Atlus has never been one to skimp out on a decent pre-order bonus, and once again, they are going all out for their biggest release of the summer, the Vanillaware beat ’em up Dragon’s Crown.
Those who want to guarantee their copy of the game in advance will be able to collect a huge, 64 page art book. Much of the art is the work of Vanillaware’s lead artist George Kamitani, but other pieces of art will also be available from three veteran Capcom artists who worked for the company at the time of the classic arcade brawlers which inspired Dragon’s Crown.
Uncharacteristic for an Atlus release, Dragon’s Crown has gathered a relatively large controversy surrounding the freakish proportions of the game’s female characters. Detractors are pointing to the Sorceress and Amazon characters as further alienation of women from the video game scene, but fans don’t believe there is much cause for concern.
I’ve been a consumer of Japanese entertainment since a young age and currently live in the country, so I am relatively un-phased by the character design.
If you are interested in seeing where the controversy is coming from, then the art book might also be a decent place to start looking.
Dragon’s Crown will be released for the PlayStation 3 and PS Vita for $49.99 and $39.99 respectively. No cross play options will be available between the two releases.