American RPG gamers have a new option for their iOS devices today, as EA has officially released Heroes Lore III in the US. The game, which was originally titled Heroes Lore: Stigmata of Gaia, has been available to international markets for several months, but is just now arriving in North America. EA hasn’t given any reason for the delay.

The game features “hardcore RPG” action and promises over 30 hours of gameplay. The single player campaign is spread over 6 different areas and players can choose to equip a number of weapons including swords, shields, guns and blades. For those with a tilt towards multiplayer, the app allows for both one-on-one PVP combat and 2 v 2 battles.

The Heroes Lore franchise is a huge success in Asia, dominating the cell phone RPG market. While you may not even realize there is such a market, RPG games are huge in Asia, and mobile gaming is also a big deal. Put those together and you have a franchise which is highly venerated across the Pacific.

But will this success manage to spill over into the American market? At this point we’re unsure. The reactions of those who have played the international version have been decidedly mixed, so it’s not as though this is an absolute killer app which Americans have been waiting for night and day. Also, the extensive delay gives us pause, but if EA was using this time to fix gameplay issues and do more than merely translate text then it may make the game worth checking out. At any rate, fans who have been eagerly anticipating the game since it was announced in September can now finally dive in; we just hope it was worth the wait.

$0.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2010-11-30 :: Category: Games

[via TouchArcade]