Europeans, This Is Your Arcana Heart 3 Limited Edition

By Ishaan . May 10, 2011 . 3:58am

 

Arcana Heart 3 is already out in the U.S., but in Europe, it’s getting a retail release with a limited edition package for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The limited edition package (pictured above) will include the following items:

 

  • The original, 144 page Japanese Arcana Heart 3 artbook containing production sketches and concept art.
  • Arcana Heart 3 Official Soundtrack exclusive to this Limited Edition set.
  • 12 character guide cards, featuring artwork and command listings for Arcana Heart’s extensive character and Arcana roster.

 

Arcana Heart 3 uses BlazBlue’s netcode for online play. PQube and Zen United plan to release the game in Europe on June 30th. Here are pictures of the limited edition (left) and standard edition (right) boxes:

 

While our European readers wait for the game’s release, they can catch up on our “How to Play Arcana Heart 3” series of features.

 

A big thanks to Chibisake on Twitter, who tipped us off to the news!


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  • OneOkami

    Depending on how much this goes for I may pick up this version especially for the art. I feel sorry for Aksys, though. What better time to release a download-only title than when the network its distribution goes down indefinitely. :(

    • http://www.themogblog.com/ Edward Walton

      How do you think those Socom players feel as well. We have two Zipper games with major online components down leaving M.A.G. unplayable. Also lets not forget Warhawk and DCUO.

      • OneOkami

        I was speaking more empathically for developers/companies whose business is being negatively affected by this downtime. I do realize it sucks for players as well.

      • http://twitter.com/#!/kaishou Kaishou

        Hey I think I know you. Grief-emotion right? Talking of PSN, the service won’t be back till the 31th right?

        • http://tristsantithesis.tumblr.com/ Tsunayoshi Sawada

          The store is on track to be up by the end of the month.

          • http://twitter.com/#!/kaishou Kaishou

            Unless theres another intrusion.

          • http://tristsantithesis.tumblr.com/ Tsunayoshi Sawada

            With the hackers hacking themselves, I doubt they can rally up to intrude the PSN again. As an LLC they should be ashamed.

          • Code

            @@tristtrist:disqus
            But hacking usually doesn’t rely heavily on teamwork? UNLESS THEY’RE DOUBLE HACKING xox~!
            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=39CRw7zH_2A

        • http://www.themogblog.com/ Edward Walton

          Correct though I didn’t notice this until now. I wish Discus updated better for me. :(

      • Guest

        Socom at least has single player to keep you occupied in the time being and its a disc based game. This (U.S.) is DD only so people like me who tried to download it the day the hack started are assed out.

  • https://twitter.com/RaiohV ShinkaRaioh

    The good old soundtrack, artbook and guide cards, still as awesome as always, need to save some money for this.

  • RagnaXBL

    Day 1 buy for me

  • http://denpanosekai.blogspot.com denpanosekai

    WOW! So what’s the best online store for Europe->USA/Canada? I’ve used zavvi in the past but they don’t have all special editions (I missed out on the Yakuza 4 steelbook)

    • http://twitter.com/#!/kaishou Kaishou

      The best online store for europe is in fact shopto.net. Most of the time they dispatch the game at the beginning of the week of release. After that is probably either game.co.uk or Zavvi only because they sometime get exclusive limited/collectors edition.

      • http://denpanosekai.blogspot.com denpanosekai

        I like zavvi because they have free shipping but I’ll keep an eye on these two, thanks. None of them have the limited edition yet anyway.

        Somewhat related: everytime I want to type Arcana… Arcanada comes out.

        • http://twitter.com/#!/kaishou Kaishou

          Are you using a phone with autocorrect on???

  • http://strictlyapathy.comoj.com/ SoulArbiter

    Not bad. Not bad at all!

  • papuruka
    • RagnaXBL

      Dem pants!

      • papuruka

        HNNGGGGGGGGG

      • http://twitter.com/#!/kaishou Kaishou

        giggly goo

  • http://twitter.com/#!/kaishou Kaishou

    Currently I’ve preordered the normal edition for £15. Willing to pay up to £29.99 for the limited edition. The money us collector spend to get the limited edition of everything.

  • http://slitherup.tumblr.com/ THRONE

    Sorry, I think I’ll be buying this one. Can’t beat a physical copy, and it’s much cheaper than the jpn version.

  • http://twitter.com/Veruses Verus

    Anyone know where I can pre-order/purchase this online to ship to US?

    • http://photovoltaik.bandcamp.com/ Ujn Hunter

      I used Zavvi.com for Vanquish LE and they have CHEAP shipping! I don’t see the LE of Arcana Heart 3 up on their site yet though… :

      • http://twitter.com/#!/kaishou Kaishou

        HMV put it up for £39.99

  • karasuKumo

    Love the PS3 cover!!!! Will get in the future :D

  • FHOIW

    Gawd, sometimes I just love living in Europe…

  • Natat

    D-daaaaamn, this looks… really good.

  • http://twitter.com/KeionKirby Hoshi星 ♥ Ys Celceta

    Gorgeous ! Brb pre-orderering European Limited edition.

  • IceRomancer

    I would love to have that artbook! Aghh I’m actually jealous Europe :/

  • http://twitter.com/seph_luis_br Luis Camargo

    I already bought the american version.

    But that Limited Edition sure got my interest >.>

  • http://www.youtube.com/B4ULoveShine Tim_at_where

    I’m glad the European players are being given this sweet deal, all thanks to @playstationEU, making this happen, unlike their Stolaresque American cousin.

    • http://twitter.com/#!/kaishou Kaishou

      This limited edition exist because of playstationEU?

      • kroufonz

        because there is possibility SCEA is responsible for not allowing retail release in america, while SCEE allow arcana heart 3 retail release.

        ofcourse there is also possibility aksys the one that chose ddl only america!

        • http://www.youtube.com/B4ULoveShine Tim_at_where

          Or even worse, @playstation SCEA rehired Stolar.

      • Icemael

        Well, it’s not that this limited edition exists because of SCEE… it’s more like this limited edition does not exist in America because of SCEA. They have opposed 2D games since the release of the first Playstation — as far as they’re concerned, 2D generally neither fits the Playstation brand’s “image” of technological advancement nor appeals to American audiences. Many a 2D game has been refused release (or these days, forced to release on PSN only) in America because of SCEA’s anti-2D attitudes, and Arcana Heart 3 is most probably one of them.

        In other words, while SCEE probably didn’t in any way create or encourage this limited edition, it wouldn’t have existed if they had acted like their American counterpart. So in that indirect, weird way, we have them to thank for it.

  • http://chronotwist.deviantart.com/ JustThisOne

    Good use of white space and smart cropping.

  • Guest

    I may just get this since uh….PSN…

    • VisualData

      yeah but look at release date: June 30th.

      If PSN is down till then………………………………….

      • Guest

        Yeah but not only that, it’s nice to have a physical copy you can bring to a friends house. People forget that

        • http://tristsantithesis.tumblr.com/ Tsunayoshi Sawada

          What do you mean? Its more convenient to log onto your PSN account at a friends house and quickly redownload the game and play it on their system, better than carrying a bulky disc.

          • kroufonz

            but what if my friend PS3 not connected to the net or maybe he didn’t have enough hdd space left:P

          • Guest

            What?? First off I’m not putting my account on his PS3, second, it’s not “quick”; its over 2 gig download, third, that’s game sharing which SCEA is against so it’s illegal, fourth, what if his interent connection sucks? and fifth, how is a disc “bulky”? Do you travel on skateboard or unicycle? I have a CAR.

          • http://tristsantithesis.tumblr.com/ Tsunayoshi Sawada

            Game sharing? If you deactivate your account on your ps3 before you go over to a friends place and then activate it on their PS3 then Im quite sure game sharing rules arent violated, and deactivate when you leave your friends place. 2 GB should finish fast too on FIOS or any high speed connection, if one has to wait, then I can easily envision recreational activities you and him could do while the time to download is being completed. Discs are bulky, dude. You have to find something to put the blu-ray in, then you have to either put it in a backpack or a bag or something which is rather inconvenient, and then find a place to set that in a car, and etc. Surely its better to go free and untethered to these things and just rely on downloads than worry about a disc and storage like that.

          • JustaGenericUser

            … Do YOU understand the words that are coming out of your keyboard?

            I mean… Well Christ, just read Cow’s posts. I wish this place had an ignore feature.

          • http://tristsantithesis.tumblr.com/ Tsunayoshi Sawada

            Well, Im sorry.

  • http://twitter.com/matty_125 matty

    The bonuses are alright, but the covers, wow! It’s like they said, “we already know who’s gonna buy this so why not cater to their tastes a bit”. I like that. It’s a little awkward with the blank background, but it’s a lot more than what most U.S. publishers strive for.

    I’m set on getting on the U.S. PS3 version, but good work, PQube and Zen.

  • https://twitter.com/#!/Ojsinnerz Firo_Prochainezo

    Huh. Might get the LE if I can get it at a decent price, but otherwise, I’m set on getting it from Aksys.

    Noonemustknowmysecret.

    • kroufonz

      considering the standard edition in some store are already
      £17.85 i bet the limited edition price is not that high:P

      • http://twitter.com/#!/kaishou Kaishou

        Well lets hope store like zavvi sell this for the same price the standard edition like they did with continuum shift. hohoho either way im willing to pay more money for limited edition stuff….

  • PrinceHeir

    sucks the US didn’t have the physical version.

    would have bought it Day 1 and im supposed to be playing right now.

    this is why i prefer retail over digital, i can always play it whenever i want.

  • KHSoraKeyBlade

    Definitely getting this :D

  • Code

    Weirdest cover cropping I’ve seen in awhile. I don’t know why they didn’t use Japan’s covers opo; But aw well, still a really nice collection, nice to see Europe getting some slick collections owo! Looking forward to PSN returning, some of my excitement has dulled though after the PSN wait omo;

  • VisualData

    how much HD space does the US version take up for those that got it?

    • http://twitter.com/#!/kaishou Kaishou

      Under 4GB I believe

  • http://twitter.com/floatypoe Heidi Poe

    Are there any promo pics of the Xbox 360 version? I know it’s just about the same, but it’d be nice to see.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/xxHiryuuxx Hiryuu

    Why do I have the slightest feeling that Aksys is going to get royally screwed on their localization thanks the PSN’s downtime and this English/physical media being available?

    • Pichi

      Exactly what I was thinking. Especially for those who were on the fence about which one to get and the timing might play a role in decision making.

    • http://photovoltaik.bandcamp.com/ Ujn Hunter

      Well, no one told Aksys to only release it digitally and only on PSN. I’ll be importing the Xbox 360 version.

  • raymk

    I want it and i’m supposed to be playing it now but psn is a big problem right now
    :(. Guess i’ll get this and the digital download.

  • kroufonz

    sweet ,glad Iam waiting for disc release, thank god for PS3 region free!

    • ThunderGod_Cid

      I second that remark.

  • http://twitter.com/f00had Farhad Mustafa

    You can buy the Limited Edition from hmv.co.uk. Cheapest place for regular edition is zavvi.com

    • ThunderGod_Cid

      Sweet! I just pre-ordered it. Thanks.

  • hush404

    Yay for boobies? :P

  • thaKingRocka

    That’s a lot nicer than the American “limited edition.”

    • Guest

      The American “limited Edition” was more rare though. One day sale only!

  • Icemael

    Well, it’s not that this limited edition exists because of SCEE… it’s more like this limited edition does not exist in America because of SCEA. They have opposed 2D games since the release of the first Playstation — as far as they’re concerned, 2D generally neither fits the Playstation brand’s “image” of technological advancement nor appeals to American audiences. Many a 2D game has been refused release (or these days, forced to release on PSN only) in America because of SCEA’s anti-2D attitudes, and Arcana Heart 3 is most probably one of them.

    In other words, while SCEE probably didn’t in any way create or encourage this limited edition, it wouldn’t have existed if they had acted like their American counterpart. So in that indirect, weird way, we have them to thank for it.

    • http://www.youtube.com/B4ULoveShine Tim_at_where

      For some time now, I’ve been feeling that Stolar (yes, the same anti-2D, anti-JRPG Stolar who denied the Saturn Sakura Taisen and X-Men VS SF US releases) is back in SCEA, given this kind of ‘vision’.

  • Covnam

    oops – double post

  • Covnam

    Is there a demo out for Europe’s 360? I really want to try this title out before getting it.

  • JustaGenericUser

    Gee, it sure would be nice if we Americans had a retail release and more than one day to get it, huh?

  • YsyDoesIt

    I’m starting to feel slighted by all the amazing LE packs that are Euro-exclusive lately. Yes, I realize that poor region is finally getting great stuff. My collector’s OCD makes me jealous though.

  • ZeroNova

    I’ve really been looking forward to this game. Pre-ordered it a few minutes ago ;)

  • http://photovoltaik.bandcamp.com/ Ujn Hunter

    PQube just told me that the Xbox 360 version is Region Locked. :( Guess no one wants me to enjoy Arcana Heart 3. Thanks Aksys!

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