Arc The Lad And Alundra Revived For PlayStation Network

By Spencer . September 16, 2010 . 8:42am

imageEven though Working Designs is no more, a new generation will get a chance to play through their works. Two PsOne titles localized by Working Designs are getting a re-release, according to the ESRB.


The rating board has tactical RPG Arc the Lad and action RPG Alundra in their database listed as PSP and PlayStation 3 games. Future PsOne classics? Seems likely. Both titles are already on PlayStation Network in Japan.


This will also be the first time Arc the Lad will be released as a standalone game. In North America, Arc the Lad was part of the four game Arc the Lad Collection.


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  • Huzzah! I’d love to play some Alundra again.

  • “Arc Of The Lad?” Added an extra word in the article title there?

  • Alundra is a really well done game. Zelda gameplay without the forgiving trial&error boss fights. Puzzles similar to Story of Thor/Legend of Oasis . Platforming without relying too much on gimmicks. A high base difficulty level (for the genre) that keeps the game interesting on multiple playthroughs.

    Nice storybook-esque color scheme and 2D sprites. Good music as well. My highest recommendations.

  • M’iau M’iaut

    I’ve always found it hard to listen to the console companies and developers push for an all digital download world when everyones been sloth slow on getting back catalogs out and available.

    This is just the tip of the niche rpg iceberg from that generation. I know that each title may have its own reasons, but why can’t we find things like Azure Dreams, Brave Fencer Musashi, Koudelka and the like?

    Back catalogs should be so profitable… most cases, whatever emulation software that would be needed is available —- pull this stuff off your damn harddrives and let us give you guys our money, please!

  • landlock

    It took me three tries to get Alundra finished and loved it everytime. It’s a shame the sequel was so poor.

    • neo_firenze

      I’ve had a thought in the back of my head for months that I should pick up a copy of Alundra. Never did finish it but I loved what I did play of it (and any game that’s a spiritual sequel to Landstalker gets a thumbs up in my book). So yeah, I’ll be buying this. Will be great to have on PSP and bring with me…

  • BK0000

    I hope they also release Arc the Lad II. Arc the Lad isn’t worth playing on its own without Arc the Lad II.

    • neo_firenze

      Truth. Arc I is honestly nothing but the bite sized prologue to the fantastic Arc II.

  • I always wanted to get Alundra, I’ll be happy to purchase when it’s available on the PSN. Is this game being released by Monkey Paw? If so, Victor Ireland, snag the righs for a PSN release of Elemental Gearbolt and Silhoutte Mirage! I’d buy the in a jiffy. Also, I’m waiting on a Suikoden II release. DO IT KONAMI!

  • omg i loved these games, the thing i remember the most is all the cds it had xD

  • This would make my life, the Arc the Lad PS1 games are some of my favorite games and I’d love to have digital versions. If they do the first, they have to do at least the second (for any of it to make sense or conclude) if not the third as well.

  • speedstersonic

    About damn time! The japanese psn has had this forever. Arc the Lad that is. And Arc the Lad 1 and 2 were amazing, 1 on it’s own, not so much. I hope 2 is coming as well, not too far behind, since they are connected.

  • cmurph666

    I have Arc but I never played either. Probably pick up Alundra. Always did want to try it out. Probably aged horribly though.

  • Happy Gamer

    i still have my working designs collector’s edition and i have yet to play the 3rd one :( 2nd one was such a great game in every way.
    i never followed the later games.

    anyone played em and know how they are like?

  • thebanditking

    Awesome! Especially for Alundra, which is great if you have yet to play it.

  • Hmmmm…who owns the rights to the Working Designs localizations? I’m actually VERY surprised this is happening.

    • cj_iwakura

      I believe Sunsoft is involved in this, because Victor Ireland himself confirmed this, and he’s working with them.

  • xxx128

    Alundra was awesome fun. Very welcome.

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