In a round table with Famitsu, Tri-Ace CEO Shuichi Kobayashi say he had wanted to make a new Star Ocean for quite some time. “But I was in charge of marketing, so I kept hoping someone would do it, but…” Kobayashi told the weekly magazine with a laugh. “So I decided I’d go ahead and start the project. I decided to give my life to Star Ocean and changed departments and became in charge of production.”
For Kobayashi, it was important to get both programmer Yoshiharu Gotanda and Star Ocean creator Hiroshi Ogawa, who both worked together on Star Ocean 3, to collaborate on this latest entry. “I wanted to insert the essence of Star Ocean 3 heavily into Star Ocean 5,” Kobayashi explained.
When asked what the future plans for Star Ocean were, Kobayashi replied, “As I said before, I switched departments for Star Ocean. That’s why, I’d like to continue releasing games for the series. I’m working to make Star Ocean 5 so that not only will series fans will enjoy it, but newcomers will as well, so that people will want a sequel.”
And from the sound of it, there is enough material for future instalments, with Ogawa telling Famitsu, Of all the games I’ve worked on, I’ve written enough for this game alone to fill several novels. I don’t know if everything I’ve written will make it into the game, but I hope people will get to experience a grand story.”
Toshi Nakamura contributed to this report.