Earlier today Amazon removed the upcoming 2D action-RPG/brawler hybrid Dragon’s Crown from their website and unceremoniously cancelled all preorders for the game, leading many to believe that the game had been cancelled. Thankfully, that doesn’t appear to be the case.
According to Andriasang, an illustrator working at Vanillaware (the developer of the game,) addressed the rumors of the game’s cancellation on Twitter today, stating “I personally can’t say much, but I’ll just say, ‘Regarding Dragons Crown, although there are lots of rumors and conjecture, it’s still in development. Please wait patiently for an official update.”
Dragon’s Crown was originally announced for a Spring 2012 release date, and considering we haven’t really seen or heard anything new about the game since last year, I doubt the game will manage to hit it’s original target launch day. The game was one of the first third party titles revealed for the PS Vita, and one of the first games announced to support Vita-to-PS3 cross-play. Rumors are currently circulating that while the game remains in development, it may now only receive a digital release over PSN rather the previously planned budget physical release (Amazon pegged the price as $30 for both the PS3 and Vita versions.) I suppose a digital only release would make sense, given the niche nature of the product. So far, the game’s US publisher, XSeed, has declined to comment.
Personally, I don’t mind how or when Dragon’s Crown is released, I just want to play it. Vanillaware’s games started off good and have only steadily improved over the years– Odin Sphere was better than Princess Crown, and the fantastic Muramasa was better than Odin Sphere — and based on what I’ve seen so far, Dragon’s Crown definitely has the potential to be the best of them all.