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All Articles: Dragon’s Crown
Atlus has announced plans to bring Dragon’s Crown, a bizarre beat ’em up that was originally released for the PS3 and Vita in 2013, to the PS4 in Spring 2018.
The remaster will be known as Dragon’s Crown Pro, and it’ll include PS4 Pro support, a newly recorded orchestral soundtrack, English and Japanese audio options, cross-play and cross-save compatibility with the PS3/Vita version, and the Storyteller Voice Pack DLC:
- Visuals Fit for an Ancient Dragon – With beautifully refined artwork and 4K resolution support, Vanillaware’s signature art style will come alive as you bludgeon, cleave, shoot, and loot through the dungeons of Hydeland.
- A Rousing Adventurer’s Soundtrack – A newly recorded soundtrack by fabled composer Hitoshi Sakimoto, supported by a live orchestra, will accompany daring treasure hunters on their search for the Dragon’s Crown.
- Glorious Presentation – Rejoice because English and Japanese audio options will now be available! Plus, game text will be localized in French, Italian, German, and Spanish.
- All the Royal Bells and Whistles – If you already own Dragon’s Crown, your saves won’t go to waste. There will be online cross-play and cross-save compatibility with existing PS3 and Vita versions. Oh, and all patches, features, and the Storyteller Voice Pack DLC from the original game will be included!
- Four Player Frenzy – With the fun local couch co-op and online multiplayer you remember, up to four players can experience countless hours battling together.
As with the original release, Dragon’s Crown Pro features groups of heroes that face dreadful challenges in the labyrinthine dungeons surrounding the medieval fantasy kingdom of Hydeland. As they explore deeper into the dungeons, non-player characters such as Samuel the Adventurer’s Guild leader and Lucain, the wizard come in to play with quests and tasks to complete. Use six adventurers (Fighter, Dwarf, Amazon, Wizard, Elf, and Sorceress) and their unique abilities to unravel the story behind the ultimate treasure, the Dragon’s Crown.
We were pretty big fans of Dragon’s Crown the first time around, and if you’re interested in trying out Dragon’s Crown Pro this weekend, it’ll be playable at Sony’s PlayStation Experience, which will be held on December 9th and 10th in Anaheim.
This week’s big PS3 retail releases, Dragon’s Crown and Tales of Xillia, have also found their way to the PlayStation Store. Tales of Xillia, Namco Bandai’s action RPG, has been priced at $54.99 and Dragon’s Crown, a hand-drawn beat ’em up from Atlus, has been priced at $49.99. Dragon’s Crown is also available for the Vita for $39.99 (sorry folks, it’s not a Cross-Buy title).
Also available this week is the latest addition to Sony’s Play promotion, the gravity-based puzzle platformer Ibb & Obb. And this week’s PS2 Classic is The Red Star, a great overhead shooter that takes place in an alternate Russia with robots and giant walking talks. Finally, Superfrog HD is a side-scrolling platformer from the creator of the Worms series. It’s also a PS3/Vita Cross-Buy title.
Nintendo is back in a big way this week with Pikmin 3. The latest game in one of Shigeru Miyamoto’s favorite franchises is in stores today and is sure to please Wii U owners who have been waiting for a big new title since Lego City Undercover‘s release this Spring. The PS3 is also back in a big way this week after a slow Summer. Namco Bandai’s action RPG, Tales of Xillia, and Atlus’ artful beat ’em up, Dragon’s Crown (available on the PS3 and Vita), will be available in stores on Tuesday.
What else is available this week? Well…
A game adaptation of Disney’s Cars spinoff, Planes, touches down on all Nintendo platforms (3DS, DS, Wii, and Wii U) this week. And EA has put out another Sims 3 expansion, The Sims 3: Dragon Valley. Finally, a boxed version of Mortal Kombat: Komplete Edition for the PC is available this week, alongside Air Conflicts: Pacific Carriers, a budget dogfighter for the PS3 and PC.
Dragon’s Crown is a beautiful new side-scrolling beat ‘em up from developer Vanillaware and publisher Atlus. It’s garnered a lot of bad publicity due to some of the art design choices, specifically the outrageous, over-the-top character models for some of the females. While the art style does take some stereotypes to the extreme, there’s no arguing that what the developers have done here is created something gorgeous and immersive and completely original. On top of this, Vanillaware has delivered a copious amount of entertainment in a tried-and-true genre, and they’ve done it on not just the PlayStation 3 but on the Vita as well, giving you the chance to continue the experience on the go. Does the gameplay make up for what many consider to be a questionable art style? Absolutely. (more…)