It’s not uncommon to find games releasing in Japan and America first, though usually it’s only by a day or two. For European Star Ocean fans, the wait for the fourth installment, The Last Hope, is becoming unbearable.

The game is already available in Japan and America, in fact, it’s been available since February but why haven’t we seen a European release date yet? Unfortunately, Square Enix – the game’s publisher – has kept really quiet and has yet to give a reason.

It was one of the final announcements, along with other Square Enix titles, at the E3 conference in 2008, though the spotlight was very quickly taken by the unveiling of the Final Fantasy XIII trailer. After the conference, it was revealed it was an Xbox 360 exclusive and that claim still remains.

In January, Square Enix announced the game would release in Europe during spring. Spring has officially come and it appears June looks set to be the game’s release date, which according to Square Enix is the end of Spring, saying: “We use the summer solstice on June 21st as the official start of summer, so by announcing the game will be released in June, it is still on schedule to technically be released in our interpretation of spring.”

The advantage of the game not releasing as of yet, is that we get to see all the game’s details, review scores and even the achievements before its release. Ok, it’s not as good as playing the game but you got to give it to me for trying…

David Wriglesworth

David Wriglesworth is a Northern lad with a passion for gaming, who graduated from the University of Lincoln with a BA (Hons) Journalism degree. If you can drag him away from the consoles, you can probably find him Tweeting or watching Coronation Street.

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