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Dragon's Crown Shifts to Atlus, Due Out in 2013

Posted by James Newton

Info for the fangs

Vanillaware's hotly anticipated Dragon's Crown for Vita and PS3 will reach the West in 2013.

The gorgeous hand-drawn action RPG has switched publishers from UTV Ignition to Atlus, which seems a better fit to us: Atlus published previous Vanillaware title Odin Sphere on PS2, and that turned out all right.

Last month we heard rumours that Dragon's Crown had been cancelled, but while they were quickly squashed the press release below specifies:

ATLUS['] acclaimed creative team will assist developer Vanillaware in resuming and completing work.

"Resuming" work sounds like the project was on hiatus for a while at least. Still, it's back in action now, so we just have to wait patiently until next year to play it. Curses.


IRVINE, CALIFORNIA — APRIL 19, 2012 — ATLUS, a brand of Index Digital Media, Inc.,
today announced that it has acquired North American publishing rights for Dragon's Crown™, a cooperative action RPG for PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and PlayStation®Vita (PS Vita) handheld entertainment system. The transfer of licensing rights from UTV Ignition Entertainment to Index Digital Media, Inc. only affects the title's publishing and distribution; Dragon's Crown is still being developed by Vanillaware.

Originally to be published by UTV Ignition Entertainment, the game will now be produced, published, and distributed by ATLUS, whose acclaimed creative team will assist developer Vanillaware in resuming and completing work.

"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."

Dragon's Crown is scheduled to release for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita systems in North America in 2013. For more information, please visit

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User Comments (4)



WolfRamHeart said:

While I am disappointed that this game has gotten pushed all the way to 2013, I am very happy to see that Atlus will be handling the publishing now. I love Atlus because they always go above and beyond to please their fans. I'm sure that they will do an excellent job publishing this one.



Sakura_Moonlight2421 said:

I feel the same as Wolf but I'm glad to see that Atlus is going to be handing the publishing. Odin Sphere is an awesome gem from Vanillaware. The anticipation won't kill me. I'll just wait patiently, after all Rome wasn't build in a day. :3



fchinaski said:

This is looking so good and I have so many games waiting to be played that I'm almost glad it will come out only in 2013.



odd69 said:

I just bought muramusa and odin shere this year even though im late, im a big fan of vanillaware games now. I wanted this to come out this year though, i cant get enough of 2D hand drawn games.

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