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

Vanillaware, maker of Muramasa: The Demon Blade and Odin Sphere, is bringing a new hand-drawn game to PlayStation Vita and PS3 next spring. Yes, it is pretty.

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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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    June 8, 2011 3:00 AM

    Alice O'Connor posted a new article, Odin Sphere dev's Dragon's Crown announced for Vita, PS3.

    Vanillaware, maker of Muramasa: The Demon Blade and Odin Sphere, is bringing a new hand-drawn game to PlayStation Vita and PS3 next spring. Yes, it is pretty.

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      June 8, 2011 3:29 AM

      I hate the visuals :( As stand alone shots they look great, but the card board cutout movement in action is just not for me.

      To each their own though, I am sure that lots of people will love this.

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        June 8, 2011 3:56 AM

        Really? I love the look of the game. It kind of sounds like a cross between Golden Axe and those old Dungeon and Dragon arcade games (which were excellent by the way). Sounds like fun to me.

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        June 8, 2011 9:16 AM

        If Critter Crunch on the PS3 is any indication of how well hand-drawn, "spirit" like characters can come out at 1080p, I am drooling over this.

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      June 8, 2011 4:05 AM

      hot damn that looks amazing, more so because the female characters are faptastic

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        June 8, 2011 4:08 AM

        More like Ass-mazon and Sorce-tits amirite

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      June 8, 2011 7:20 AM

      The art style immediately caught my eye during Sony's press conference but the female characters... there is a limit to misogynistic wink/nodding at female avatars that exist solely to be sex objects but this is just disgusting and actively puts me off what otherwise looks like a great game.

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        June 8, 2011 7:51 AM

        I actually agree, I don't know what it is about chicks in video games but for some reason I prefer they not be sex objects.

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        June 8, 2011 9:04 AM

        Video games are always a bit daft with this but Dragon's Crown does seem to have got carried away.

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          June 8, 2011 9:27 AM

          dunno looking at the rest of the art including the male characters everything i comically exaggerated in a rob liefeld way of steroid abuse and sleeping through basic anatomy and physiology at school. the women have huge wobly tits and the males are fucking mountains of flesh/muscle with a tiny head and a waist thinner than kate moss.

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            June 8, 2011 10:06 AM

            The knight-looking fellow's a big burly bundle of muscles and testosterone, but the wizard's just a dude in his dressing gown and the dwarf's a dwarf. Hunch aside, the thief (I think that's a chap? huzzah androgyny) also looks pretty normal. The female ranger's pretty normal, too.

            I think there's also a difference in that while the knight is exaggerated, he's not sexualised. He's muscle and sinew poured into a suit of armour, while the witch and lady barbarian are somewhat the reverse--"sex on legs," I believe the youth of today say. I think that's what makes some people feel slightly uncomfortable with it.

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              June 8, 2011 3:20 PM

              You ever noticed a sexualised male in viddygaem, Alice?

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          June 8, 2011 9:28 AM

          Obligatory 'back in the kitchen' comment.

          But, seriously, you guys are missing the bigger picture here: RACISM! Elf and Dwarf civil rights groups are going to be up in arms once they see this trailer.

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      June 8, 2011 9:32 AM

      Ahahaha, I love you huge tracts of land joke!

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      June 8, 2011 9:48 AM

      Holy shit! This is more or less Capcom's King of Dragons! In HD!

      HOOOOO!!

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      June 8, 2011 3:12 PM

      The idea of a class Golden Axe-ish beat em up is appealing, but I can't help but notice that the art style is very reminiscent of old school Monty Python Intermission art :P