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May 10, 2007 - There's just no stopping the Playstation Portable this year. All kinds of spectacular titles have been announced for the Sony handheld system, and today's Square Enix press event held no exceptions. The original Super Famicom Star Ocean is reborn as Star Ocean: First Departure and it's headed for PSP.

Along side the announcements for Star Ocean: Second Evolution and Star Ocean 4, First Departure is a refurbished version of the very first Star Ocean, complete with 3D graphics and CG cutscenes, not unlike the retelling of Final Fantasy III that was released on the Nintendo DS last year. Although no actual gameplay footage was shown, the screenshots we have here give a glimpse of what to expect.

The Star Ocean series is one of Square Enix's lesser known franchises that has received critical acclaim in the press, and a cult following among RPG fans. By mixing sci-fi and fantasy, the series has it's own unique footprint amongst the Square Enix family of games.No release date was announced for any of the new Star Ocean games, but fret not. We expect details to start flowing in the coming months, so stay tuned.

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