Classic RPGs Alundra And Arc The Lad Popping Up On PSN This Tuesday

By Spencer . October 8, 2010 . 3:33pm

imageIt’s official. Alundra and Arc the Lad will be released as PlayStation Network downloads soon. And, by soon we mean October 12 for $5.99 each. Vic Ireland, founder of Gaijinworks, posted the news on the NeoGAF forums.


He also confirmed Arc the Lad II for PlayStation Network, which will be released "in about a month, if the plan holds."


Regarding future RPG releases over PlayStation Network, Ireland said:

"It’s more a question of ‘is it worth the effort’? It’s a complete pain in the butt to get older titles licensed and ready for PSN. If they only sell 5,000 or 10,000 or something, it’s hardly worth it after everyone takes their cut. If we’re selling 20 or 30k units (which is completely reasonable for an RPG at these prices and with the PS3 installed base), and up, it makes sense to keep grinding away at the other titles we’re working on and maybe even get some PS1 content that was never localized translated for first-time release. There are lots of possibilities, but they all hinge on sales of these first few titles, since they don’t get a whole lot better than this. If these won’t sell for $5.99, nothing will."


In addition to localizing Alundra and the entire Arc the Lad on PsOne, Working Designs published Vanguard Bandits and Lunar 2: Eternal Blue Complete.


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  • Akimitsu

    Even though I have Alundra and the Arc the Lad Collection already, I might pick these up just to support the company.

  • Yusaku_Matsuda70s

    Ah, darn. Alundra is one of the few PSX games I actually own the original copy of… Also, sprite-based PSX games don’t look so good on my HDTV. :/

    Regardless, I’ll totally buy Lunar 2, Persona 2 and Star Ocean 2 if I ever see them. It’s a good thing they seem to be releasing a steady stream of these PSX titles.

  • To keep it short and simple for people… Buy these games or you wont ever see the others. $6 isn’t much and they sell $10 PSN cards as well in NA. If you have a PSP you can buy them as well.

  • cmurph666

    Lunar please??

    • YoctoYotta

      Yeah, hopefully the PSP remakes didn’t F up the licensing rights Working Design has to re-release them. I’ve been staring at my copies of Lunar: SSSC and Lunar 2 wanting to replay them for a few years now, but I’m afraid to put them in my PS3 and mar them up. I’m stoked for Alundra as well.

      • cj_iwakura

        They did. GameArts has most of the rights to Lunar now, according to Vic himself. It is highly unlikely at best.

    • Yusaku_Matsuda70s

      I can’t stop staring at your avatar… it makes everything you say funnier and more sincere! Also, Lunar (both) would be nice.

  • RupanIII

    Cool! Gonna pick these two up to support future WD revivals

  • JustaGenericUser

    Hmm, I can’t think of any old PS1 RPGs I would want re-released on PSN. Maybe Thousand Arms? I never got a chance to play that one. Or Grandia II. … Yeah, I can’t come up with anything. There are much more PS2 RPGs I can think of that I wouldn’t mind re-released on PSN.


  • I really want Chrono Trigger and Cross on PSN.

  • epy

    The PSX Arc the Lad titles are wonderful games. Greatly reccomended and a big bang for your buck, specially Arc the Lad II will keep you busy for hours and hours.

  • Pretty cool, loved Alundra years ago.

  • Well. For that price I might as well get them since I´ve been wanting to try Alundra for a long long time and from what I´ve heard it is the better of the two games.

    As for Arc the Lad I still regret to this date that I didn´t get the collection disc to PSone.

    So I have to at least give the first game a try.

    Great news.

    • Moriken

      The first Arc the Lad is pretty terrible, gameplay-wise, that’s true…
      But I never played Alundra, either. (How’s Alundra 2 btw?)

      • I´ve seen Arc the Lad gameplay. Sure it is a basic srpg with all that comes with the territory but I still want to play it. If not for the gameplay then I want more knowledge of the story and I want to experience the series.

        For Alunda 2 I have no idea. Never played it. I´ve only seen people talking about it.

      • Pesmerga00

        Yeah, the first Arc the Lad is pretty bare bones, and short. The second one however is great. You do get some nice bonuses for importing your save data from the first though. The third is pretty good too, but not as good as two.

        I will say that I thought Alundra 2 was pretty bad. A complete step back from the previous. Everything about it was just meh. It’s hard to even consider it a sequel.

  • Definitely gonna pick up both games, not only to support future PSN releases from WD and others but also because I haven’t played either one before.

    • speedstersonic

      Arc the Lad 1 is kinda meh, on it’s own. Just know that II is the part that makes the game, and it’s also much, much better. And don’t expect much resolution until you play II.

  • neo_firenze

    As others have mentioned in the comments, Arc the Lad 1 is not very impressive. It’s extremely short (under 10hours), has primitive mechanics, and the ending is a bit of a cliffhanger. However, it does serve as the prologue to the AMAZING Arc 2. That’s the only reason I’d advise to play Arc 1, if you’re realizing that it really is just the warm-up to the real game in Arc 2 and you’re getting a story prologue. I truly believe one of the reasons WS packed Arc 1-3 together in the US PS1 release is that Arc 1 on its own would have killed any excitement for the series.

    Alundra… I’ll be buying that immediately. I’ve regretted selling it for quite some time. Can’t wait to replay it on my PSP as soon as I finish up Ys Seven.

  • Chow

    Even though I already downloaded it off the Japanese PSN already, I wish they’d localize Ore no Ryouri. More people need to be exposed to this game. ;)

    Youtube it.

  • Was kinda disappointed once I beat Alundra. Will be picking up Arc the Lad, though, as I never played that or part two. I will download the first one and then wait for the second to come out, so I can play them both as they were intended.

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