Vanillaware is one of the greatest developers to come out of the PS2 era with its masterpiece Odin Sphere. The studio has been hard at work on its next major title Dragon’s Crown for the PS3 and PS Vita due out later this year.
Its been a while since we last heard of this 2D multiplayer that mixes Diablo dungeon crawling with action RPG. This is one game to look forward to as it infuses some interesting game mechanics into Vanillaware’s traditional game style.
Similarly to other crawlers like Diablo, you will be able to buddy up with up to four-player co-op over PSN and choose from six character classes with unique skills that can be leveled up. There will be tons of dungeon exploring and loot hunting in the game.
Dragon’s Crown’s official site writes:
“Dragon’s Crown” is an action fantasy RPG in the vein of “Princess Crown” and “Odin Sphere”, married with gamemaster-style storytelling as seen in “Etrain Odyssey” with a strong focus on high-fantasy, a new era of adventure now begins.
The paths that lead people to this land are manifold and varied, but they share a single goal. Now you have journeyed here to brave the dangerous, monster-ridden dungeons. Daring adventurers from far and wide have come to face the labyrinths on the outskirts of town, and you are joining their ranks. You must first gather a strong party. No one adventurer will be able to overcome these trials alone. Let us begin your journey… I wish you good luck.
According to the PlayStation Blog, the reason why the game took so long was due to Vanillaware’s process of painstakingly hand-drawing each animation in the game. Gamers will be able to pick from a list of classes: Amazon, Dwarf, Elf, Fighter, Sorceress and Wizard. You will encounter enemies such as hordes of goblins, orcs myconids and dragons.
Dragon’s Crown has a release date of August 6th and will also support cross save between the PS Vita and PS3.
Vanillaware is also working on another title just for the PS Vita due out later this year called Muramasa: Rebirth, a HD remaster of the Wii exclusive title. While there is no date yet the Japanese version of the game did ship last month. The North American version will be published by Aksys Games.