Odin Sphere dev's Dragon's Crown announced for Vita, PS3

By Alice O'Connor, Jun 08, 2011 3:00am PDT

Vanillaware, maker of the gorgeous Muramasa: The Demon Blade and Odin Sphere, is developing a new hand-drawn game for release on PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 3 in spring 2012, publisher UTV Ignition Games has announced at E3.

Supporting four-player online co-op, Dragon's Crown is a fantasy romp with dungeons to ransack and the end goal of stopping a dragon threatening the world. Possibly looting its crown, too. Six "wildly different classes" with "a vast array of character customization features" are promised.

The publisher also states there'll be "some special interoperability features" between the Vita and PS3 versions, which it won't reveal just yet.

UTV notes that Dragon's Crown is "the first Vanillaware-developed title to ever feature high-definition visuals, four-player cooperative onscreen action, and realtime online gameplay." So far, Vanillaware has only released games for the PlayStation 2, Wii, DS and PSP, so it'll be exciting to see just what the Japanese developer can accomplish with high resolutions and a little more oomph.

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