Arcturus: The Curse and Loss of Divinity
|Arcturus: The Curse and Loss of Divinity|
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Arcturus: The Curse and Loss of Divinity is a Korean RPG featuring gorgeous 2D spritework, a complex plot, and a very active battle system.
Arcturus was originally released in South Korea in December, 2000. It was later licensed and translated into Japanese by Falcom in 2003, and then rereleased in the 2004 Korean compilation Romance of Package which celebrated Sonnori's 10th anniversary.
All versions of the game open with an "all persons fictitious" disclaimer. The original Korean CD-ROM release and the English demo present this screen in three languages (Korean, Japanese, English). The Chinese release in 2003 adds simplified Chinese; this four-language version was later used in the 2003 Japanese and 2004 Romance of Package versions.
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The 2004 rerelease includes an animated Falcom logo on-disc. This is probably left over from the 2003 Japanese release by Falcom; it probably indicates that its updated codebase was used as the basis of the Romance of Package build.
stress_test_model.rsw is... what the name implies. It tests the stability of the game by having the developer cram in as many 3D models inside the map as they can before the game crashes. It contains nearly every house, buildings, objects and general 3D environments seen in a normal gameplay.
Another stress test map. This time, it's to test the stability of how many sprites a single map can handle. stress_test.rsw does not have audio, however, it does have sound effects, which is only played if you walk in the crowd of NPCs.
This area is a combat evaluator. The majority of the enemies including bosses and optional bosses can be seen here. Only a handful of enemies can be fought, as the rest of them crashes you upon contact. It is worth noting that Guilty Gear, an unused enemy, makes an apperance here as well.
Small icons of Sizz, Elluard and Celine inside \data, where the character's body portraits are located. Sizz's icon is actually a cropped out version of the Setup Installer.
boom_dumi.spr/act is just a rough doodle to test .act files.
Most likely a placeholder. A more polished version of Dumi-ho do exist, and is used in the final game.
A placeholder image of Peach, Carrot and Nagashi.
A draft of Sizz killing someone. As of whom is unclear. In the Prologue, he kills a Guard out of self defense. Near the end of Chapter 1, he kills Celine after Emperor Rammestein tricks Sizz into attacking him. Either way, a cutscene image for both was never shown.
This is Sizz holding Celine's heart after stabbing her. Another image that was never completed beyond a sketch.
There's a whooping 17 plagarized enemy designs from Yasushi Nirasawa. Find them allǃ
They were originally present in the first version of Arcturus, but was removed alongside the Limited Edition of Arcturusː The Curse and Loss of Divinity due to being plagiarized monster designs from the Japanese illustrator Yasushi Nirasawa.
The AI of all these monsters are still intact and can be fought if you modify the enemy encounter via \data\sprite\monstr\unwtbr\jutu. It is also worth noting that they each have functional rare counterparts, with Hobee Lady being an exception.