Examu's 2D anime fighter and amazingly titled Arcana Heart 3 LOVEMAX SixStarS!!!!!! is coming to Steam on December 12th. Following a very successful Kickstarter that raised over 300% of its funding goal, developer Examu will be bringing the previously arcade-only SixStarS!!!!!! westward, and on PC, no less. The PC version of Arcana Heart 3 LOVEMAX SixStarS!!!!!! includes many features one would expect, such as cloud saves, online and local play, and full controller support. Only Japanese-language audio is included, though there will obviously be an English interface for its Western release. There's no pricing listed so far on its Steam page, though based on the other titles Examu has published, one could safely expect a price around $29.99.
In case you haven't kept up with the anime fighting game scene, here's a quick primer: Arcana Heart distinguishes itself from other fighters by offering pairing up its cast of fighters with "Arcana," celestial beings based on the Tarot deck. These Arcana augment and offer new abilities to the fighters, and are designed to work in tandem with the girls' own moves. Arcana Heart 3 LOVEMAX SixStarS!!!!!! offers a new character, Minori Amanohara, and Ichor, the Arcana of Blood, with at least two new characters and their corresponding Arcanas to come.
This is not Examu's first brush with Steam, as both Arcana Heart 3 LOVE MAX!!!!! and Nitroplus Blasterz: Heroines Infinite Duel are both already on sale on the platform. The release of SixStarS does further cement Examu's role as a provider of niche anime fighters on Steam. Of course, with releasing any fighting game on PC, there's always the danger of having no one to play against, as seems to be the case with LOVE MAX. While Arcana Heart may never achieve the success that Guilty Gear and BlazBlue have made for themselves, the successful crowdfunding campaign and positive preorder numbers hopefully mean more fighting game developers port to PC. Arcana Heart 3 LOVEMAX SixStarS!!!!!! will release on Steam on December 12th.