Dragon's Crown was first announced at E3 of last year for PS3, with simultaneous development for Vita which was promised to not just be a scaled version coming to the handheld. Made by Vanillaware, known for games with breathtaking, hand drawn characters in Odin Sphere and Muramasa: The Demon Blade, and was originally supposed to be published by Ignition Entertainment (El Shaddai, King of Fighters XII, Arc Rise Fantasia), is being delayed until 2013.
So what's with the hitting of the brakes? Well, the project is being transferred from Ignition Entertainment and into the loving hands of fan-favorite publisher, Atlus.
According to Aram Jabbari, Manager of Public Relations and Sales at Atlus, here's what you can expect from the new lead in publishing and marketing:
"For one, it means that it’s going to be better than ever. It will, however, come a bit later than originally expected, as it’s now slated for release in 2013.
When we took over the reins, we realized that a lot of the information made available to the public was ambitious and unfounded conjecture. The release timing, the pricing, and many of the features detailed for fans and members of the press were simply unknowable at the time they were disseminated (and frankly we were quite shocked to find out that many of the details were made public unbeknownst to even the developers)."
The $30 retail price tag comes from a mistaken Amazon listing which was taking pre-orders for half-off the title.
If you haven't seen the game in action yet it may be because, as Mr. Jabbari alluded to, there hasn't been a whole lot of info or marketing being done for the game at all. That should all soon change but to get you a little familiar with the project here's its E3 debut trailer:
Are you a fan of Vanillaware's work or are Japanese games becoming less of a thing for you?