Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness will launch for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 in Japan in winter 2015, and for PlayStation 4 in North America and Europe in 2016, Square Enix announced.
The keyword in developing Star Ocean 5 was seamlessness, according to Square Enix. Battles and event scenes will occur seamlessly. Of course, in addition to these seamless dynamic event scenes, there will also be traditional cutscenes.
Here’s Square Enix’s official description:
Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness is an epic adventure that introduces seamless transitions between gameplay and dynamic cut scenes, adding a new layer of depth and immersion to storytelling in the series. The popular real-time action battle system from previous titles has been overhauled with improved game mechanics and action sequences for a truly uninterrupted in-game narrative.
Set between the events of Star Ocean: The Second Story and Star Ocean: Till the End of Time, Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness takes place centuries after humans have left Earth for the stars. On a planet in the distant Faykreed star system, the swordsman Fidel Camuze and his childhood friend Miki Sauvester set out to protect their village from being swallowed in the tides of civil unrest.
Watch the premiere gameplay trailer below. (Square Enix notes that the footage is still early and only runs at 30 frames per second, but the full game is aiming for 60 frames per second.)