make it hard for the Playstation 3 to succeed.

http://www.gamespot.com/ps3...

In the second paragraph, Michihiro Sasaki, the Senior Vice President of Square Enix states:

"We don't want the PlayStation 3 to be the overwhelming loser, so we want to support them. But we don't want them to be the overwhelming winner either, so we can't support them too much."

Making money on the HD consoles wasn't Square Enix's main criteria. They were mainly interested in seeing how much control they have over the console war.

beardpapa2899d ago

^ Apparently their "control" over the console war doesn't do very much if it isn't pro-Sony. I say that's PR BS. Swimming in $$$ cheque books more like it.

Swiftfox2899d ago (Edited 2899d ago )

Will I do agree Square Enix is to blame but I feel you misunderstood his quote.

I interpret it as he doesn't want to the PS3 to be the clear cut winner or loser, he wanted to draw in revenue from every available resource.

High profile games are very expensive to develop (regardless of system). They know that in order to draw in the most money they need to release on both consoles. However, they also know that the Xbox 360 is none too popular in Japan and a simultaneous release would see dismal sales for the system. On top of that, they know that in the West, their mainstream games are not as popular but they know what console is on top numerically in that territory.

Bye delaying the PS3 version for a year they can maximize sales in their home territory AND in the west for the Xbox 360. This also means an increase in sales for the Xbox 360 which turns into more of SE's games sold on that platform in the future.

The more competition, the greater the profits.

Square Enix isn't the only Jp developer to practice this and they won't be the last. As long as there is a potential for money to be made this will continue.

rockleex2899d ago (Edited 2898d ago )

PS3 and 360 are fighting over the same same potential 150 million or so gamer audience.

Most developers don't want to develop for multiple platforms for each and every HD game. They want their games to be released on whatever system has the most market share for that audience.

Developing for one console means less money being spent.

Why would they want to spend more money, to make the same game, for more consoles, just to reach 100% of their audience that they could have reached if just one of the consoles had total 100% market share?

Of course, its near impossible for one console to have 100% market share unless its the only console competing for that market audience. Which is why once one of the HD console has 75% market share or more, developers will find it no longer viable to spend extra money just to make their games multiplat. That's how every generation works.

But they're forced to make multiplats because neither the PS3 nor the 360 has a significant lead on the other one.

You can bet they want that day where they'd only need to develop for just one console to come sooner rather than later. Its just nonsense for a developer to wish for the days of multiplats to last even longer than it needs to.

Swiftfox2898d ago (Edited 2898d ago )

Hmm. You just made my point. =P

Square is gaining the most money it can by using both platforms to sell it's product. When one console outpaces the other then games will come more for that system. All I did was explain the year long delays between Xbox360 releases and the PS3's.

Edit: I never said it was Square Enix's goal to make a multiplat utopia, I was staying that for right now they are trying to maximize their sales in this mixed market.

rockleex2898d ago (Edited 2898d ago )

Your point is that Square Enix IS NOT prolonging the multiplat utopia. While I'm arguing that their words and actions are helping to prolong this multiplat utopia.

Just read this statement again:
"We don't want the PlayStation 3 to be the overwhelming loser, so we want to support them. But we don't want them to be the overwhelming winner either, so we can't support them too much."

These words, followed by Square Enix's actions this generation, clearly show that they want to prolong the "multiplat utopia." Simply for their own amusement or whatever psychotic reasons Yoichi Wada has come up with.

By the way, thanks for being able to carry a debate without the usual fanboy flamebait that usually run rampant on this website.

SaiyanFury2898d ago

Allow me to personally exclaim, "YES!!!!!"

I don't have to suffer through painful English voice acting, I can listen to the game in Japanese and it'll have English subtitles! This is even better than a North American version! Thank you S-E. :D

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Blasphemy2899d ago

With this new info I am wandering if this is going to be Japan only?

saint_john_paul_ii2899d ago

it wont most likely. it will eventually come to the West.

PirateThom2899d ago

If it's already translated, I doubt it will stay only in Japan.

Redempteur2899d ago

Even if this stay in japan .. this INTERNATIONAL version have the english text so i don't care .

IMPORT i will !!!

jack_burt0n2899d ago

WKC needs to come out on jan 1st ffs otherwise its all gonna be an rpg mess!!

saint_john_paul_ii2899d ago

its not confirmed wether or not Star Ocean will come to the PS3 in Feburary.

it will most likely be out in the summer of 2010.

jack_burt0n2899d ago (Edited 2899d ago )

http://img269.imageshack.us...

says the date and on sale, we know it has all languages.

The jp box is almost guaranteed to be nicer too!

saint_john_paul_ii2899d ago

im hoping though that its simultanious release worldwide in Feb. though.

slave2Dcontroller2899d ago

Will I need to swap Blu Ra..... PooooFFFFT! HAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAAAA! I couldnt even get it out good.

Vivi2899d ago

Will I need to swap Blu Ra..... PooooFFFFT! HAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAAAA! I couldnt even get it out good.

Sarcasm2898d ago

You guys must be playing the 360 versions if you're hearing "PPooofftttt" and everything stops working.

:)

Ravage272899d ago

but i'm a little worried since there was no mention of improved resolution...i have not played any sub-HD PS3 game yet and i really don't want to :/

On a sidenote, this pretty much confirmed the reason why FF13 does not support dual language voice

The Wood2899d ago

things like this kinda give more credence to the reasons the languages have been omitted. There's no excuse really except the obvious....time will tell