Star Ocean 5 wasn't just announced via a press release since that wouldn't be fun, instead Square Enix launched a teaser site in early April. The (now defunct) site would last for a few days, and it definitely worked as fans got excited at the prospect of a new RPG in the beloved series.
Fans wouldn't have to wait too long for more information, though. The first screenshots of Star Ocean 5 were released just two days after the official unveil, and it's a bit surprising how much they look like the finished product.
Producer Shuichi Kobayashi stressed in an early interview with Famitsu that a key for Star Ocean 5 was moving "between events and battles seamlessly." This is of course referring to gameplay sequences (such as no transitions between running around the world and battles), and not that the game will have no cutscenes like Half-Life (although that would certainly be interesting for a JRPG!).
If you're looking to pick up Star Ocean 5 for PS3 then hopefully you know Japanese. The last-gen version of the game is only seeing release in Japan. This is due to the console all but being dead in North America as gamers want to play PS4 games (who would've thought).
Some interesting news regarding Star Ocean 5 was announced at TGS 2015. First was a Japanese release date of February 25, 2016 and a new trailer. You can check out the trailer at the link above (although it later got delayed to March 31).
Also at TGS, our own Heath Hindman was able to get his hands on tri-Ace's RPG. In his preview, Heath said that there wasn't enough time to get a feel for such a long game, and that "SO5 failed to impress" from a visual standpoint.
Since Star Ocean 5 is a JRPG that means characters, lots of characters. The protagonist will be 23 year-old Fidel Camuze, a skilled swordsman. He's joined by his childhood friend Miki, a girl named Relia (who suffers from amnesia because one character in every RPG has to have lost their memories), and Victor, a dedicated soldier who is conflicted about killing.
In late September, Square Enix announced more details about Star Ocean 5 and revealed the ins-and-outs of the battle system.
Here's the basics (more can be read at the link above):
"Based on your distance from the enemy, you’ll automatically switch between short-range and long-range attacks. The battle system adopts three basic options: light attacks, heavy attacks, and guards (and by extension, guard counters). Players will also be able to freely switch between characters with the press of a button."
In November, Square Enix livestreamed over 80 minutes of footage from the upcoming title. It starts off at Fidel's hometown, and shows off pretty much every aspect of the game (as you'd expect from over an hour of gameplay).
In February of this year (coincidentally near the game's original Japanese release date), tri-Ace put out trailers showcasing five different characters. The videos are in Japanese, but the coolness of "hard-drinking playboy" Emmerson is really universal.
Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness finally got a North American release date when the Japanese game released. It's coming out June 28, which is in just a few short days!
Those interested in the game will want to pick up the 'Day One Edition' which includes a bunch of exclusive DLC and the ability to listen to music from Vaklyria Profile.
Here's the DLC:
Producer Shuichi Kobayashi was asked by Gamespot about the game's localization. "The essence of the game is not that part," he said regarding a ridiculous controversy over underwear sizes. "I really want players to not focus on that"
PSLS had another hands-on preview with the game earlier this year. Our own Jowi Meli checked it out and said "it’s looking like quite the follow-up to 2009’s The Last Hope."