Arc Rise Fantasia Developer Working With PlayStation 3, Apparently

By Spencer . May 26, 2010 . 11:54pm

imageImageepoch, the studio behind Luminous Arc, 7th Dragon, and Arc Rise Fantasia, are in search of a new RPG programmer. The developer posted a job listing on Tenshoku and listed platforms they’re working with: Wii, Nintendo DS, PSP, and PS3.


Wait, PlayStation 3? Imageepoch has not announced a PlayStation 3 game to date. Reading further, PlayStation 3 experience is a big plus for this job. Seems like Imageepoch is staffing up for a new PS3 game.


Perhaps, Imageepoch is porting Arc Rise Fantasia to PlayStation 3. Porting  Wii games to Xbox 360/PS3 was part of Marvelous’ business strategy and they have an unaccounted for PS3 game scheduled for this fiscal year. Take this last bit with a grain of salt, that’s just pie in the sky speculation on my part.

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  • Kris

    Man, I’m still holding out a bit of hope for 7th Dragon, the header image got my hopes up. :p
    That said, Ignition’s localization aside, Arc Rise Fantasia looks awesome. Can’t wait to see what these guys do with the PS3!

  • Ereek

    Didn’t they also develop Sands of Destruction?

    Either way, interesting.

    • Yeah, they did!

    • Oh i didn’t knew that, SoD was great! too bad the gameplay was kinda broken at the end and in some boss battles, still i beated and loved it :D! <3

  • lostinblue

    I hope it’s a new game.

    And I wish they’d do Arc Rise Fantasia 2.

    Oh, and 7th Dragon… I want that one.

  • [The Hunter] Doomrider

    Hey, I definitely wouldn’t mind a port of Fantasia! Just put the Japanese voice track somewhere in the Blu-Ray, and it’s all good.

    • I thought SCEA is still anti-Japanese voice acting/mandatory English dub ONLY?

      • androvsky

        SCEA is happy as long as there’s an English dub, you can have other languages if you want. Valkyria Chronicles and Cross Edge definitely had both English and Japanese voice tracks, and I’m pretty sure Resonance of Fate, Star Ocean 4, and Eternal Sonata did too. Basically, of PS3 rpgs, FFXIII didn’t. Thanks Square!

        • If you ask me, that mandatory English dub inclusion is one of the unmentioned reasons why the PS3 is losing money. Heck, it’s no wonder why in some cases, BAD English acting exists, just to stick it to #Sony.

          • [The Hunter] Doomrider

            What about Yakuza 3?

            Well, you know, there are people who can’t stand anything other than English, so why allienate potential customers by putting only the Japanese track?

            … Then again, most of the people who would buy this DO prefer the Japanese track, given that the dub is so horrendous.

            Whatever, there’s plenty of space in a Blu-Ray. Just put both in, and everyone’s gonna be happy! Nowadays, almost every RPG has dual voice tracks, so…

            Hey, I’m already assuming it’s PS3 ARF, how cool (i.e. silly) is that?

          • Ereek

            Putting in both language tracks really depends on foreseeable sales. It does cost money to add the extra tracks and in some cases it might be risky, financially, to add the Japanese track.

            For example, you know NISA lost money on Phantom Brave Wii. They delayed it because everyone cried about the Japanese track, yet still no one bought the game even when they did add it.

            Also, source on “most people who would buy this do prefer the Japanese track” please. People who prefer English tracks aren’t usually as vocal with their whining as those who prefer the Japanese tracks.

          • [The Hunter] Doomrider

            @ Ereek

            Sorry, couldn’t reply to your post, there was no “Reply” button!

            Anyway, in this specific case, please explain me how it would be risky to put in both, seeing how they already exist. Could it be a matter of licenses? (Honest question, in case it doesn’t sound so).

            Well, RPGs don’t usually appeal to the masses unless they’re part of a well established franchise, which isn’t the case. Therefore, I THINK this game is aimed at RPG fans. I also THINK most RPG fans prefer the Japanese dub, not only because it’s Japanese, but also because it’s the original track. So, I THINK “most people who would buy this do prefer the Japanese track”.

            That’s better.

            Things don’t always have to be stated somewhere for them to be true. I mean, I’m sure you visit a lot of forums and a lot of sites, and you too should have seen the “No way, I prefer the Japanese track, no dubs for me bla bla” comments.

            So, in this case, I believe that what I said holds true.

          • Well, SEGA just managed to pull some strings in Japan, which resulted into SCEA, being forced to allow English subtitles just for Yakuza 3.

            Otherwise, we won’t see Yakuza 3, because of SCEA.

          • Ereek

            @Doomrider’s comment down below

            Yes, to add Japanese voices you have to pay both licensing fees and royalties to the Japanese actors. Depending on the actors in the game, that can be more expensive than a budget allows.

  • Guest

    No More Heroes was stylized so I guess its easily accepted for a port. I think NMH looks no better in “HD” than it did on Wii honestly but if you put HD in front of anything people go crazy so w/e.
    I doubt they’ll waste time and resources raising the resolution of this game. I highly doubt it’ll sell any better on PS3 and if they don’t put enough time raising the resolution this game will look terrible on a PS3.

    Ugh anyways Wii to PS360 ports just annoy me for some reason but w/e. imagepooch is cool dev I’ve liked every game I’ve played from them so far. An ORIGINAL game from them for PS3 is very welcomed just not a damn Wii port.

  • CrimsonFlamesX

    Ps3? *Larc voice* Yes please

  • Yeahh ps3!!, also they should move some strings so we can get luminous arc 3 xD

    • Er, I take it you’re hungry for gameplay, given the PS3’s reputation as a graphics machine.

      Honestly though, are you willing to pay US$40 for a port, while most of the price tag goes to graphics?

      • Yes >8D, besides im sure i will see less lag (or none), and less “error reading this” (or none), wich is what i see a lot with my wii…
        is not just graphics, quality is important too!, the wii is pretty much like a toy lol (not trying to offend anyone, i love the wii)

  • Hmm… I wonder if they’re gonna port a lot of Marvelous Entertainment games to the PS3, make them HD, and charge US$120, while calling the latter, “Graphics tax”.

  • jj984jj

    I only really care about Niinou’s games after both Luminous Arc and Sands of Destruction were disappointing, but I might give a Kanemaru game a chance if Ignition has nothing to do with it. Hopefully Capcom is localizing Last Ranker though, I’m already disappointed we’re not likely to get 7th Dragon.

  • Joanna

    This just makes me recall that Ignition butchered Fantasia for us. :(

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