Dragon’s Crown Goes Dungeon Diving on PS3 and Vita this Summer

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We’re coming up on a full year since Atlus USA acquired the North American publishing rights for Dragon’s Crown, the side-scrolling beat ’em up dungeon crawler from Odin Sphere and Muramasa: The Demon Blade developer Vanillaware. Finally, after nearly 12 months of silence on the project, Atlus has returned with some great news: Dragon’s Crown is on track to ship this summer.

At release, Dragon’s Crown will be simultaneously available at retailers and via PlayStation Network digital download for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita. The PS3 version will cost $49.99, with the Vita version coming in ten bucks cheaper at just $39.99.

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In other news, it has been confirmed–sadly–that cross-platform multiplayer will not be supported. Drop-in online multiplayer will be available for up to four players on PS3, however the Vita version will only provide adhoc co-op. Cross-platform save data sharing is an option said to be featured in the game by original publisher UTV Ignition Games, but Atlus has not confirmed if this interoperability is still planned.

Here is some other information Atlus announced today about Dragon’s Crown‘s six playable character classes and gameplay features.

Characters:
– The Fighter, who uses his armor and quick-hitting attacks to tank and destroy enemies
– The Dwarf, who specializes in getting up close and personal with grapple attacks
– The Amazon, who moves quickly and wields a giant axe to unleash massive damage
– The Wizard, who blasts fire at single targets or in pillars to incinerate foes
– The Elf, who uses her bow and agility to launch devastating volleys and escape danger
– The Sorceress, who uses ice magic and summoned skeletons to control the battlefield

Gameplay Features:
– Safety in numbers – It’s not safe in the world of Hydeland, so it’s best not to go it alone. Up to four players or AI compatriots can delve into dungeons simultaneously by using either the drop-in multiplayer on PlayStation 3 or via adhoc network on PlayStation Vita. Cross-platform play is not supported.
– If it’s not nailed down…– Expert thief NPC Rannie will join players on their adventures to pick locks, open treasure chests, reveal hidden passageways, and collect loot.
– The skills to succeed – Massive skill tree options in Dragon’s Crown allows for plenty of custom-tailoring, whether it’s beefing up health or magic abilities or tweaking the abilities of the individual characters.

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