Lord Of Arcana Leaving Japan, Heading To North America

By Spencer . July 1, 2010 . 9:27am

imageSquare Enix just revealed Lord of Arcana, a Monster Hunter-esque game, for PSP. It’s coming to Japan this year and while it doesn’t have a release date, Lord of Arcana is confirmed for Europe.

 

The news came with a story summary.

 

This world is called Horodyn, so named for its first king.
At the edge of a village surrounded by a huge forest lies the powerful stone Arcana, the source of all order in the world.
It is said that only one with power can acquire Arcana.
Slayers annihilate hordes of monsters so that they could lay their hands on Arcana.
What power does it hold within? And to what destiny is one with Arcana bound?

 

Square Enix promises simple, but brutal combat with tail slicing action. Monsters in Lord of Arcana are drawn by world famous illustrators. After you slice up everything in the game there’s still more to do. Downloadable content packs with new missions are in the cards. Curious? A playable Lord of Arcana demo is scheduled to hit Japan’s PlayStation Store on August 19.

 

Update: It’s official, Lord of Arcana is heading to North America too. Still no release date information, but the announcement from Square Enix USA mentions avatar creation and weapon crafting. How many weapons? Square Enix says “thousands”.

 

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  • kupomogli

    Yes!! As long as atleast Europe gets it then I can understand what’s going on.

    I’m glad Siliconera listed this information because I wouldn’t have known otherwise and it’s such a good looking game(or atleast wouldn’t have known for a good while.) These pictures are actually the first I’ve seen and yeah. They’re definitely ripping off Monster Hunter. Notice the areas 1-9 on that mini map?

  • http://thrust-the-sky.deviantart.com/ WildArms

    Umm, well, the video i last saw was average, but this certainly has the Square Enix’s style, i love these kind of games, so if its announced for America, ill give it a try!

  • SeventhEvening

    Well, when GodEater was announced, I thought that a bit of Monster Hunter clones wouldn’t be bad. Then there was that bizarred Naruto/monhun thing, then Peace Walker has some Monhun in it. And now SquareEnix is getting in on it.

    I guess I’ll try the demo, but I’ve poured hundreds of hours into Monhun, so I don’t really have enough hours to play every clone that comes out. And each time a new clone is announced, I feel less receptive to the idea and more like I want to just stick to the original.

    • kupomogli

      But with each Monster Hunter you’re getting around one more area and a few extra missions. With God Eater and Lord of Arcana, you’re getting new worlds altogether as well as new, although similar, gameplay.

      You could say I’m a noob at Monster Hunter. Freedom Unite is my first game in the series and I’ll say it’s a really good game, but I’m only up to four star in the G Hall so not very far at all.

      • SeventhEvening

        Well, you don’t get a ton of new areas, but each Monster Hunter contains a dozen or more monsters. And a few new weapon types. Unite is actually Freedom 2 with an expansion pack, not not a full new installment. And even that expansion back contains 6 or 7 new monsters and a ton of new items.

        There’s still monsters I haven’t killed in Monhun. I really don’t need entire new worlds. My favorite aspect of Monhun is co-op hunts, but that only works if you have a community of players. The more monhun clones and more successful those clones are…then the more fragmented the community becomes. In the US, where the community is already pretty spread out, a big company like SE entering the fold could really limit how easy it is to find people to play with.

  • FireCouch

    Wow, could the HUD look anymore like Monster Hunter’s? Just look at the font too, almost identical.

  • Guest

    The HUD is…wow….100% ripped from Monster Hunter.
    I’ll try out God Eater when it makes it makes it releases here. Monster Hunter and one clone is enough for me. No need for two especially if the other is crappy fantasy from S-E, God Eater has an anime vibe that I like to it. Much more appealing than this.

  • http://www.myspace.com/effluentrainfall Effluent Rainfall

    Seriously Japan, enough with the Monster Hunter clones. We have Monster Hunter already and it’s a huge (albeit thoroughly entertaining) time sink. It’s not the kind of thing you need more of than we’ve already got.

    • neo_firenze

      True. If this wasn’t S-E I would no longer be interested, we’ve about reached saturation with the Monster Hunter style. Between Lord of Arcana, the actual MH games, the Phantasy Star Portable games, God Eater… Plus the other strongly influenced games that aren’t quite clones of the style but have some significant MH elements – Peace Walker, the Dynasty Warriors Strikeforce games, Lost Planet 2.

      I think we’ve had enough, Japan.

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