Square Enix has released a new batch of Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness screenshots that have, if nothing else, proven the distinct difference between tri-Ace’s approach to the franchise and the founding members’ previous place of work over at Bandai Namco’s Tales studio.
Bandai Namco, it seems, has achieved its dream of turning Tales into an annual franchise, and the most recent game seems to really show this desire to improve the well-oiled machine. Tales of Zestiria has some nice looking characters, but its environments and a good many other aspects all point towards a game that has been put together under the rush of a yearly release schedule.
Star Ocean, on the other hand, is only developed once in a generation, and it clearly shows with the effort and fine tuning being put into this game’s visuals. They are far crisper and more detailed than both its predecessor’s, Star Ocean 4’s, and its sister franchise over in the halls of Bandai Namco. I have a few gripes about some of the artistic design choices for a costume or two, but the set design and science fiction world are in a whole new class of excellence.
Overall, these characters hit a nice balance between the modern anime of today and the slightly reserved designs from an older, forgotten era of the JRPG genre. At least our dark haired hero has a bit of subtly to him, unlike the blonde haired green eyed guy from Star Ocean 4. Talk about an obnoxious design.
No release date has been set yet for Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness, but it will be released for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.