Sony submits trademark for Arc the Lad. RPG's possibly making a comeback, maybe?


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Jul 31, 2013
Icy hot of the north
just came across this and if it's possible that a new Arc the Lad hits the PS4, this is going to be awesome.

Fans of old PlayStation JRPGs will remember the name Arc the Lad well. It was a series of games released on both PlayStation and PlayStation 2, developed first by G-Craft (previously known for the Square game Front Mission), then by ARC Entertainment, and finally by Cattle Call.

The original Arc the Lad came to the original PlayStation in 1995 in Japan only. It was followed up by Arc the Lad II and III in 1996 and 1999 respectively. None of the games saw the light of day in the west until cult favorite (and now defunct) publisher Working Designs brought them over in a collection in 2002. Several spin-offs appeared thereafter; the final game in the core series came to PlayStation 2 in 2004 in the form of Arc the Lad: End of Darkness.


However, a new trademark filing (found by IGN reader StargamerX), submitted by Sony on Friday, November 22nd, indicates that Sony many be planning to bring the franchise back. The applicant on the filing is Sony Computer Entertainment’s headquarters in Tokyo, Japan.

The trademark filing is for “Computer game software, video game software, video game machine for use with televisions for personal use, computer and video games on CD ROMs; and video game cartridges,” as well as “Printed publications, namely, books and magazines featuring instructions and information on playing computer and video games; stationery; mounted and unmounted photographs and playing cards.”

This trademark filing could simply be a renewal of an old Sony property in preparation of future releases of some of the old games on PlayStation Network, or some other routine legal procedure to protect one of its properties. Or, it could be what we hope: a new Arc the Lad game for PlayStation 4 or PS Vita. We’ve reached out to Sony for comment, and will update when we hear back.
Dec 20, 2006
Would love to see this happen.

Arc the Lad Twilight of the Spirits on PS2 probably had the best story in an RPG that I can remember.

Probably the best theme music for an RPG series too.