Square Enix has announced that Star Ocean: First Departure is to be released across all PAL territories on October 24, exclusively for PSP.

Based on the original Star Ocean title, First Departure begins in Spacedate 346. The crew of the starship Calnus beam down to the planet of Roak to discover that the population has been decimated by a mysterious plague. It's then a race against time to save the Roakians and restore peace to the galaxy.

The game has been completely remastered for PSP, featuring a revised game engine, improved battle system and fully-voiced, all-new animated scenes displayed in 16:9 widescreen. A host of new sub plots between characters have also been introduced, bringing a new layer of depth to the game.

"Star Ocean has already proved to be a popular series in Japan, we now hope that players around the world can discover why by experiencing the origin of the series. With Star Ocean: The Last Hope arriving in 2009, there's never been a better time to enjoy the Star Ocean adventure," said John Yamamoto, president and chief executive officer of Square Enix Ltd.

Star Ocean: First Departure will be released across PAL territories on October 24.