A partnership between MonkeyPaw Games and Gaijinworks results in the PlayStation Network re-release of two of the best games released by Working Designs for the original PlayStation: Arc the Lad and Alundra.
Working Designs was a company that championed the release of more obscure Japanese games in North America. Some of the most memorable (and most delayed) role-playing experiences for the original PlayStation were brought to the US via Working Designs, including the exquisite action RPG Alundra and the tactical battles of the Arc the Lad series.
Following the 2005 closure of the company, former Working Designs president Victor Ireland went on to create Gaijinworks. Through this new company, Ireland maintains Working Design's tradition of servicing the fans of obscure Japanese titles.
Titles like Arc the Lad, the tactical role-playing game originally released in North America as part of Working Designs' Arc the Lad Collection. This was reportedly due to Sony's reluctance to release the lesser-known titles in North America at full price, prompting WD to collecting three games in one package.
And games like Alundra, an award-winning PlayStation action RPG that sold more than 100,000 copies the first month of its 1998 North American release.
Both titles will be available tomorrow as PSOne Classics on the PlayStation Network for $US5.99 apiece.
I will be buying both. If they weren't digital downloads, I would hug them.