Dragon's Crown is a 2D beat 'em up with RPG elements being developed by Vanillaware for the PlayStation 3 and the PlayStation Vita. It was originally to be published by Ignition Entertainment for a 2012 release but publishing has now been assumed by Atlus who intend to release at an unannounced point in 2013. The game will have at least six different character classes, support 4 player co-op and have players explore a labyrinth full of monsters, bosses and treasure of different kinds.
The game features old-school beat 'em up combat in the vein of Golden Axe, a game that has been cited as an inspiration. Players' weapons can be damaged and destroyed, at which point they will have to fight unarmed until new weapons have been acquired.
The game will feature a variety of classes:
Fighters are fast warriors with high defense.
Dwarfs are dual-wielding warriors capable of throwing objects and enemies. They are slow and fragile.
Wizards are slow characters with high-damage spells.
Amazons are fragile fighters capable of dealing high damage with two-handed weapons. Their attacks are slow, but they are otherwise agile.
Elves are athletic archers with a number of special skills.
Sorceresses are capable of summoning minions, cursing enemies and creating healing potions.
The Dragon's Crown, a legendary and powerful treasure, lies hidden in one of the land's many monster lairs. Corrupt magicians who desire the treasure have, in order to make the search easier, used spells to connect the many monster-infested catacombs, caves and ruins. A group of adventurers bravely enter the labyrinth of beasts to find the crown before the dark magic-wielders, lest the world should fall into their evil hands.