Dragon’s Crown Now in the Loving Care of Atlus USA

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Unveiled last E3 as a PlayStation exclusive for both PS3 and PS Vita, Dragon’s Crown, a side-scrolling fantasy action-RPG with a gorgeous hand-drawn style, is the latest work of video game art from Japanese developer Vanillaware.

Originally, Dragon’s Crown was going to be published for North American release this spring by UTV Ignition Games, but after its E3 debut the game just seemed to disappear. Now the game has returned with a new launch target. Oh yeah, and a new publisher!

Master purveyor of all things gloriously niche, Atlus USA has acquired the North American rights for Dragon’s Crown. Atlus is now the game’s producer, publisher, and distributor for the U.S. and in Japan, unleashing the full talents of its internal creative team (that means some of the folks behind the Persona games are on the job!) to “assist developer Vanillaware in resuming and completing work.”

UTV expresses its sadness for letting the project go, but knows the title couldn’t be in better hands:

“While we are saddened to no longer be associated with the Dragon’s Crown project, we are very confident that the title is in excellent hands with Atlus,” stated Lokesh Dhar, senior vice president of UTV Ignition Entertainment. “Since the initial announcement, information on timing and features in the game have changed and other details regarding design and functionality are yet to be determined. We are confident that Atlus and Vanillaware will deliver the finest game possible.”

No strangers to working with Vanillaware, Atlus is obviously elated to assume control of the developer’s next classic in the making:

“We are exceedingly proud to become a part of producing and publishing Dragon’s Crown,” stated Shinichi Suzuki, President and CEO of Index Digital Media, Inc. “Vanillaware is a developer beloved for their tremendous visual talent and extraordinary attention to detail. Our previous collaboration with them, Odin Sphere™, went on to sell over 350,000 units worldwide, entering the prestigious PlayStation® Greatest Hits library. While much work remains, we believe this collaboration will be well worth the wait.”

The only bad news to come from this transference of publishing rights is the delay of the game to 2013. That’s sad to see, but I think it’ll be worth the wait.

If you missed them before, take a gander at the Dragon’s Crown unveil trailer and screenshots first released during last year’s E3. Game’s quite the looker, isn’t it?

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