Lord of Arcana grants PSP an audience on Jan. 25

Finally, Square Enix is giving us a chance to play a Monster Hunter-style action RPG -- and on the PSP. How novel! Lord of Arcana will be released in North America, on both PSN and UMD, on January 25.

While our own experience with the bloody PSP adventure didn't leave us terribly impressed, the game was directed by Deadly Premonition creator Hidetaka "Swery65" Suehiro. So maybe it'll turn out to be a misunderstood, quirky masterpiece, instead of just a bad game.
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LORD OF ARCANA FOR PSP SYSTEM AVAILABLE JANUARY 25, 2011 AT RETAILERS AND VIA DIGITAL DOWNLOAD FROM THE PLAYSTATION STORE

Players Take Up Sword and Shield in Upcoming Brutal Action RPG
Where Valiant Heroes and Towering Monsters Collide

LOS ANGELES (Nov. 17, 2010) – Square Enix, Inc., the publisher of SQUARE ENIX® interactive entertainment products in North America, announced today the release date for Lord of Arcana™, the upcoming action role-playing game drenched in mythic lore and brutal combat. Lord of Arcana is currently set to release at North American retailers and via digital download from the PlayStation®Store on January 25, 2011 for the PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system. Players will soon unchain a visceral storm of metal and blood on hordes of nefarious creatures as they battle to become the Lord of Arcana.

Delivering a highly detailed fantasy world filled with supernatural creatures and sweeping environments, Lord of Arcana thrusts players into a blood-soaked adventure. Featuring dozens of quests, epic storytelling and an intricate crafting system, Lord of Arcana offers would-be heroes thousands of devastating weapon and armor combinations.

Players will join the battle as courageous warriors on a quest to collect the stones of Arcana in an effort to regain lost memories and achieve ultimate power. Players can fight their way through throngs of colossal monsters and lumbering beasts, as lone heroes or with a pack of fellow adventurers, in a world where the heroes are only as accomplished as the number of dismembered enemies left in their wake.


Lord of Arcana is now available for preorder and will be available at retailers and via digital download on January 25, 2011 for the suggested retail price of $39.99. Lord of Arcana is rated M (Mature). Please visit the Entertainment Software Rating Board website at www.esrb.org for more information about ratings. Please visit the official website for more information: http://na.lordofarcana.com.

Story



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 can lay their hands on Arcana.



What power does it hold? And to what destiny is one with Arcana bound?



Features



· 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.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.