Square Enix recently shared the latest on Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness with videos demonstrating its battle system basics. This time we got more on Private Actions and Welch details.
As detailed earlier, Private Actions vary depending on how far you are along the game and the bond between characters. There are Private Actions for events relating to the story, simple everyday talk, or even some events that will reveal secrets from the characters. Again, this feature may even influence things related to roles or abilities as well.
On the subject of bonding, the protagonist Fidel will also have a bonding level with each party member, and it’ll change as you go through the story and Private Actions. The level of bonding affects conversations, events, battles, and even the ending.
For example, when Fidel is closer to one of the characters they may support each other more, if one happens to get incapacitated the other will go in an enraged state for higher attack, and it can also change the character’s AI. There is said to be a special something that awaits in the ending for the character that is closest to Fidel.
Private Actions are indicated by the marker shown in the above image, which you can start by simply walking into it. Once you approach it, a specific character will show up for the Private Action.
Some will have you choose certain choices, and it’ll affect the bonding level with a character depending on the answer. This also affects future Private Action contents, allowing you to see other sides of characters that you might only be able to see depending on the type of choices made in past Private actions.
Unlike the Private Actions in town, the ones during your journey in the fields automatically activate even without having specific characters or required bond levels with the characters. These events will show more of the characters personalities and thoughts.
We also got a look at Party Skills along with Welch and her Item creation system. Here are some of the basics. Welch is a beautiful and energetic girl who resides in Medock and works hard in Item Creation research. She’ll occasionally make Fidel and the others into gathering material, and can be a bit pushy and freewheeling at times, but she’ll help by teaching all kinds of techniques.
While visiting Welch at Medock, you can learn about Item Creation in order to acquire various party skills. Item Creation is split into three different parts of “Recipe Synthesis,” “Creative Synthesis,” and “Equipment Upgrade.” The creations can be done anywhere.
Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness will release in Japan on March 31 for PlayStation 4 and April 28, 2016 for PlayStation 3. The game is headed Westward in 2016. In case you missed it, we’re getting the game’s first English livestream on March 21. Get more details on that in our previous report.