Arc the Lad: Twilight of the Spirits Preview
Despite being one of the lesser known RPG franchises, Arc the Lad has been bringing gaming goodness into our homes for quite some time now. However, even though 2 and a half years have passed since the launch of Sony's latest console in the US, we've yet to see the franchise make the move to 128-bit gaming. Perhaps the series has run its course? Not quite. Arc the Lad is back, this time gearing up for a big time adventure on the Playstation 2. Developer Cattle Call is bringing this popular series back for another installment, offering loads of gameplay, story, and character. Currently scheduled for a June release, Twilight of the Spirits will be a traditional role-playing game set in a dark and disturbed world, where the fate of the planet depends on two young warriors.
Darc and Kharg, two brothers separated at birth, star in this latest Arc the Lad game, set thousands of years after the last game. After growing to become strong and skillful warriors, their quest for the Great Spirit Stones is the world's only hope. Nothing else is known about the plot at this time, but hopefully we'll have more information on that soon. Joining them along the way is a fairly big cast of playable characters. Twilight of the Spirits will feature 14 unique playable characters, each with their own unique weapons, attacks, and skills. Each character will also have their own special 'combo' attacks, which should give the combat some extra complexity. Don't worry about the number of characters, though, because Cattle Call is promising over 60 hours of gameplay, allowing you to spend time with all the different characters in the game.
The gameplay in Twilight of the Spirits looks to be split equally into combat and exploration, much like most conventional RPGs. There will also be a fair amount of cutscenes, all of which are motion captured with voice acting to boot. Even the battles will feature voice acting, something that is becoming increasingly popular in RPGs these days. Cattle Call is calling combat in the game 'tactical' and 'strategic', though what, exactly, that means relative to other RPG combat is not yet known.
Arc the Lad: Twilight of the Spirits is not yet rated, but according to Sony the target age for the game is 13 and up, so a T rating is most likely at this time. Look for Twilight of the Spirits to hit store shelves this June to liven up your summer gaming days. In the meantime, we'll provide you with more information as it becomes available.
4/2/2003 Ryan Hartmann