Dragon’s Crown patch adds new difficulty, dungeon
posted on 12.20.13 at 01:21 PM EST by (@salromano)
Level cap also increased from 99 to 255.

Dragon's Crown

A new patch released for Dragon’s Crown today—the dungeon RPG’s “fifth and final” update—adds a new difficulty and dungeon.

The “Ultimate” difficulty level is unlocked after you clear the ninth layer of the Labyrinth of Chaos. From there, you can access the new difficulty in the Temple. Monsters will be harder to battle, and the level cap has been raised from 99 to 255.

As not to make players grind out those extra 156 levels in the same stages over and over again, a new dungeon called the “Tower of Mirages” has been added. It is randomly generated and has “tens of thousands of levels,” according to Atlus.

The patch also adds the ability to make a new character without giving up your previously made character.

“As long as you have a save file with the Story mode cleared, you can make a new character that skips over that part and leads straight into the Talisman collection quest,” Atlus PR manager John Hardin said on the PlayStation Blog. “Now there are no excuses for not making alts!”

Finally, the update comes with a few tweaks to gameplay stability, controls, NPCs, and character skills.

Find the full change list below.

Bug Fixes

  • Gameplay stability is improved.

New Features

  • Clearing the ninth layer in the Labyrinth of Chaos unlocks a new “Ultimate” difficulty level. This difficulty can be selected at the Temple.
  • When in Ultimate difficulty, a new randomly generated dungeon named the “Tower of Mirages” is added.
  • Ultimate difficulty raises the level cap from LV 99 to LV 255.
  • Item shortcuts can now be assigned and used separately by holding L1 and the Up directional button.
  • Damage values can now be displayed as a running total instead of per-hit.
  • To help increase player character visibility, characters can be shown with transparencies when they are on top of one another. This feature is available in the Options menu and can be toggled on or off.
  • Save files that have cleared Story mode can skip the first quests leading to the Talisman collection when creating a new character.
  • Guild Quests that have already been cleared may now be skipped in subsequent playthroughs.

Feature Modifications

  • Character class skills have received a number of adjustments.
  • NPC behavior has been adjusted.
  • Rules and effects regarding equipment, items, and skills in the Colosseum have been adjusted.
  • Other tuning and minor improvements to various gameplay elements have been made.
  • LordKaiser

    Ok I’ll download it tomorrow.

  • MrFinalgamer

    this game is tempting me and tempting me every god damn time! Rayman Legends, Dragon’s Crown, and Killzone are still on the to buy list =/

    • Sevyne

      Do it! It’s easily one of the top games of 2013, and Vanillaware’s support for the game is just incredible. With how much this update has brought, now is like the best time to play!

  • DarthBrian

    This new patch is tempting me to go back and platinum it now that I don’t have to deal with that initial grind when creating a new character class.

    hmmmm…

  • shogunknight

    Whoooo, that level boost

  • http://youtube.com/miyabigaming 武神水樹

    All I want is the soundtrack

  • MrKappa

    I’ve had this game for awhile now and haven’t gotten around to really playing it but it looks like that will pay off when I finally do get back to it.

  • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero

    Gosh, this makes me realize I haven’t had the chance to play this yet. I’m kinda ashamed of myself. =/

    • DarthBrian

      You should be. T_T

      • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero

        My real life friends who were supposed to play this with me at launch kinda got caught up in real life stuff. I promised I would wait for them, which has delayed me. It kinda sucks. =/

        • RedWolfe

          I’m in a similar boat. Had the game since launch. Played about halfway through the story with my buddy on his copy but haven’t touched my own.

          Really need to revisit this game…Gematsu community game night maybe? I can even stream it.

          • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero

            I need to visit the game to begin with, haha.

            I also went a few months without a PS3… which kinda put any chance of me playing it on hold.

            I think doing a community game night would be cool, it’s something others have talked about. It’s just tough to do with time zones and real life schedules.

            • RedWolfe

              This is true. Well , just throughint it out there. May bring it up in the open forum to gauge interest.

        • DarthBrian

          Both my friends abandoned me once they platinum’d it. I still need a bunch of trophies and they quit once they had their precious platinums. Some friends they are. T_T

          • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero

            That sucks. Sorry to hear that. I wonder if this patch might make them come back?

            • DarthBrian

              I’m trying to talk them into it, yeah. lol

        • http://youtube.com/miyabigaming 武神水樹

          Sooolo plaaaaay

          Each of the character level independently

          • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero

            I’d rather wait for my friends though. =P

    • z_merquise

      You should play it now. I still have a low-leveled Wizard that can join you (my other characters are level 80-90+).

      Not sure if I already added you in PSN.

  • Sevyne

    Now that’s one hell of an update, and a really good reason to play it again!

  • Alkhan

    -Save files that have cleared Story mode can skip the first quests leading to the Talisman collection when creating a new character.
    -Guild Quests that have already been cleared may now be skipped in subsequent playthroughs.

    ^ These were the only things stopping me from fully enjoying new playthroughs of the game.

    Big thanks to Atlus and Vanilaware

  • http://shinsua.tumblr.com/ Shinsua

    Damn. Sounds good… sounds real good!

  • z_merquise

    Yet more reason for me to continuously play this game.

  • Kobracon

    Amazing. I never even expected this much stuff from a free patch. Thanks alot Atlus!

  • Gojira Twit

    Best Game of 2013.

  • tokyobassist

    Stuff like this makes me wonder why gamers tolerate crap ass DLC and getting ripped off by the ****load for meager content.

    Vanillaware isn’t even a company with money like Capcom, Ubisoft, EA, etc. and they have been supporting the hell out of this game and improving the experience without punishing consumers.

    No wonder this game didn’t come out on the 360. It probably goes against the company culture at Microsoft. BURN!

    • Jordan

      it is normal. DLC is actually not a bad thing. However a lot simply start to misuse it and eventually abuse it to the point that it is simply like milking. which is why personally I will not support a game that is known to have such bad business practice.

      Not only you dont understand, neither I do not understand why there are people out there that actually find it an “okay” thing. Watched an online debate video on this subject lately, And I simply cannot stand the guy who thinks it is ok because those company are out to make money. If he is in front of me i swear i will give him a slap to have him wake up since he cant even differentiate if things are done on purpose to milk consumers.

      • tokyobassist

        I support DLC if it’s treated like an expansion pack. I don’t tolerate DLC difficulty levels or costumes. That stuff should be unlockable not preorder bonuses or whatnot.

        • Jordan

          agreed

  • Sevyne

    So many unexpected touches in this update. All of the bosses got new abilities, and were sped up. The fights are pretty intense now. Good fun!

    They added rare monsters that have this kind of red aura too. These monsters can appear at anytime (even during boss fights). They have boss health and always drop an S Rank loot with a special (purple) affix.

    Really, if I listed everything they added that isn’t included in the official patch notes then I’d be typing a massive wall of text. Point really just being that the update was MASSIVE. It made an already incredible game into some truly special. Love Vanillware so much!

    Also, props to Atlus for managing to get that patch out the same day as Japan.

  • PrinceHeir

    wow lots of change has happened in this game!

    i stop playing last november, it was really slow doing solo especially doing the same fetch quest to level up.

    i need to get back on this next year!!!