Konami's on a PSN announcement binge today; they just announced their second impending downloadable title.
This one is Vandal Hearts: Flames of Judgment , which will mark the very first iteration of the classic strategy/RPG franchise in this new generation. It's coming to both the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade, and it will boast "newly designed mechanics" that ought to combine the speed of a faster, more modern RPG with a flashy new graphical presentation. The story takes place on the continent of Sostegaria, where two rival kingdoms are on the precipice of war. The main character in this plot is orphan Tobias Martin, who signs up to defend his homeland but eventually realizes they're fighting something darker and more insidious than the other kingdom. If you're unfamiliar with the game, despite the new focus on faster gameplay, the premise should still be the same: just think of Final Fantasy Tactics or Tactics Ogre from the PlayStation days. Both Vandal Hearts and Vandal Hearts II showed up on Sony's first console, and for strat/RPG buffs, they were both solid and entertaining. Perhaps one of the more intriguing elements of the sequel was the fact that one enemy would move at the same moment an ally would move…
The point is, Konami is certainly capable of tossing in a few new twists to gameplay you think you've mastered. Being fans of the first two installments of this series, we're looking forward to Flames of Judgment , which should be ready for download in August.
Related Game(s): Vandal Hearts: Flames of Judgment