'Odin Sphere' and 'Muramasa' creator bringing its vision of co-op beat 'em up to the PS3 and PS Vita.
Vanillaware has been sharing details recently of its upcoming Japanese beat 'em up, 'Dragon's Crown.' Today the announcement went out that the game would published by Atlus in North American this summer for both the PS3 and PS Vita.
Vanillaware's games have been notable for their specific adherence to a hand-drawn surreal art style for both the characters and the environments. For 'Dragon's Crown' the cooperative aspects of the game are being emphasized (previous games have been solo affairs) and thereby the game's six playable classes for up to four player gameplay is being touted.
Playable classes include:
The Fighter, who uses his armor and quick-hitting attacks to tank and destroy enemies
• The Sorceress, who uses ice magic and summoned skeletons to control the battlefield
• 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 Dwarf, who specializes in getting up close and personal with grapple attacks
• The Elf, who uses her bow and agility to launch devastating volleys and escape danger
Many of the games character designs have already drawn ire due to their stereotypical extreme sex appeal. In this case, the fantasy styles of 'Heavy Metal' seem like one possible influence.
While the game will feature both deep character skill systems and the need for cooperative player class balance, cross-play is regrettably not supported.
'Dragon's Crown' for the PS3 and Vita currently is set for August 6th and can be pre-order here.
Source: All Games Beta via Joystiq