Square Enix has announced their Xbox 360 line-up of three new RPGs, beginning with Infinite Undiscovery (to be released on September 2nd in the US, September 5th in Europe and September 11th in Japan), followed by The Last Remnant and Star Ocean: The Last Hope (the fifth game in the Star Ocean series), both of which will are scheduled for a 2009 release.
Although this isn’t the first information about these games, this announcement is proof that the rather shallow supply of good RPGs on the Xbox 360 will come to an end. And as Square Enix is known to deliver pure quality, this definitely makes my mouth water. Mistwalker’s Lost Odyssey wasn’t bad, but we need more.
No doubt dissapointingly for all the PS3 owners out there, Star Ocean: The Last Hope was announced as a timed Xbox 360 exclusive at the very least. “We cannot announce anything on that. We can say that it will be released first [on the Xbox 360]. Whether we’ll release it on the PS3 is undecided. We may release it, we may not,” said producer Yoshinori Yamagishi on the possibility of a PS3 version.
Square Enix will use the Unreal Engine 3 for The Last Remnant, and the game will feature “quick time events”, where the player must press a combination of buttons with a correct timing to perform different tasks, such as defeating enemies. This has been seen in games such as Kingdom Hearts II and in SEGA’s Shenmue for the Dreamcast.
Infinite Undiscovery (pictured above), which is a collaborative project from Square Enix and tri-Ace Inc, is something to truly look into for RPG gamers. The developers have said that the RPG genre “will undergo a true evolution” when the game is released.
John Yamamoto, president and chief executive officer of Square Enix Ltd. and Square Enix, Inc. says, “Square Enix is expanding on its commitment to deliver exciting gaming experiences to our fans all around the world. Infinite Undiscovery, The Last Remnant and Star Ocean: The Last Hope represent significant steps in bringing our titles to a global audience and to make each new release a global event.”
So it seems as if Square Enix has great confidence in these titles. This could only mean one thing – success and happiness! If you consider what games they have brought us before, I can almost guarantee you will not be disappointed when you get your hands on these babies. Thank god for the Japanese!
New screenshots were also released of each title, check them all out but hitting the gallery links below.
[See also: Infinite Undiscovery gallery]
[See also: The Last Remnant gallery]
[See also: Star Ocean: The Last Hope gallery]