Carnage Heart EXA, Artdink’s Robot Battle Simulator, Picked Up For Localization

By Spencer . October 9, 2012 . 12:00pm

CHE_logo_USArtdink, the developer behind Namco Bandai’s PlayStation Vita Gundam game and Macross Ace Frontier, also has their own mecha series. In Carnage Heart players create attack programs for Overkill Engines instead of directly controlling robots. Sony Computer Entertainment America brought over Carnage Heart for PsOne, but didn’t localize any other games from the series.


Natsume said to Siliconera they picked up the PSP game Carnage Heart EXA. This game has an expanded chip set with more robot programming options and a scenario mode that teaches players the basics.



I think the gameplay is kind of like Final Fantasy XII’s gambit system meets robot arena. Carnage Heart EXA will be released as a PlayStation Network download in North America in early 2013.



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  • Godmars

    Nice surprise to hear this is coming.

  • William Carpenter

    Artdink! So glad to see one of their games coming to the US. They’ve done a lot of cool, weird things.

  • landlock

    That’s three unexpected PSP games in recent weeks I like where this is going. :) though this one doesn’t really interest me.

  • PSP localizations out of no where!

  • neo_firenze

    Oh HELLLL yeah.  This is worth some interest even if just for the soundtrack, composed by Yousuke Yasui (Eschatos, 999, various G.Rev/Milestone/Cave soundtracks, etc.)

    • sweet coincidence: I was rocking the Eschatos arranged soundtrack as I read your comment.

  • Wow never heard of this but looks awesome thank you so much Natsume for still believing in the PSP over here!

    EDIT: Just realized there is a localized PS1 game… I should look into that one unless this is a remake.

    • There IS a remake for the PSP, titled Carnage Heart Portable, but this isn’t it. It’s a proper sequel (the third real sequel in the series, apparently).

  • What with all these PSP/Vita localizations..what the hell.

    •  What do you know? I guess nothing and also quit complaining…

      •  What the hell are you talking about? I’m not complaining.

  • I wish Type 0 was picked up for localization. 


  • puchinri

     That’s really cool~. I’ll pick it up, even if I don’t have a PSP yet. I’m glad Natsume is supporting PSP and niche titles.

  • Solomon_Kano

    That’s… beyond surprising. Excellent work, Natsume! I hadn’t heard of the series prior, but I may have to check it out now.

  • Dedan Anderson

    carnage hearts been around since ps-1 – even though its somewhat complicated (you are in reality programming the AI for your bot) it has a pretty cult following… good to see it’s coming to the states.

  • Mecha… psp… 2013? Am I dreaming?

  • Karin Shita

    Good riddance! What the heck is going on at the upper left of the screen? XD

    Glad they’re localizing this, though!

    • ddh819

      i think that’s the “programming” stepping through the logic

  • Wow Natsume! I’m shocked in the best way! I tried a demo for this a year or so ago, but it was a bit too complex & my Japanese was bad. It’s a little bit better now, but I’ll gladly take a second try at it in English. Plus, it’s Artdink. I wish more of their games came over here, but this is easily a blind buy.

  • ddh819

    i heard a lot about the ps1 version on but whenever i saw it in stores it was always marked up really high so i never got it.

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    Great news for Mecha lovers there.^_^ But the sad thing is, the gameplay video actually shows nothing about mecha there.T_T

  • Wow, it’s been over a decade since I played the first Carnage Heart. I hated it at first, though, because it wasn’t as action-packed as Armored Core. I’d probably appreciate it now, though.

    I’m sure my internet ‘thank you’ to Natsume will ring hollow, so I’ll just buy the game instead.

  • i387

    I really hope Natsume brings over the “EXA Premium Soundtrack” too, maybe as a privilege for preorders; that’d be awesome!

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