Dragon’s Crown due out this summer
posted on 03.25.13 at 10:19 AM EST by (@salromano)
Bludgeon, cleave, shoot, and loot your way through 2D dungeons.

Dragon’s Crown will launch for PlayStation 3 and PS Vita in North America this summer, publisher Atlus has announced. A Japanese release was previously confirmed for July 25.

The VanillaWare-developed hack and slash, beat ‘em up action RPG will cost $49.99 on PlayStation 3 and $39.99 on PS Vita. It will be available at retail and on PlayStation Network.

In Dragon’s Crown, players will ‘bludgeon, cleave, shoot, and loot’ their way through side-scrolling dungeons; encounter non-player characters like Samuel the Adventurer’s Guild leader, Lucain the wizard, and Rannie the thief, who will join players to help them pick locks, open treasure chests, and reveal hidden passageways; take on various quests and tasks; and unravel the story behind the “ultimate treasure,” the Dragon’s Crown.

The game will feature six playable character classes, each with their own set of unique abilities, and support up to four-person cooperative play (drop-in multiplayer on PlayStation 3 or adhoc network play on PS Vita; cross-play is not supported).

Characters can be upgraded through a “massive skill tree,” whether it’s “beefing up health or magical abilities, or tweaking the abilities of individual characters.”

Playable classes include:

  • The Fighter: Uses his armor and quick-hitting attacks to tank and destroy enemies.
  • The Dwarf: Specializes in getting up close and personal with grapple attacks.
  • The Amazon: Moves quickly and wields a giant axe to unleash massive damage.
  • The Wizard: Blasts fire at single targets or in pillars to incinerate foes.
  • The Elf: Uses her bow and agility to launch devastating volleys and escape danger.
  • The Sorceress: Uses ice magic and summoned skeletons to control the battlefield.

View a new set of screenshots at the gallery.

  • Karl Josef

    poor game -_-
    it’s expensive, the developers think that their game will be popular.

    • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

      A lot of people are really excited / have been waiting a while for this. What’s wrong with the price?

      • Skerj

        The price was initially 29.99 before Atlus took over as publisher, they announced back then that the price wouldn’t remain that low due to what’s involved and it was understood by all.

        I’m not worried about the price, what I am worried about is no more cross-play between Vita and PS3 and no online play on Vita (both announced initially).

        Ad-Hoc only is lame and I really wish they’d let that dinosaur die. Otherwise I’d have to use Ad-Hoc Party to play online with anyone and then I might as well play the damn PS3 version to begin with.

      • DrForbidden

        I suspect Karl Josef is just a troll…

    • Gabriel Lage Pessoa

      Dude, everyone I know will buy this thing day one regardless of the price, its from vanillaware of course it will be popular o.O

    • Brandon Fothergill

      I’m pretty sure the price is just right. Unless you live in Japan where the PS3 and Vita price are about 8000 yen.

    • miyamotomusashi94

      poor game? have you even played it?

  • tubers

    No X play? T.T

  • Johnny

    WHat a buzz kill…. No online multiplayer for the Vita version… plus no crossplay???

  • uhawww

    “Summer” will probably mean September~ish, if last year’s “Summer” schedule of localizations is to be believed. This won’t impact me much since I’m so hyped I’ll be importing it, but hopefully they can pin down a solid release date that doesn’t bump into other big releases *cough*GTAV*cough*

    • margherita mastropaolo

      let ‘s hope this game doesn’t fall vicrim of bad marketing

  • miyamotomusashi94

    YES!
    You don’t get characters like the Sorceress and the Amazon quite often. Its once in a lifetime.

    Come join Odin Sphere, Grand Knight’s History, Oboro Muramasa

    Vanillaware was originally founded under the name Puraguru in February 2002 by former employees of Atlus, including game director George Kamitani and two others
    Will go the PSN DL route.
    It will be doubly fun if Sega finally decide to bring Guardian Heroes to PSN also.

  • Raoni Marques

    Summer can’t come fast enough.

  • margherita mastropaolo

    great news, i’ll get this on day one

  • https://moefx.wordpress.com/ Barklight

    So, this game’s like Trine? I like Trine

    • gamelayer

      More like an HD version of Capcom’s Dungeons & Dragons arcade games.

  • GODDUKEMONEXA

    hack and slash? that semi circle reminds me SHINING battles

  • z_merquise

    No exact date yet? I hope they’ll include the same artbook like in their Japanese release.

    I’ve been waiting for a Vanillaware artbook for a long time and that would be their first.

    Oh and yeah, PS3 version for me. Playing this on-the-go would be very great but I prefer this in the console for a local co-op with my brother.

  • Kobracon

    I wonder if equipment is reflected on the character…like Monster Hunter. I realise thats a massive undertaking considering their super high quality art style, but i’m assuming thats what took them so long. Well we gotta wait till Summer to find out. Can’t wait :D

  • http://twitter.com/_brandNEWdays DJ.TOMATO

    >No cross play
    >likely no cross buy
    >NO ONLINE PLAY ON VITA

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA thanks for saving me the $40 Vanillaware.

    • uhawww

      Vita version has online play. JP site states this directly.

    • DrForbidden

      Since you were only planning on spending $40 in the first place, that means you weren’t planning on buying both the PS3 and Vita versions. I am unsure why you are whining here about the lack of cross-play in that case.

  • PrinceHeir

    im freaking glad this is retail also!!!!

    wish it has cross buy and cross play support T__T

    still at least online play is there!!

    can’t wait!!!!!

    for me the holy trinity this generation in terms of 2D GODs are Vanillaware, Arc System Works and SNK.

    wayford is good, but the backgrounds are really putting me off.

    i would actually rank them in the level with Rayman(and that’s saying alot, since Rayman is soo beautiful)

    • http://twitter.com/_brandNEWdays DJ.TOMATO

      >online
      >via ad-hoc
      HAHAHA

  • HarryHodd

    This summer is getting full of rpg goodness on the PS3. Already have this pre-ordered.

  • rockman29

    This game looks poifect :)

  • LordKaiser
  • Tetsu

    Cross-buy would have been amazing for this game.
    w00t sidescrolling goodness!

  • http://twitter.com/GematsuZero Zero

    I guess I’ll be getting it for PS3. I would have enjoyed Cross-Play, but that won’t stop me from buying a copy.

  • http://twitter.com/GematsuZero Zero

    Found these on some forums.

    The Sorceress – http://i.imgur.com/VwnMJ9I.gif

    The Elf – http://i.imgur.com/R7zgPjL.gif

    The Wizard – http://i.imgur.com/flnjln9.gif

    The Amazon – http://i.imgur.com/KyPypys.gif

    The Dwarf – http://i.imgur.com/eI9rv1u.gif

    The Fighter – http://i.imgur.com/Izt7phP.gif

    • Guest

      I’ll match the Sorceress one with one I found:

    • Guest

      I found this GIF of the Sorceress:

      • DrForbidden

        Man, Disqus keeps fucking up on me when I try to upload. I can’t upload GIFs without them auto-converting to JPEGs, the username isn’t correctly attributed, and I can’t even delete the posts…

        • http://twitter.com/GematsuZero Zero

          Try just uploading the image to a image hosting website. I’ve never tried to upload directly to Disqus. It probably doesn’t work quite right.

    • kairock

      thanks!

      • http://twitter.com/GematsuZero Zero

        You’re welcome. =)

  • LordKaiser

    I’ll get the PS3 physical copy.

  • http://www.facebook.com/micheal.scott.315 Micheal Scott

    im going elf bow and arrow thats my game-play :D

  • Devilgunman

    The info is misleading. The Vita as well as PS3 version supports online multiplayer but no cross-platform multiplayer.

  • miyamotomusashi94

    I read this game plays like Demon’s Souls

    • kairock

      no, its more like final fight/streets of rage/shadows over mystara.