THE BUZZ: Dragon’s Crown, Vanillaware’s gorgeous-looking 2D side-scrolling RPG, will no longer be published in North America by Ignition Entertainment. The good news? The game has a new publisher, one who is going to make sure it gets the attention it deserves.
EGM’s TAKE: Many people had become worried about Dragon’s Crown lately—including yours truly. Little to no news has come out about it for months and months, it’s original North American publisher and co-developer Ignition Entertainment has had various troubles, and Amazon recently cancelled all pre-orders that had existed for the game.
Thankfully, however, Atlus has stepped in to save the game. In an announcement that just came out a short time ago, Atlus Manager of Public Relations and Sales Aram Jabbari posted an update on the game on the official PlayStation Blog, announcing his company’s acquisition of Dragon’s Crown.
Atlus is taking over publishing duties in Japan and North America! What’s more, key (and very talented) members of the Atlus internal development team will be involved with the project as producer(s). You know, some of the people who’ve worked on games in the critically acclaimed Persona series. Yeah, we know: we’re stoked, too!
What does this mean for the game? 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).
So, yes, the downside is that Dragon’s Crown now won’t hit until 2013, and the game will no longer be coming out for the sweet price of $29.99. While that may be a bummer, this will undoubtable be a good move for the game. Atlus has far more to offer in terms of stability, resources, and marketing prowess, and the shift to 2013 means the game will have more time to be developed properly.
Edit: Prices for pre-orders are up on Amazon: $49.99 for the PS3 version, $39.99 for the Vita version. Not too bad of pricing, in my opinion.