Microsoft hates to be the bearer of bad news, but Crimson Dragon, the Kinect exclusive spiritual successor for the Panzer Dragoon series, isn’t hitting Xbox 360 next week. In fact, we know don’t know what’s happening to the game at all.
While the delay is curious, it’s hard to pull any more information from Grounding Inc. or Land Ho!, both of the teams co-developing the game. Yukio Futatsugi, the series creator and director of the first three Panzer Dragoon titles, has been working on the newest installment alongside Panzer Dragoon Saga and Orta composer Saori Kobayashi, back when it was once better-known as “Project Draco”.
Grounding Inc.’s official website issued a notice on June 8th, saying that there was “no issue with development” and that the game was being held back by Microsoft for “better deployment.” Here’s part of the full (loosely) translated statement:
“Crimson Dragon” is a dedicated Xbox LIVE Arcade Kinect title, but it was decided to postpone the delivery date of Wednesday, June 13, which had been the original date.
There is no defect that occurred with the game itself and we also have not postponed due to circumstances in the development. For the franchise, for better deployment, delivery will be postponed, as Microsoft has determined. Regarding the new delivery time for our game, we will have more news in the future.
Originally, Crimson Dragon was intended to be a downloadable title for 1200 Microsoft Points. No future release date has been issued by Microsoft or the development team.