Fighting In Battle Princess Of Arcadia Is A Team Affair

By Sunjun . September 6, 2013 . 4:00pm

Nippon Ichi Software’s newest action-RPG, Battle Princess of Arcadia, is centered around a princess named Plume, but you’ll get to play as a wide variety of charming characters. In many parts, you will fight with a party of three characters. Each of Plume’s allies has a friendship level that builds up the more they fight. You can control only one character at once, but, if your allies’ friendship levels are high, they can jump into the fray and stave off opponents.

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By strategizing, you can come up with with clever combinations. For example, if you have Yuni and Eliage, two mages, as your support characters, they can attack a wide range of enemies at once.

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If your allies’ friendship levels are high, you can even attack all at once to unleash a massive attack that obliterates all enemies on the screen.

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As your characters level up, you will unlock a variety of new skills, such as being able to double-jump, being resistant to status ailments, or raising an army’s strength. You will also learn new skills by leveling up or equipping certain weapons, so you can combine them to execute devastating combos.

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The game is divided into stages, at the end of which you are ranked based on your performance. Like in the Disgaea games, you will also receive bonus items.


Battle Princess of Arcadia is scheduled to be released on September 26 for the PlayStation 3.


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  • Xerain

    The Crown on Plume’s head looks awkward enough where I can’t help but wonder if it’s going to disappear or change into something else as part of the plot.

  • Andrew Arndt

    so hyped for this ;D

  • DesmaX

    “Guise, please help me, I’m getting beaten down”
    “lol no, we’re not friends enough with you”

    Oh well, honestly, I dislike this kind of mechanic. If I have a party that already do what I want, why would I change for one that doesn’t?

    • ShadowDivz

      Plume is at the age of experimentation.

  • Odin

    Is this AtlusNISVanillaware relationship a little too creepy to anyone else?

    • Is this a Vanillaware game?? I don’t see boobies.

      • almostautumn


        Have you really let racist western journalism cloak the awesomeness of Vanillaware games for you? Because that’s genuinely a shame.

        • Goodness no! I hold multiple views simultaneously, really. I find the boobies disturbing, but when playing the game, they are the last thing on my mind (well, 99% of the time). Dragon’s Crown is amazing. Just the same, it is a game I’ll always have to keep hidden from my fiance. Whatever I may personally think one way or the other, the fact that I have to hide it like it’s pornography says something.

          (Not to draw you into a discussion of the topic or anything, just giving a genuine and overly-thought reply.)

        • Mostly I actually just wanted to know if this was Vanillaware or not. :)

          • almostautumn

            lol: oops. My bad on the pesudo-aggresive response.
            To answer your question: no, it is not :)

          • No worries. :) Well, I hope that it’s as good as Dragon’s Crown or Odin Sphere in its own way. We need more side-scrolling action-RPG platformers in the world. (Actually, a side-scrolling non-action platformer RPG would be pretty neat, too. Suppose Valkyrie Profile is the only one that comes to mind.)

  • AkiraScare

    nippon ichi… that means… LOCALIZATION!!! (^_^)

    • almostautumn

      Not really; there’s more than a handful of their titles that never released western shores.

      If you want a localization head to NISA forums and LET THEM KNOW! It’s the best way to do it ;)

  • ShadowDivz

    Massive attack involving everyone in the party?
    “I’ve been waiting for this!”

    • XiaomuArisu

      “Time for ann All-out-Attack!”
      “Get back here you sonova…”

  • Asuna Ilano

    Nippon Ichi is as epic as always!

  • soulz

    Uh Oh! Looks like “Dragons Crown” may have some competition.

    But we should have known this would have some mega ultra cool super move seeing as though its from NIS.

  • pekikuubik

    Two news posts and no mention of the latest gameplay movie.

  • michel

    2D is not dead!
    Lovely artwork, let’s hope the gameplay is good too…

  • Göran Isacson

    Makes one wonder how you’re going to build combos if the allies assistances aren’t player controlled. Also how big the chance is that you’re going to switch from one character if you learn double jump with that one, and then have to relearn it if you switch character. Hopefully they keep skills between characters.

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