Arc the Lad was a series of strategy RPGs released in Japan for the PlayStation. The first game in the series, Arc the Lad, was released in Japan in June of 1995. Following that, Arc the Lad II was released in June 1996 and Arc the Lad III in October 1999.
However, the English speaking world did not see any games in the series until Working Designs lovingly localized the first three PS1 titles in one boxset released as Arc the Lad Collection. In addition to the three translated and localized games, the collection also included a bonus game call Arc Arena: Monster Tournament, an add-on game in which monsters collected in ATL II could be pit against each other and weapons and items could be traded with other players via memory card.
The set came with 6 discs in total, the four games spanning fives of the discs. The sixth disc was a making of video entitled The Making of Arc the Lad which focused primarily on Working Designs thorough localization process, and featured interviews with Victor Ireland, then-president of Working Designs.
Additionally, the set came with a full color leatherette-bound hardcover book encompassing the traditional instruction manual, but also including tips, tricks and artwork.
Rounding out the boxset, was an Omake box full of goodies. Inside the Omake box were several other bits of merchandise, including a branded memory card case, 22 cardboard character standees, and analogue stick covers featuring characters from the series. All of this came in the Omake box itself, a magnetic closing rigid cardboard case decorated with artwork form the series.
Arc the Lad Collection is another example of the lengths Working Designs went to in order to localize Japanese RPGs and give them the respect and attention not commonly given to the genre at that time and is certainly worth it’s price for any RPG or PlayStation collector.