Star Ocean: The Second Story R adds Chaos difficulty, Ten Wise Men Raid Enemies, new Equipment, and more NPC Artwork Illustrations

Publisher Square Enix and developer Gemdrops, Inc. have unveiled Update Version 1.10 for Star Ocean The Second Story R  that features a lot of brand-new additional content coming to the revered remake of the classic RPG adventure. The update and the following content is now available on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC (Steam) for free.

Update Version 1.10 adds a brand-new ultra hard difficulty called Chaos. Challenge your skills and train your party as enemy stats will be severely increased in this new mode.

The Ten Wise Men were prominent antagonists in Star Ocean: The Second Story. Now in Version 1.10, players can fight an even more difficult version of them, since they can appear as Raid Enemies now. Defeat them and they'll give you a Jewel item to call upon them as Assault Action assists in battle.

Other new content added in this update is new equipment can be crafted in Item Creation, a Character Graphics collection to view various characters' expressions in their artwork, and an option to replay ending scenes you've unlocked. Plus, NPCs Clyde, Allen, Eleanor, Mariana, Leifath, and Regis all have new artwork portrait illustrations when players interact with them in event scenes.

Find out more about this update for Star Ocean: The Second Story R down below.

The latest update coming to Star Ocean: The Second Story R!

On March 27, 2024, a new update will come to Star Ocean: The Second Story R, adding lots of new features! There’s the new ultra-hard difficulty level, Chaos; battles with powerful enemies after completing the story; new equipment and items; new illustrations for characters in event scenes; and new, useful features like the Character Graphics Collection and the Ending Playback feature.

New Content -Combat-

New, super-hard difficulty: Chaos!

You won’t be able to let your guard down for even an instant in this hard mode!

Chaos mode will be added to the game as a new difficulty level that’s harder than Universe. Enemy stats will be higher, and you’ll need even more strategy and preparation to take on these challenging battles. Train up your party and pit them against this new challenge!

A new challenge: face the Ten Wise Men as Raid Enemies!

The Ten Wise Men, Claude’s adversaries in the main story, will now appear as Raid Enemies that appear throughout the world!

As Raid Enemies, the Ten Wise Men will be even more powerful than they were in the story battles. Victory over these Raid Enemies will give you a “Jewel” that allows you to call forth the Ten Wise Men with the Assault Action system.

Victory over these even more powerful versions of the Ten Wise Men...
... will give you “Jewels” that allow you to use the power of the defeated member of the Ten Wise Men!

Additional Content -Exploration and IC-

New equipment added to Item Creation!

New weapons for each party character and new armour will also be added. These new items can be obtained through Item Creation or as drops from Raid Enemies.

Special items found by defeating Raid Enemies.
Some of the new equipment will have all-new effects.

Additional Content -Event Scenes-

New NPC illustrations added to event scenes!

Illustrations for six NPCs who appear in event scenes have been added to the game. All of these character illustrations have been newly drawn by Yukihiro Kajimoto.

New Character Graphics Collection and playback feature in the Ending Collection!

The update adds a Character Graphics Collection that allows you to look at all the character illustrations whenever you like, and a playback feature in the Ending Collection that allows you to revisit the endings you’ve achieved at any time.

It goes without saying that the Character Graphics Collection features Claude, Rena and the team, but you can also view art of the Ten Wise Men and the newly added character illustrations. The Ending Collection playback feature allows you to view any of the endings you’ve unlocked from the Special option on the title screen.

Enjoy the differences between each character’s expressions
Replay the endings you’ve unlocked at any time

New features allow you to choose how you wish to keep playing the game after completion!

Features have been added to allow you to customise your subsequent playthroughs after having completed the game.

Claude or Rena’s star will appear on the title screen, depending on what completed save files you have.
You can now choose whether to reset character levels when carrying over a save file (items etc. will be carried over)