Square alters Star Ocean design for western release

Monday, 9th February 2009 10:30 GMT By Patrick Garratt


In an apparent effort to cater to western tastes, Square Enix has produced two HUD designs for Star Ocean: The Last Hope, one for Japan and one for the US and Europe.

As you can see on Siliconera, the western release features CG models for characters in the fight scenes, whereas the Japanese version’s gone for an anime look.

The menus are different, too.

Push yourself back from the edge of your seat and hit the link for more detail.



  1. Blerk

    Seems like a pretty bizarre thing to do. Do they really thing that the kind of people who’d be interested in a Star Ocean game would somehow be put off by a few anime portraits?

    #1 6 years ago
  2. Patrick Garratt

    “Square Enix battleplan 2009, internal use only:


    #2 6 years ago
  3. Psychotext

    I wouldn’t be put off… but I do prefer the western design.

    #3 6 years ago
  4. Blerk

    The Japanese portraits look kind of Tales-esque, whereas the Western ones remind me more of Valkyrie Profile.

    I don’t mind either, tbh.

    #4 6 years ago
  5. absolutezero

    I prefer the JP one to be honest, but thats because I prefer the Tales games to Star Ocean. I wonder if they’ve taken on the complaints about the never ending shouting of move names.


    #5 6 years ago
  6. Gekidami

    They had to change it really, recent studies show that unprepared westerners could die of a sudden exposure to anime/manga, their heads just exsplode due to such a massive culteral difference.

    #6 6 years ago
  7. evilashchris

    I prefer the western one too, It’s a tad less gay.

    #7 6 years ago
  8. Gekidami

    Well the western ones do fit better, having those anime-looking pictures in a game that dosnt really reflect any other anime elements (apart from being Japanese) is abit odd.

    #8 6 years ago
  9. Mike

    I prefer the Western styling myself.

    #9 6 years ago
  10. DaMan

    damn, this is fucked up.

    is it the same for EU version?

    #10 6 years ago
  11. crippledhooba

    I like both, they both look good in different ways.

    #11 6 years ago
  12. ecu

    The Japanese anime designs look better, but the actual menu screen looks better for the Western release. Hmm..

    Any reason why they couldn’t just include both?

    #12 6 years ago
  13. Mike

    The amine designs look to cute, clean and cartoony. I like the more detailed Western ones.

    #13 6 years ago
  14. ecu

    It’s nice in its original design though, which is how I like it. Don’t know why they could have full screen/detailed anime images, like Tales of Phantasia does.

    #14 6 years ago
  15. Mike

    I’m bias though. I hate Manga/Anime “artwork” in general.

    #15 6 years ago
  16. ruckus

    “Pesmerga00 also discovered the character portraits accompanying dialogue vanished in the English version. I couldn’t find a good comparison screen in my batch of media, but going by the other changes I wouldn’t be surprised to see those removed too.”

    epic fail, sucktacula etc. if true.

    #16 6 years ago

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