There are probably many gamers who have never heard of the shadow hearts series. Serve as a spin-off follow-up to the PS1 RPG Koudelkathe first part of the series gained cult status, with the sequel Shadow Hearts: Covenant become more and more popular.
Unfortunately, the shadow hearts series is largely inaccessible to new gamers and those who no longer own a PlayStation 2, as the RPG is stuck on the PS2. It hasn’t been ported or recreated, but now the series has been trademarked, raising hopes that gamers will get a chance to play it.
In Japan, Universal Entertainment has filed a trademark for: shadow hearts on April 27, which recently went public. There is no official statement from Universal Entertainment as to the reason behind the new trademark. The original developer of the series, Nautilus, was eventually absorbed by Universal Entertainment, and game development was halted a few years after the release of the last series entry. Shadow Hearts: from the new world†
While Universal previously indicated it had no intention of rebooting or remaking the franchise, anything is possible. As the PlayStation Plus service prepares to bring back numerous games from the PS2 era via streaming, it’s possible Universal has filed for the trademark so the series can be offered on the service. However, players will have to wait and see once the PlayStation Plus service goes live to know for sure.
In any case, it is very exciting for fans of the series. shadow hearts has been inactive for an extremely long time with no even rumors of a continuation of the series. It’s a bit of a surprise because Shadow Hearts: Covenantthe second series title, was a commercial success and received critical acclaim from players and critics alike upon release.
For those who have never been able to give shadow hearts or Koudelka one attempt, the series is based in the late 1800s to early 1900s in an alternate universe from the real world. Important historical events and figures such as Rasputin and Russia’s last reigning czar family often occur, but with an occult horror twist. The game also offers a unique take on the RPG format as players have to manage their characters’ mental points while battling disturbing creatures that upset them. Shadow Hearts: Covenant introduced a unique turn-based RPG system that relied heavily on positioning and team combos, and the series as a whole saw the creation of the Judgment Ring system, which rewards players for perfectly timing their attacks.
Overall, shadow hearts is still beloved by many fans of early 2000s JRPGs, and any sign of life from the publisher is likely welcome news. With a bit of luck, players can revisit Yuri, Alice, Karin and everyone else as new players meet them for the first time.
The shadow hearts series is currently available on the PlayStation 2.
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Source: Chizai-Watch (via Gematsu)
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