At E3 2015, Square Enix revealed Star Ocean 5: Integrity and Faithlessness, which is due out in Japan this winter and in the West sometime in 2016. While the Japanese version of the game will also be heading to the PlayStation 3, the localized version is only coming to the PlayStation 4. Speaking to Destructoid, Star Ocean 5 producer Shuichi Kobayashi said that the game is getting a PS3 release in Japan because there’s still a market for the console in the country, but in the West, people seem to have moved on completely.
It’s simple. The PS3 still has a fairly large market in Japan, but in the West, particularly the United States, people have just moved on to PS4. The PS3 market has almost diminished to nothing.
While this doesn’t mean Square Enix is done with last-gen consoles, it does show that a growing number of companies are heading towards the exit.
Do you agree with Kobayashi’s comments?
Star Ocean 5 PS3 Isn't Coming to the West Because Last-Gen Market Has Diminished