The PSP appears to be coming to the end of its life - talk has now turned to its successor - but publisher Square Enix isn't ready to turn its back on the handheld, promising four exclusive titles in spring 2011.
Lord of Arcana, a new action game is the first title in the wave of releases. Scheduled for release in February, Lord of Arcana plunges the player into the underworld to fight powerful creatures of legend in their quest to obtain the power of Arcana. Up to four players can team-up to slay the darkest demons, unlocking new items and skills along the way.
The game will be released as a special "Slayer Edition," comprising of a copy of the game in a unique Slayer Red game case, a 44 page hardback artbook The Art of Lord of Arcana and a Mini Soundtrack CD.
Next in line for release is Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together, a PSP reinvention of the classic strategy RPG. Key members of the original development team have reformed: Hiroshi Minagawa (Director), Yasumi Matsuno (Game Design & Scenario), Akihiko Yoshida and Tsubasa Masao (Character Design) Hitoshi Sakimoto and Masaharu Iwata (Composers) return to revitalise their masterpiece for a new format.
Third up is Dissidia 012: Final Fantasy, the follow-up to the first Final Fantasy fighting game on PSP. A new war between Cosmos and Chaos requires new allies both good and evil to join the battle. We're promised new game modes, story missions, items, alternate costumes and combat features.
Completing the spring 2011 line-up is The 3rd Birthday, a new action shooter in the Parasite Eve series. Aya Brea is mankind's last hope for survival against the powerful Twisted. Using her unique Overdive ability, Aya can dive into enemy and ally bodies, taking control of them to gain a strategic advantage.
Specific release dates for all four games will be announced soon.
At a time when many will be looking forward to the PSP's successor, it's good to see Square Enix showing continued support for the platform, though we don't expect great sales for any of the games outside of Japan.