Lord of Arcana bewitching PSPs

Square Enix's multiplayer monster hunting action game confirmed for international release; publisher plans ongoing downloadable content support.

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The success of the Monster Hunter franchise in Japan is reflected in the abundance of Japanese publishers turning out their own takes on the online-enabled, multiplayer-focused action genre. Namco Bandai has God Eater, Tecmo Koei has Dynasty Warriors: Strikeforce, and now Square Enix has Lord of Arcana.

A group of players prepare for battle in Lord of Arcana.

The publisher today confirmed its multiplayer-focused action title for release in North America, Europe, and other PAL territories. The game will allow players to go it alone, but a local cooperative mode will support questing parties of up to four. Players will also be able to outfit their characters with customized weapons and armor.

The story of Lord of Arcana revolves around a powerful stone called Arcana, said to be "the source of all order in the world." Only the most powerful can lay claim to the stone, so players will need to hunt scores of monsters--which the publisher says have been designed by "world-renowned artists"--if they want to discover its secrets.

Square Enix did not specify any projected release window for Lord of Arcana. However, it did specify the game will retail for $39.99 in the United States at launch.

Discussion

23 comments
Ardain
Ardain

Thanks Square-Enix. Now give us Final Fantasy VII, VIII, and IX on UMD Plus added content in the games like more sidequests and a bonus dungeons and Other great game that moved the first Playstation. Vagrant Story, Legend of Mana, Threads of Fate, Chrono Cross, and Front Mission 3. Then and only then the PSP can say I'm complete.

thecraponahat
thecraponahat

Yes Quality instead of generic casual games makes the PSP stand out

knoxyknight
knoxyknight

Rather than rip off other games, why not be, dare I say it, original. Its been a long time since I bought a game that had square enix on it.

DarkAngel421
DarkAngel421

It's good to see that square supports the PSP. It hasn't been doing all that well for a while..

FlashCharge
FlashCharge

I agree that there have not been a lot of good games recently for the PSP but things this year are looking up. Hopefully more game developers will take a more serious look at producing gualitygames for this handheld.

criticfromhell
criticfromhell

The PSP is doin great right now! Peacewalker just came out, Persona 3 Portable comes out soon, and KH:BBS comes out this fall. Not a lot, but definitely quality.

Pyroclasm93
Pyroclasm93

This game does look interesting... and it has one vital thing that Monster Hunter lacks... A LOCK ON FEATURE! Though I would like to see if players can use magic spells though, if not then I will be getting Phantasy Star Portable 2.

soulless4now
soulless4now

Pfft, another game with a square tax on it. No surprise there.

KiddCarter93
KiddCarter93

square-enix still strongly supports the psp...it is a great handheld for high quality jrpg fans

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guyguyguy1234

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MERGATROYDER
MERGATROYDER

I'm with @Coolyfett on this one. I have never played a Monster Hunter title either, but this looks interesting. I enjoy Phantasy Star on the PSP and I hope they can capture the same elements.

thattotally
thattotally

Well, OF COURSE it won't have online. Why should SE put in effort. Well, I guess I shouldn't put any money in their accounts then.

Coolyfett
Coolyfett

I am wondering about this title. I have not played any of the Monster Hunter games, but I am a littlecurious how this game could work.

Kleeyook
Kleeyook

We need a new MH on PS3! It's being born on PS2 and became popular in PSP! That bastard CAPCOM just betrayed us by making MH3 exclusive for the **** Wii! :(

Jhoalot
Jhoalot

Saw a video of gameplay on youtube, in don't like the character looks or the style of gameplay, i need a deeper gameplay video.

jasongm
jasongm

Games in this Genre is where its at! That and open world RPG's. Please no more FF7 spin offs.. that's been done to death...

dr_jashugan
dr_jashugan

Hmm, I was hopping something BETTER from SE, like an RPG with FF7 Crisis Core QUALITY. :roll: