Putting the D in the double D.

The newest version of Arcana Heart 3, Arcana Heart 3 LOVEMAX SIXSTARS!!!!!!, receives its Western release date.

Arcana Heart is a series of fighting games developed by Examu, with publishing aid from Arc System Works. The series distinguishes itself through an exclusively female cast of fighters and the titular Arcanas: a set of special abilities selected before the match that brings variety and unpredictability to every match-up.

Arcana Heart 3 came to Japanese arcades back in 2009, and later had an expanded release in 2013, which came to Steam in 2015 . Along the way the game had several releases on consoles, mainly PS3 and PSVita. Due to the Steam release receiving largely positive feedback, the game’s developer Examu had created a Kickstarter campaign wanting to port the latest version of the game, Arcana Heart 3 LOVEMAX SIXSTARS!!!!!!, from Japanese arcades to Steam.

From the get-go, Arcana Heart 3 LOVEMAX SIXSTARS!!!!!! will feature new balance changes and a new character: an artificial Valkyrie Minori Amanohara. Minori is a “Hybride,” which is a special kind of Valkyrie capable of using both Arcana and Geist powers. With the help of Petra, she escapes the Drexler Institute where she was created, and decides to fight for world peace, giving herself the superhero moniker “Annihilation Angel Subaru.” In addition to Minori, the new edition will also feature a new Arcana themed around blood, called “Ichor.”

Later down the line, the game will be expanded with paid DLC for two playable characters and an Arcana. Firstly, a shark-themed shapeshifting homunculus, given the temporary code name of “Shark Girl.” Along with “Shark Girl” there is her creator the Arcana of Life, Parace L’Sia, who has appeared in previous games as a boss. The other DLC playable character is the mysterious girl “Dark Heart.” Little is known of Dark Heart besides her hatred for the game’s main protagonist, Heart Aino.

According to the game’s Steam page , the release date has been set for December 12th, and it will be available in English and Japanese. No PC releases outside of Steam are planned. In an AMA Koji Takaya, a founding member of the Arcana Heart series, voiced interest in a potential future port of Arcana Heart 3 LOVEMAX SIXSTARS!!!!!! to PS4 and other systems. However, there haven’t been any further developments.

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