Star Ocean 5 adds Welch Vineyard
posted on 01.15.16 at 11:00 AM EDT by (@salromano)
Recurring character appears again.

Welch Vineyard, a recurring character in the Star Ocean series, will appear in Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness, a leaked magazine scan reveals.

In Star Ocean 5, Welch is voiced again by Tomoe Hanba. She is a high tension girl who specializes in item research. She’ll teach you various different crafts.

Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness

Welch appeared in every Star Ocean game thus far, and is even playable in Star Ocean: First Departure and Star Ocean: Second Evolution. See what Welch looked like in previous Star Ocean games at the Star Ocean Wikia.

Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness is due out for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 in Japan on March 31, and for PlayStation 4 in North America and Europe in 2016.

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  • LordKaiser

    She’s back! Well she is the Cid of the SO series.

  • yellowmage

    A greyscale pic? Still, she looks closer to her SO3 design, which is good; SO4!Welch was a travesty.

    • Bumbayker

      Well they did kinda show her in their last livestream video but as chibi mode in the party skills menu.

      • Ksatmata

        you can find her in the website since the opening of the website

    • vishmarx

      japan gives us the best of scans, there are those 320×240 orange colored ones too.

  • Aluja

    But will she be playable.

  • DarthBrian

    OMG yes!!! <3 <3 <3

  • SprintsMcGee

    It wouldn’t be a Star Ocean game without her. I’m happy =D

    • Bumbayker

      She wasn’t there in the original Star Ocean 1 & 2 though. Welch was added to the PSP remake due to her popularity.

      • SprintsMcGee

        Huh, never knew that. I only ever played the PSP remakes of 1 and 2.

      • airman4

        welch so3 was so cool

  • Seigi no Mikata

    A welsh vineyard?

  • Unretributed

    Of course, it wouldn’t be Star Ocean without her.

    • KOKAYI5

      True fax.

  • XiaomuArisu

    The less she looks like SO4 Welsh the better

  • Cael

    I want her to be playable. Also she’s blonde again.

    • Bumbayker

      As much as I’d like Welch to be playable she’s probably just an NPC again since there was no seen option to change characters in your party. But who knows.

      • Zackasaur

        You don’t change party members in SO5 because it has a very large party system. It’s pretty unusual, but it looks cool.

        And, yeah, I doubt Welch would be made playable, here.

    • Manny Being Manny

      Welch isn’t Welch if she isn’t blonde.

    • KOKAYI5

      Glad she was playable in 1 and 2.

  • Psi-Star

    Heyob welcome back Welch

  • ayanami-chan


  • Chris Cruz

    Should it ever become a reality, Welch for Capcom vs. SquareEnix as a joke character?

    • KOKAYI5

      She’d be a mage.

      • Chris Cruz

        Probably. By the way, when I mean a Vs. game, I mean a ledit 2.5D Fighter. Like Tatsunoko vs. Capcom

        • KOKAYI5

          Got any screen shot for visual aid? Or should I check youtube?

          • Chris Cruz

            No,no lol. Its not an actual game unfortunately. I’m saying if an actual CvS were to be a reality, Welch would make a great character in the roster

            • KOKAYI5

              Oh okay, I see what you mean then.

  • Zeria

    It’s not Star Ocean without Welch. I didn’t care much for her SO4 look; the picture is a bit grainy, but it does look like a better design this time around <3

    • Bumbayker

      Well not since Star Ocean 3 at least. She was non-existent in the original release of Star Ocean 1 & 2.

      • Unknowingreaper

        She was playable in the remake of 1

        • Bumbayker

          That I know. Both Star Ocean 1 & 2 remakes on the PSP came after Star Ocean 3.

  • Zackasaur


    • Aluja

      She’s been everywhere lol,

    • KOKAYI5

      This is gonna be one of the best games of all time! OF ALL TIME!

      • Zackasaur

        I wouldn’t go that far, but I am very much looking forward to it!

    • ChronoSloth

      Never knew I had her to thank for this delicious juice. Thank you Welch. You have a place in my party anytime.

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  • Pastmaster

    Welcome back based Welch. She was less based in SO4 but that’s just my opinion.

    • KOKAYI5

      In 4 she seemed like she was using an alternative character than she uses in the 3 other games. She was oldest in 3.

      • yellowmage

        SO4 clearly took place during the Eternal Sphere beta test.

        • KOKAYI5

          Mosy likely. Maybe the Phantoms and Grigori were viruses or glitches made “flesh”


    If they get her usual VA this is make me lose my shit!

    • Bumbayker

      They did for Japan. Still unknown for the West release.

      • KOKAYI5



    Maybe in this game she’ll finally admit what was implied by he multiple appearence and clothes in 3 that she’s a 4D.

    • Speedo Redempteur

      NO need to wait for that . She’s a 4D being .. that has been confirmed by the SO1 remake

      • KOKAYI5

        Oh yeah? Forgot what was it she said?

  • Likou

    She is becoming the Cid of the Star Ocean series.

    • KOKAYI5

      She is now. Shes in all the games if you count remakes.

    • konpon568

      She’s more like the Gilgamesh than anything. But yeah.

  • airman4

    she is a high tension girl ???
    She loves electric tension ?

    • KOKAYI5

      Maybe they mean she high maintenance

    • Revorse

      She’s hyper or some shit. Got good levels of energy.

    • Sakurairo

      A bad translation. Tension is one of those weird loanwords in Japanese that doesn’t quite match up with it’s original meaning. A person that is “high tension” actually means that they’re energetic or enthusiastic.

  • Chestnut Bowl

    Ha! She’s precious, glad to see she’s back.

    • KOKAYI5



    I wonder if we can get her to alert Fidel of Styx and the 4Ds if you get her affection up.

  • PrinceHeir


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  • Nitraion

    As suikoden isn’t suikoden without Viki
    Now Star Ocean isn’t star ocean without welch :D

    • Karmistral

      Weeps i still cry internally when someone mentions Suikoden. But I agree.

  • tabegoro

    Thank you for going back to her original VA.

  • Kevin Komic O’Shea

    oh welch is back. I’m satisified with this game now.

  • Astraye

    yes !

  • Khaos

    I knew she would be back!

  • El Chromah

    I thought there was an area in the game that looks like a welsh vineyard. my bad

  • Albel Nox

    Is she a permanent playable character!?