Vanillaware’s hotly anticipated Dragon’s Crown finally has been given a viable release window. Atlus will be releasing the 2D hack n’ slash on PlayStation 3 and PS Vita through both retail and the PlayStation Network this summer. The PlayStation 3 version will run for $49.99 while the Vita version will cost $39.99. There will be no Cross-Buy option.
Dragon’s Crown throws gamers into a high fantasy world of burly men, sultry women, and ferocious monsters. Six character classes are available to match gamers’ play style in this throwback to classic beat ’em ups from the arcade days. Think Capcom’s Knight of the Round or Konami’s fantastic line of Ninja Turtle games.
• The Fighter, who uses his armor and quick-hitting attacks to tank and destroy enemies
• The Sorceress, who uses ice magic and summoned skeletons to control the battlefield
• The Amazon, who moves quickly and wields a giant axe to unleash massive damage
• The Wizard, who blasts fire at single targets or in pillars to incinerate foes
• The Dwarf, who specializes in getting up close and personal with grapple attacks
• The Elf, who uses her bow and agility to launch devastating volleys and escape danger
The Sorceress especially has already garnered quite a large fanbase, even before the game has been released anywhere in the world. I can hardly imagine why, though.
Games like this are tailor-made for online cooperation, and while it’s nice to see ports of our favorite classics pop up every now and then, it takes a lot of guts to publish something so old fashioned in this day and age. Forget depth, forget choice, forget huge characters. This is classic action as it was meant to be, and it looks absolutely glorious.
As always, Vanillaware is bringing their A-game to the art direction. Their previous action games, Odin Sphere and Muramasa: The Demon Blade, are so richly detailed that one could easily mistake them for 1080p despite coming in a standard definition. Dragon’s Crown marks their first attempt at a higher resolution, and fans couldn’t be more excited. You should be too.
The Japanese release date has been set for July 25th for both the PlayStation 3 and PS Vita. Expect the American release to come shortly after that.