Square Enix is mostly known for their RPGs--heck, I remember when the Bushido Blade titles were considered an offbeat experiment--but now the venerable JRPG publisher is branching out again with Lord of Arcana
. Although the PSP title hasn't gotten a confirmed release date yet, it's certainly different than Square's usual fare; it's a 4-person multiplayer action title, with customizable avatars and weapon combinations. The multiplayer is the main draw but there are also single player quests on offer. Unfortunately there isn't a whole lot of info yet, not even an ESRB rating, but we'll keep you posted.
SQUARE ENIX ANNOUNCES LORD OF ARCANA FOR PSP® SYSTEM
Multiplayer Action Game Confirmed for North American Release
LOS ANGELES (July 1, 2010) – Square Enix, Inc., the publisher of SQUARE ENIX® interactive entertainment products in North America, announced today Lord of Arcana™ for the PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system.
Defeat tough enemies and obtain new items and skills with up to three friends, or take on a variety of quests in single-player mode in this latest multiplayer action game from Square Enix. With its simple and intuitive controls, even those unaccustomed to action games can jump right into the fast-paced world of Lord of Arcana.
In addition to Square Enix staff, renowned illustrators from both Japan and abroad have contributed character designs for Lord of Arcana. This amazing collaboration cannot be missed.
Please visit the official site for more information: http://na.lordofarcana.com.
This world is called Horodyn, so named for its first king.
At the edge of a village surrounded by a huge forest lies the powerful stone Arcana, the source of all order in the world.
It is said that only one with power can acquire Arcana.
Slayers annihilate hordes of monsters so that they could lay their hands on Arcana.
What power does it hold? And to what destiny is one with Arcana bound?
· Experience authentic multiplayer action from Square Enix, developed exclusively for the PSP system.
· Play with up to three friends to defeat tough enemies and reap rewards together, or tackle a variety of quests in single-player mode.
· Dive into the fray with simple and intuitive controls that will hook players of any skill level.
· Create one-of-a-kind avatars and produce thousands of unique weapons. The possibilities are endless.
Lord of Arcana is not yet rated. Please visit the Entertainment Software Rating Board website at www.esrb.org for more information about ratings. Lord of Arcana will be available at North American retailers for the suggested retail price of $39.99. The release date will be announced at a later time.
About Square Enix, Inc.
Square Enix, Inc. is a U.S. based wholly-owned subsidiary of Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd., a holding company leading Square Enix Group. Square Enix, Inc. publishes and distributes entertainment content under the Square Enix Group’s internationally renowned brands such as Square Enix, Eidos and Taito in the Americas. The Square Enix Group includes a global network of leading development studios located in North America, Europe and Japan. The Group boasts a valuable portfolio of intellectual property including: FINAL FANTASY®, which has sold over 97 million units worldwide; DRAGON QUEST®, which has sold over 54 million units worldwide; TOMB RAIDER®, which has sold over 35 million units worldwide; and other well-established products and services.
More information on Square Enix, Inc. can be found at http://www.square-enix.com.