Star Ocean 5 introduces new characters Emerson and Anne

"Role" battle system element detailed in Famitsu.

Famitsu this week introduces two new characters set to appear in Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness.

Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness

Emerson (left, voiced by Junichi Suwabe) has a scary face, but a frank personality, and loves alcohol and women. In battle, he fires at enemies from a distance with his high-powered bow gun.

Anne (right, voiced by Ayumi Fujimura) is a woman who travels with Emerson. She’s intelligent and composed. She fights using an abundance of variegated melee techniques and makes a joke of the enemy. She also loves cats.

Both characters have appeared in previous trailers.

In addition to Emerson and Anne, Famitsu also has details on the “Role” battle system element. The “Role” system establishes duties for each character. It is broadly split into two categories, attack and defense, and features an ability boosting effect called “Factor.” Each person can have up to four roles, and the actions of characters you’re not controlling will change based on their role.

For example, these Factors make up an “Attack” role:

  • Attacker – Prioritizes number of moves and focuses on proactively attacking. ATK +4.
  • Caster – Prioritizes number of moves and focuses on proactively using skill attacks. INT +4.
  • Bazaar – Aggressively attacks enemies that chip away at you.
  • Fighter – Throws away defense to fight mainly with attacks.

There are roles that specialize in attacking, defending, recovery, support, and even a special role that provides ability boosts. As you use your roles, they level up and their Factors become more effective.

The magazine also reveals that first-print copies of the game will include a product code that lets you change the background music to something from Valkyria Profile.

Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness is due out for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 in Japan on February 25, and for PlayStation 4 in North America and Europe in 2016.

Thanks, Hachima Kikou and Famitsu.

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