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Arcana Heart 3
(アルカナハート3, Arukana Hāto Surī)
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Information
Developer(s) Examu (Vanilla - Six Stars)
Team Arcana
Publisher(s) Arcade
Examu
Console, PC
JP/WW Arc System Works
NA Aksys Games
EU pQube (Vanilla ver.)
EU NIS America (Love Max)
Genre Fighting, visual novel
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer
Platform(s) Arcade
EX-Board (Vanilla ver.)
Taito Type X² (Love Max - Six Stars)
exA-Arcadia (Xtend)
Console, PC
PlayStation 3
Xbox 360
PlayStation Vita
Microsoft Windows (Steam)
Rating CERO: C
PEGI: 12
ESRB: Teen
Release Vanilla ver.
Arcade
JP September 20, 2011
PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
JP January 10, 2013
NA April 16, 2013 (digital only, PS3)
EU August 16, 2013
Love Max
Arcade
JP May 8, 2013
PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita
JP May 25, 2014
NA September 23, 2014
EU November 20, 2014
Steam
WW September 29, 2015
Six Stars
Arcade
JP December 4, 2014
Steam
WW December 12, 2017
XTEND
Steam
WW February 14, 2020 (beta access)
WW April 30, 2021 (full release)
Arcade
JP Summer 2021

Arcana Heart 3 is the third entry in the Arcana Heart series. It was originally released for Arcade in Japan on September 20th, 2011. It was then released for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in Japan on January 10th, 2013, in North America on April 16th, 2013 (only for PS3 digitally), and in Europe on August 16th, 2013.[1]

It has since received three updated re-releases on alternate systems.

Story

It has been two months since the Kantou Incident, the name given to Angelia Avalon’s failed attempt to punch through the walls between dimensions in the Kantou region of Japan.

During the Incident, the Drexler Institute, an organization with ties to demons, began to stir, re-activating various projects in different parts of the world. The Japanese branch of the Drexler Institute was annihilated by the European Celestial Union, but found new life as the Rosenberg Branch of the European Celestial Union.

Soon after the Kantou Incident, large-scale dimensional rifts began to open all across Japan. This sudden uptick in celestial phenomena was seen as exceptionally odd by many, and some even whispered that it could be the result of secret research by the Drexler Institute. The Japanese branch of the Celestial Union was dispatched to investigate the phenomena, and they called on several angels from the National Academy of Metaphysics.

Several angels from the Rosenberg Branch of the Celestial Union were also dispatched, but they were soon intercepted by the Aesir.

Only six days remain until the destruction of Japan...

Gameplay

Gameplay in Arcana Heart 3 has remained the same since earlier games. A new meter was added to the game, called the Force Gauge. When completely filled, the Force Gauge allows the player to perform an Arcana Burst or an Extend Force, a maneuver similar to the Arcana Burst. During Extend Force, your character will be powered up for a short period, boasting increased speed and altered attacks, depending on the Arcana your character is using. Love Max would add Arcana Eclipse, a new move that can only be used once while in Extend Force.

The game also adds a "Simple Mode" which simplifies the control layout into a single button for each major function: one button for normal attacks, one button for special moves, one button for moves involving Arcana, and one button for the game's Homing Dash ability.

Characters

Returning Characters

New Characters

Vanilla ver.

Six Stars

Six Stars DLC/XTEND

Boss


† - Boss of Score Attack mode in Vanilla ver. and Gold run of Trail mode in Love Max.

‡ - Boss of Survival Score Attack mode in Love Max.

‡† - Boss of Time Attack mode in Love Max.

‡‡ - Boss of Story Mode in Six Stars.

(*) - Unplayable in the Arcade version of the Vanilla ver. Became playable in the console version and in later revisions.

Modes

  • Story Mode
  • Versus
  • Score Attack
  • Training
  • Network (PlayStation Network/Xbox Live)
  • Gallery
  • Replay Theater
  • Options

Love Max

Updates and Patches

Love Max

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The first updated version of the game, Arcana Heart 3: Love Max!!!!! (アルカナハート3 LOVE MAX!!!!!, Arukana Hāto Surī Love Max!!!!!), was released for Arcade on May 8th, 2014. The game would then be released for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita on May 25th, 2014 in Japan, September 23rd, 2014 in North America, and November 20th, 2014 in Europe.[2] The game would also be released worldwide on Steam on September 29th, 2015.[3]

It included rebalanced gameplay, new game modes like Survival Score Attack and Trial Mode, a Training mode in the arcade version, and an After Story mode for the console releases.[4]

Six Stars

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The second updated version, Arcana Heart 3 Love Max: Six Stars!!!!!! (アルカナハート3 LOVEMAX: SIXSTARS!!!!!!, Arukana Hāto Surī LoveMax: SixStars!!!!!!), was originally released for Arcade on December 4th, 2014. It included one new character, Minori Amanohara, and her Arcana, Ichor.[5]

Thanks to the support of fans on Kickstarter, Examu began work on a Steam port of Six Stars. The developers set a goal of $100,000 and raised a total of $324,639 from 2,987 backers.[6]

The Steam version of Six Stars released worldwide in December 12th, 2017.

XTEND

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The third and recent updated version, Arcana Heart 3 Love Max: Six Stars!!!!!! XTEND (アルカナハート3 LOVE MAX SIX STARS!!!!!! XTEND), was announced by Examu on April 24, 2019.[7]

Originally, XTEND was slated for a Fall 2019 release[8], but it was delayed due to unexpected bug fixes and lack of staff.[9][10] It would eventually be released on April 30th, 2021[11] as a free update for those who bought Six Stars on Steam,[12] with Pistrix (with Parace) and Dark Heart as paid DLC at $5.99 each.

On February 10th, 2020, due to its impending closure by the end of the month, Examu would pass the development of XTEND to its former subsidiary, Team Arcana, including other development works and product supports which Team Arcana involved.[13]

On February 14th, Team Arcana released an early test version for backers, with Pistrix fully playable.[14]

On April 29th, XTEND would be getting an Arcade port courtesy of exA-Arcadia with a Summer 2021 release window.[15]

Trivia

  • This game has the least amount of new characters introduced in the series.
  • In the beta screenshots in the vanilla version, all of the characters (except Weiss) used their artwork from Suggoi! Arcana Heart 2.
  • This is the only game in the series that has had multiple re-releases on both Arcade and on consoles.
  • The XTEND update marks the first game in the series to not involve Examu in development.
  • In the previous Kickstarter interview, there's a new boss character named Omega. Although a new arc known as “World Extinction” involving her as the main antagonist had been planned, whether she will be included in XTEND as either a playable character or an NPC boss remains unknown.

Videos

Openings

References

External Links

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