Atlus picks up Dragon's Crown publishing, also assisting with development

Dragon's Crown, the 2D, Tower of Doom-inspired PS3/Vita action game by Vanillaware, no longer rests upon Ignition Entertainment – but, true to Vanillaware's word, it still exists. In a post on the PlayStation Blog, Atlus PR manager Aram Jabbari revealed that his company has taken over publishing duties, and now plans to release it in 2013 (Ignition made its own announcement, after the break). This is a reversal of the fate of Muramasa: The Demon Blade, another Vanillaware game, which Ignition acquired from another company (XSEED) in 2009.

Atlus is not only publishing it in North America and Japan, internal Atlus staff members are now assisting with the production. The downside to this announcement is that, in Atlus's estimation, "the game simply cannot retail for $29.99." The upside is that, being an Atlus game, it's much more likely to ship with a soundtrack disc now.
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UTV Ignition Games Hands Over Dragon's Crown

Marina Del Rey, CA­–April 19, 2012–UTV Ignition Games today announced that Dragon's Crown will be published by Atlus. Developed by Vanillaware, the 2D action RPG will be available in multiple formats including PlayStation®Vita.

UTV Ignition has now exited from all internal development of Dragon's Crown, with Atlus acquiring the publishing rights. "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."

In Dragon's Crown players take the role of one of six adventurers who must roam labyrinths in search of treasure and the legendary "Dragon's Crown." With 2D multiplayer action, up to four players can connect around the world to play through the game together.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.