Gamefly Listing For PS3 Star Ocean: The Last Hope Was An “Error”

By Spencer . July 29, 2009 . 9:01pm


Surprisingly, Square Enix commented on the Star Ocean: The Last Hope listing found in the PlayStation 3 section of Gamefly. A spokesperson said, “the posting on was an error and had been taken down from their site.” (Thanks for the tip Stunt!!)


However, Square Enix wouldn’t comment on a PlayStation 3 version of Star Ocean: The Last Hope “at this time.”


The story gets a little more interesting because a Gamefly representative told Joystiq, “we simply post information as it is supplied to us by the publishers.”


Was the “error” revealing the PS3 version of Star Ocean: The Last Hope too early or a mistake from a PlayStation passionate database clerk? You decide.

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  • Secrecy is lame. But embargos are common… ugh. I just can’t wrap my head around keeping a relatively “meh” reveal for a major game show. Unless it goes through a lot of enhancements or something for a different console. We’ll see.

    • M’iau M’iaut

      Embargoes make even less sense in a contracting/flatlining market. Ok, so SO4 for the PS3 was ‘planned’ to be a TGS announcement… announcement that would get buried by whatever Squeenix itself has in terms of FFXIII show stuff and perhaps more hints of DQX for the Wii. And a SMT HD announcement would drop it even further down the show list.

      This industry is all over the place at the moment — half the devs demanding dl only NOW while the others fret about why their ‘artistic’ and ‘meaningful’ intentions are not being recognized by game buyers. You would think that any effort to get word out would be desired, not squashed.

      …..and in other news, you can now reserve that fuggly looking Rage shooter from Id….even though it aint SCHEDULED until mid-2011! Me thinks sometimes the industry deserves the crickets to be a chirpin.

      • =) You and I are clearly of the same mindset. A toast to you!

        • ReturnOfSomeDude

          Me three!

          Though, it gets kind of disheartening when you read stories here on Siliconera, and you’ll know it’s like the 4th time Spencer’s written about the game, but someone else will come in and be like, “WHY HAVE I HEARD NOTHING ABOUT THIS GAME?!”

          It’s comments like that that prompt publishers to institute the looooooooooooong roll out.

  • Aoshi00

    W/ Eternal Sonata and Vesperia having been ported, wouldn’t a PS3 SO4 port just be a matter of time?

    I was never a fan of the series, but I quite enjoyed this game even though the story or characters weren’t groundbreaking by any means, the tongue in cheek jokes and private action are pretty interesting to me.

    • I think a Star Ocean 4 port is inevitable. Tri-Ace is a PS3 developer too so they have experience with the hardware.

  • xemnas

    It’s most likely a case of “you revealed it too early” i notice this industry is very tricky with word play these days (NGS II only on the ps3).

    He did say it was an error..not a fallacy.

  • QBasic

    All of this seems like an act in futility. It’s *gonna* happen… We all *know* it. Might as well come out and say it.

  • Pesmerga00

    I can see it now “The Director’s Cut”. Playable Crowe, extra sidequests, more private actions, the ability to change costumes, and no damn disc swapping.

    Things are getting out of hand this generation. What with timed exclusives, cut content later released as DLC, nickel and diming us to death, and being so evasive regarding any future game announcements. It’s especially annoying when it’s obvious that these things were planned from the start. How about releasing multi-plat, then offering extras as DLC later. That way everyones happy. Though these things will continue as long as companies are willing to pay for exclusives.

    While it’s good that more people get to play and enjoy the game, it’s a little annoying for those of us who already bought it. A little respect for your fans would be nice.

    In the end we both lose, as you will either be waiting an extra year for release or missing out on some extra content.

    • Hraesvelgr

      None of that extra content would make the game worth it, because the characters and story are still terrible, the worlds are still boring and the combat system, while good, has too many flaws compared to similar titles. Vesperia PS3 looks amazing, but if SO4 is released on the PS3, I wouldn’t even rent it unless they… changed it into a completely different game, pretty much.

      Star Ocean used to be one of my favorite franchises, by they really dropped the ball with SO3 and they still haven’t managed to pick it back up.

      • vrakanox

        Well not worth it to you maybe, but I know I’d buy the game again just for Crowe playable. I loved the combat system in the game, I could play it for hours. Imagine a duel wielding swordsman with all his special moves and everything just sounds like an absolute blast to me.

        • QBasic

          I can prolly name about a dozen much, much better games out there with more badass, dual wielding swordsmen.

          Really. That’s not even close to a good-enough reason.

        • Aoshi00

          I really enjoyed the combat system too. Playable Crowe and addt’l private action, I wouldn’t mind getting it again. I still remember that aweseome cutscene when he came to save the day w/ Arumat.

      • QBasic


  • epy

    So yeah, I’ll go ahead and fulfill the quota of someone saying the following:

    Hope they retain the japanese track on this one, what I heard of the SO4 dub was not pleasant, even for dub lovers.

    Also, hope these dudes put the damn option to toggle the menu between the JP and the NA versions as well as anime and CG portraits. Come on, it’s so damn simple, you better do it.

    • xemnas

      I agree with all of this..i want my cute anime portraits back as well as JP voices

    • Hraesvelgr

      The main problem with the voice acting wasn’t really the voice acting itself, but rather the awful characters and script. Don’t get me wrong, the voice acting definitely wasn’t anything special, but I think people are wrong and/or delusional to blame only the VAs.

      • ReturnOfSomeDude

        I’m totally with you there, Hraesvelgr. The “failure” of the voice actor is usually caused by 3 or 4 people along the way. I’m not sure how Welch, Lymle, Sarah, or Muriel, hell, everyone except Bacchus, are supposed to deliver their lines in the sequences they were given by Japan and not sound like they’re 4-year-olds.

        • Aoshi00

          lol, they are a wacky bunch aren’t they. Yeah, they pretty much sound similar in the Jpn ver, although the Eng. VA took Welch even up a notch. I dunno, I enjoyed their hijinks even though it’s kind of silly, maybe hardcore SO fans find the dramatic “cartoon voices” hard to swallow.

          Other than the little girls, I thought Reimi, Faize, Bacchus, Arumat, etc sounded exceptional in the Eng dub, Edge was kind of a hit or miss. Like I said, w/ the exception of Edge, Crowe, and Myuria, I prefer the whole English cast. At least they’re called “Seeds of Hope” instead of “Fortune Babies” :P

      • Ereek

        I’ll second this. I am extremely glad that someone else understands that there’s more to voice work than the acting itself.

    • Aoshi00

      Despite what most said, having played both the Jpn and US ver, I actually really liked the English dub, w/ the exception of perhaps Mr. Maverick, Crowe, and Myuria. I prefer the cleaner and better looking US interface too w/ CG portraits (I didn’t think the anime portraits were very well drawn to begin w/…).

      Usually I don’t like them tempering w/ the original presentation, but I must say they did a good job on this one. If there’s option to toggle between the two, I would still choose the US ver.

  • This better be a lie… like The listing was an error, as in it wasn’t supposed to be put up there just yet. I really want SO4 for PS3!

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