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  • Executive Meddling: Hiroki Kikuta, director of Koudelka, wanted to make the game much more Survival Horror in nature; the rest of Sacnoth (ex-Square employees) wanted to make something closer to Final Fantasy. The resulting game was an unhappy compromise between the two clashing gameplay styles.
  • Historical In-Joke: Potentially, in the case of Anastasia's camera. Among other things, she is known for taking one of the older selfies on record in 1913.
    • The mafia, including Chicago-based families, did indeed get involved in Las Vegas. Al Capone even had his eye on Las Vegas at one point.
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  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: The first game went out of print fairly quickly, and had a relatively low print run to begin with. This led fans to have to resort to scouring eBay to obtain a copy. The sequel seemed doomed to the same fate, but the trope was averted when the publisher recognized it had a cult hit on its hands and re-released both titles.
  • Moved to the Next Console: Shadow Hearts was originally in development for the original PlayStation.
  • No Dub for You: Inverted in Koudelka: In the original Japanese version, the characters speak English (because the story happens in Wales, United Kingdom) and it has Japanese subtitles. During the localization process, instead of translating the subtitles, they just removed it altogether.
  • No Export for You: The Director's Cut version of Covenant was never released outside Japan.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Early trailers of Shadow Hearts: Covenant actually showed a beta... in which Yuri was actually nowhere to be seen in the party. But the harmonixer was still there... who was this Harmonixer? Nicolai - Kind of odd considering what his role in the final version was.
    • From the New World was meant to be a side game and not a true sequel. The director has recently revealed that he wanted to make another game starring Yuri.
    • It is implied that Pirate Girl Anne Lafitte was going to be a playable character in the third Shadow Hearts, given her stand-alone character design and the fact that the Caribbean Pirates appears out of nowhere when the group was heading to Chichen Itza, in Mexico. Also, the item shop menu looks like it was designed to fit eight party members.
  • The Wiki Rule: Shadow Hearts wikia.


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