While it’s pretty much unknown in the West, Lord of Vermilion is another one of Square Enix’s strong series. The arcade game uses collectable cards similar to Sega’s Sangokushi Taisen, but instead of warlords you summon fantasy monsters and occasionally crossover characters. The series has guests from Persona, BlazBlue, The King of Fighters, Touhou, and even Final Fantasy.
Lord of Vermillion is being spun off into a MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena) game called Lord of Vermilion Arena for PC. This game has 7 vs. 7 fights where players and enemies can summon monsters. Maps also have fodder monsters for players to defeat so they can level up. Players will be able to create a deck with monsters to summon with five tribes including beasts, demon kind, and the undead. Avatars are also customizable with different weapons and armor.
Lord of Vermilion Arena is slated for release in 2015, but you can try the game early during an alpha test scheduled from October 17 to 19. This version will only have 40 monsters to summon while the full game will have over 150. Square Enix is recruiting 2,000 alpha testers here and you will need a Japan region Square Enix account to apply. Details about the alpha test and minimum specs to run the game are here.