We were lucky enough to ambush Director Yasuhito Kobayashi and
Peter Cesario of Arc the Lad's online team. Yasuhito indicated the
best part of making Arc the Lad Online (AKA Arc the Lad: End of Darkness) was achieving the more action
oriented experiences and bringing the Arc the Lad franchise into an
online environment. When asked on the experience of taking a
traditional strategy game and reimagining it as an action game, he
believed that the series had already been heading that direction with
Twilight of the Spirits and he was just finally breaking the mold and
continuing the natural evolution of the series.
Knowing that there were going to be a number of returning characters,
I was obligated to ask if Arc the Lad would be making his return
appearance and indeed he would as a secret character that can be
reached. All in all, the game is set to have twenty-five playable
characters with 24 of them being returning fan favorites like
the mighty Shu.
Asked about the single player game, we were told that it would be a
complete game in and of itself with the online portion being it's own
mostly self contained play experience. The single player game is
supposed to take around twenty hours to complete and allow players to
then go online to either play cooperatively or competitively on over
three hundred maps. It looks like it's going to be a pretty good day
for long time Arc the Lad fans and those who were hoping for a better
version of the Arc the Lad Collosseum.