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News Archive - 2009: 1st Qtr

Announcement (17/3/09)

Today is St. Patricks day, but more importantly for tri-Ace fans it's also the North American release day for Valkyrie Profile: Covenant of the Plume.

Covenant of the Plume is the third Valkyrie Profile title to date and the first tri-Ace title released exclusively on Nintendo DS. Also for the first time in the series the main character is a male, Wylfred who opposes the Valkyries in an effort to avenge the death of his father.

Also, the official European product page for Covenant of the Plume has been released, it can be translated into five different languages and gives an overview of the game, it also features some new wallpapers available for download.

*You can find the above avatars, and more Valkyrie Profile avatars at our VP: Covenant avatars page, which was also updated today.

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Announcement (6/3/09)

The North American official site for Valkyrie Profile: Covenant of the Plume has been updated today. This will be released exclusively for the Nintendo DS on the 17th of March 2009 in the US, and on the 3rd of April 2009 in Europe.

The Latest additions include.

  • Character Section Update, now including details for: Gwendal, Auguste, Lockswell, Valmur & Phiona.
  • Opening of new World section, including the following: Asgard, Midgard, Niflheim & a World Map, featuring several towns you will see during the game.
  • Discuss Valkyrie Profile: Covenant of the Plume in the forum

    Announcement (6/3/09)

    Star Ocean: Second Evolution has been available internationally for a few weeks now, and today Fayt has added a detailed review for it. Looking as the improvements of the PSP version, to changes made and explaining the game in general. You can read the review by clicking here.

    We have also made minor updates to the Star Ocean: Star Ocean: Second Story/Evolution section. Including more information on the PSP remake, additional screenshots and a few other minor updates.

    Discuss Star Ocean: Second Evolution in the forum

    Announcement (4/3/09)

    Update on the PAL release of Star Ocean: The Last Hope.

    At a press event in London in the last 24 hours producer Yoshinori Yamagishi revealed that those in PAL countries (Europe, Australia and others) still have a while to wait yet. Unfortunately a release is not expected until around June 09.

    Bitter sweet news for PAL fans on the back of record sales in Japan on it's launch week. Once a confirmed date is known we'll update it right here.

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    Announcement (1/3/09)

    Things have been quiet on the Valkyrie Profile front, but we have finally updated the Covenant of the Plume page with character profiles.

    Discuss Valkyrie Profile: Covenant of the Plume in the forum

    Announcement (27/2/09)

    A change of pace for today from the excitement Star Ocean: The Last Hope. We at Star Ocean Universe have launched a new section, relating to the Star Ocean Series as a whole.

    The new section includes:

  • Background information relating to the series
  • Timeline summary of the series
  • Overview of typical Star Ocean elements, such as Action Battles, Private Actions, Item Creation & Optional Characters
  • Background information and a preview for all the Star Ocean titles released to date, with screenshots to highlight the evolution of the series
  • Visit the new Star Ocean Series section now

    Announcement (24/2/09)

    Star Ocean: The Last Hope will be released today right across the US and many other NTSC countries.

    Famitsu.com reported today (per citing data from it's parent company Enterbrain) that there have already been 166,027 sold units for Star Ocean: The Last Hope. Which is the highest amount of sales on release week for any Xbox 360 game in Japan to date!

    The period relating to the sales covers the 16th of Feb to the 22nd of Feb, clearly this is excellent news for tri-Ace and Square Enix. Particularly after far less successful starts with games such as Infinite Undiscovery and The Last Remnant.

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    Announcement (21/2/09)

    As we turn out eyes to the English release of Star Ocean: The Last Hope the US Official site has been updated.

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    The updated sections (not marked with "NEW" however like most official sites) include:

  • Character section update: Now including, Arumat, Bacchus, Meracle, Myuria & Sarah. All characters on the official site also have different artworks to those witnessed on the JP official site.
  • Video section update: Featuring 4 videos, a 15 & 30 second short trailer, as well as the 08 E3 trailer and a US trailer.
  • The site still lists the US release date at the 24th of Feb, so expect more updates to the official site over the next few days, or even hours. For example the Multimedia and Gameplay sections are still listed as "Coming Soon" at the time of this particular announcement.

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    Announcement (19/2/09)

    It's finally arrived...if you live in Japan that is. Today Star Ocean: The Last Hope will be all over Japan, and will also reach the US just a few days thereafter on the 24th. The JP official site has also been updated again, perhaps for the last time.

    Today's updates to the official site include the following:

  • Character section update, featuring Stephen D. Kenny.
  • System section update #1, featuring information and screenshots relating to Quest's.
  • System section update #2, featuring information and screenshots relating to "Other". Which includes Collection, Monster Jewel, Game (Colosseum) & even Bunny Races!
  • Special section update #1, featuring a new CM trailer in Promotional Movies.
  • Special section update #2, featuring a new Combo 2 trailer in Game Movies.
  • Visit the Japanese Official Site and check it out right away. Also, as you look around occasionally a part for the site will flash in a small circular fashion, click it! This will build the gauge on the left of screen which can unlock other parts of the site, such as some character voice-acting or even a screen-saver for your PC!

    *You can find the above avatar for Stephen, and more in our Star Ocean avatar section.

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    Announcement (19/2/09)

    Understandably today the focus is on Star Ocean: The Last Hope, but today we have have updates to our Star Ocean: First Departure section as well.

    This update includes an updated preview on the game, a new section which previews all of the playable characters, and finally a new detailed review of the remake.

    Discuss Star Ocean: First Departure in the forum

    Announcement (18/2/09)

    Just a quick update today, Valkyrie Profile: Covenant of the Plume will be released in European and PAL territories as of the 3rd of April 2009.

    This will be released exclusively on Nintendo DS, making it the first ever title tri-Ace will release on the dual-screen hand-held system. Although unlike Valkyrie Profile titles of the past you will not play as a Valkyrie in it, but rather oppose one.

    Discuss Valkyrie Profile: Covenant of the Plume in the forum

    Announcement (14/2/09)



    The Official Star Ocean 4 Site has been updated.

    • Sarah Jerand has been added
    • Each character has a new image showing their different facial expressions (similar to the ones on the Second Evolution site)
    • New worlds have been added (Lemrick, EnII, Roak)
    • New races added (Lemurisian, Morphus, Felpool, Feather folk, highlander)
    • A new promotional movie and three new gamplay movies (Combo, Combo counter, Sight out 2) have been added
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    Announcement (14/2/09)

    The English official site for Valkyrie Profile: Covenant of the Plume has been updated again.

  • Character section update, adding 5 (or 6) new characters: Ancel, Lieselotte, Ushio, Cheripha & Mireille & Mischka.
  • Download section update, featuring 4 wallpapers you can download for your PC (in either 1280,1024 or 1024x768)
  • Discuss Valkyrie Profile: Covenant of the Plume in the forum

    Announcement (13/2/09)

    A break from all the SO4 news, today is the day that the rest of us in the PAL regions can get our hands on the SO2 remake, Second Evolution - just when all of America has finished the game.

    Discuss Second Evolution in the forum

    Announcement (11/2/09)



    Some new scans have been released showing Steve D. Kenny. Possibly Ronyx's father.

    Announcement (6/2/09)

    As we approach the release of Star Ocean: The Last Hope a wealth of information about it is coming to hand.

    The JP official site for Star Ocean: The Last Hope has been updated today, featuring a bunch of new information, and confirming the translated name of whom we previously believed was Eilmat P. Thanatos to Arumat P. Thanatos.

  • Character section update, featuring Arumat P. Thanatos.
  • System section update, featuring information and screenshots to new Field & Skill System sections.
  • Battle section update, featuring information and screenshots to new Battle Bonus & Full Real Time Battle sections.
  • Special section update, featuring two new Game Movies on Private Actions (#2 & #3).
  • Anyway, visit the Japanese Official Site and check it out for yourself!

    *You can find the above avatar for Arumat, and more in our Star Ocean avatar section.

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    Announcement (4/2/09)

    Today's Famitsu has revealed yet another character for Star Ocean: The Last Hope!

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    Sarah Jerand: She is a Featherfolk from the planet Roak who wields a staff of sorts, meaning we have yet another Symbologist on offer. Also note that she shares the same surname of Erys and Iousha from Star Ocean: First Departure, considering The Last Hope takes place approximately 36 years prior the past events of First Departure she is likely to be related to them somehow.

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    Announcement (30/1/09)

    The Official Star Ocean 4 site has been updated yet again.

    • Information about the new battle system ('Rush combo' and 'Sight in/Sight out')
    • Spec has been updated
    • Some more game movies have been added to Special, demonstrating the new battle system (Rush Combo, Sight in/out, Raided attack)

    Eilmat has not been added to the characters section in this update.

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    Announcement (25/1/09)

    A new character has been revealed in this scan:

     

    Eilmat P. Thanatos: An Elderian warrior with an imposing look, with white hair and a scar running from his right eye to his left cheek. Belonging to the same race as Faize, Eilmat is the captain and leader of the elite 13th Independent Armored Division, a special task force with no affliation to any organizations on Elder. Having gone through countless battles, Eilmat has a strong distrust with individuals other than his own troops. He has a strong responsibility to his men, where they in turn are loyal and place great trust in him and his leadership.

    Eilmat has been added to the character list in the Star Ocean 4 section

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    Announcement (22/1/09)

    BEHOLD! The North American Star Ocean 4 site! Available sections are Characters, Story, and About. All the others are labelled "Coming Soon". The characters that are listed so far on this site are Edge, Reimi, Faize and Lymle.

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    Announcement (22/1/09)

    The North American website for the upcoming Valkyrie Profile title, Covenant of the Plume, has been updated with information on the story, characters and game features as well as a trailer.

    Discuss Valkyrie Profile: Covenant of the Plume in the forum

    Announcement (19/1/09)



    The Star Ocean 4 site has been updated again.
    • Welch has been added to the character section
    • The System section has been updated (Item Creation and Private Action)
    • A private action movie has been added to the Special section.


    An interesting new feature has been revealed in this update. As an expansion of the private action component, you can now organise your party's living arrangements with the ability to allocate roommates. Item creation has also been expanded with a feature called the Factor System.

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    Announcement (14/1/09)

    Today the PAL (UK) release date for Star Ocean: Second Evolution has finally been released, it should be available in your local stores on the 13th February 2009. For those that have never played Second Story before this will be an excellent opportunity to do so. If not, then at least curiosity to see how things have changed, and how Welch gets integrated into the game should be enough to wet your appetite. This will be a must get for Star Ocean fans.

    Also a reminder this is expected to be available in NTSC (US) on the 20th January 2009.

    Discuss Star Ocean: Second Story/Evolution in the forum!

    Announcement (10/1/09)



    The Infinite Undiscovery section and content has been expanded. While the main focus at the moment is clearly Star Ocean: The Last Hope this has been a great first title for tri-Ace on the Xbox 360 and has been available for 4 months now.

    Today the Infinite Undiscovery section has been updated providing a preview on the game, including a few screenshots and introductory character profiles. Also new avatars have been added, and a review on the game is now available.

    Be sure to check them out, while the Last Hope deserves the spotlight at the moment this should not be forgotten either!

    Discuss Infinite Undiscovery in the forum!

    Announcement (9/1/09)

    Happy new year everyone! We have news from Last Hope central. Firstly, a Star Ocean 4 bundle has been announced. The bundle consists of an Xbox 360 console, a wireless controller, five Xbox Live games, a copy of Star Ocean: The Last Hope, a selection of songs from the Star Ocean Best Collection CD, and a Star Ocean 4 faceplate. The bundle is priced at �24,800, which is about US$271.51 or AU$384.14.

    In other Star Ocean 4 news, Welch Vineyard is set to make appearance in the game. Introduced in Star Ocean: Till the End of Time as the quirky clerk of the Inventors Guild, Welch has also been added to the PSP remakes of the first to games (First Departure and Second Evolution). In this iteration, she will be assisting the player in Item Creation. The scans also show her to have a different appearance with purple hair and glasses.

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    Also, the Official Star Ocean 4 Site has been updated with a new video added to the Special section as well as a new character: Myuria Tionysus who has been previously shown in Famitsu. Myuria's avatar has also been added to the Star Ocean Avatar gallery.

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