Like so, so many E3 2011 games before it, Muramasa and Odin Sphere developer VanillaWare's just "officially announced" PlayStation 3 and Vita title, Dragon's Crown, was already outed. In fairness to the publisher UTV Ignition, the game only showed up in last night's Vita sizzle reel from the Sony press conference, and now we know much more.

For one, the very VanillaWare-looking game is described as a "dazzling new multiplayer online adventure," and outs it as the first VanillaWare game to feature HD graphics. Furthermore, DC has four player co-op with online functionality, and arrives in 2012. As for what the game is about, all we know is that it's a class-based dungeon crawler set in a medieval fantasy world, and the goal is to "unlock the secret behind the ancient dragon threatening the world." A lofty goal indeed!

As with past VanillaWare games, DC is promised to be rich with hand-drawn animation. And like other PS3/Vita titles, some form of cross-platform functionality will come packed in -- what that functionality is remains to be seen.
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UTV Ignition Games Announces Dragon's Crown for PlayStation® 3 Computer Entertainment System and PlayStation® Vita

Legendary Developer VanillaWare, Ltd. Brings Gorgeous Hand-Drawn Artistry to a Dazzling New Multiplayer Online Adventure
Los Angeles - Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) Booth #5500 - June 7, 2011- Brandish your blade, dust off your grimoire, and rally your online adventuring party, as UTV Ignition Games today announced at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles that Dragon's Crown will release in 2012 for both the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and PlayStation Vita. As the first VanillaWare-developed title to ever feature high-definition visuals, four-player cooperative onscreen action, and realtime online gameplay, Dragon's Crown heralds a true breakthrough in both scope and depth for this renowned Osaka-based developer.

Dragon's Crown thrusts you into a fantastical medieval world packed with labyrinthine dungeons to explore, vile monstrosities to smite, and nearly endless online adventure. Your mission is to dive into the dank underworld, uncovering treasure and strengthening your mettle as you unlock the secret behind the ancient dragon threatening the world. Simple, easy-to-learn controls allow anyone to dive into the fray and enjoy the breathtaking sword-and-sorcery action. In addition to long-lasting gameplay, the game also features a vast array of character customization features - with six wildly different classes to play as, raiding the catacombs for epic loot remains fresh and engaging.

Although intrepid adventurers can certainly enjoy Dragon's Crown on their own, the real excitement begins when four players team up online for a four-player cooperative mission. And don't expect the portable Dragon's Crown to be scaled back in any way: The game will offer the same fluid hand-drawn animation, blazing special effects, and haunting soundtrack on both PS3TM and the new PS Vita, with some special interoperability features between the two versions to be revealed at a later date.

Dragon's Crown will be showcased at this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo on the show floor at Ignition's booth: 5500 in the West Hall. Contact Chrissy_Kelleher@bhimpact.com for an appointment or additional information.

To download the new Dragon's Crown trailers, art, screenshots and all E3 assets, please visit: http://www.bhimpact.gamespress.com/client_page.asp?i=193

About UTV Ignition Games Ltd.
UTV Ignition Games is a wholly owned subsidiary of UTV Software Communication Ltd, India's only global media and entertainment conglomerate. Founded in 2002 and headquartered in the U.K. with offices in Marina Del Rey, California, Austin, Texas and Tokyo, Japan. For more information on Ignition and its products, visit http://www.utvignition.com

About UTV Software Communications LTD:
UTV Software Communications Limited is India's leading global integrated media house with business interests in Television, Movies, Broadcasting, Games Content and New Media. UTV India & its subsidiaries (UTV) create, aggregate and disseminate content of various genres across varied distribution platforms. Listed on India's premier stock exchange, The Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), Mumbai UTV is India's only diversified media and Entertainment Company with content creation abilities across platforms and genres. It has subsidiaries with offices across India, UK, USA and Japan. The Walt Disney Company holds a strategic stake in UTV.

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This article was originally published on Joystiq.

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