Crimson Dragon takes flight this year

Kinect-compatible Xbox 360 rail shooter from creator of Panzer Dragoon series to feature customisable dragon and three-player co-op.

There hasn't been much news about Project Draco lately, an Xbox 360 title developed for the Kinect by Panzer Dragoon creator Yukio Futatsugi. That all changed last week with a playable version of the game--now titled Crimson Dragon--unveiled at Microsoft's Xbox 360 10th anniversary celebration.

The first of many official screens from the game formerly known as Project Draco.

According to a report on Famitsu, Crimson Dragon is due out on Xbox Live Arcade this year. Just like the Panzer Dragoon series, the game is an on-rails shooter where players control the onscreen dragon by using their body movement tracked by the Kinect motion sensor.

Gamers attack onscreen enemies by using their left and right hands. The right hand is for lock-on and homing shots, while the left hand is for single hard-hitting shots that use up the dragon's spirit gauge.

The game also features the option to customise dragons. Players feed their mounts different sorts of meat to boost their attributes and give them new skills. The title also features three-player co-op over Xbox Live, using players' dragons from the single-player campaign.

Crimson Dragon was announced under its previous name at Tokyo Game Show 2010.

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31 comments
warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

@Sigil-otaku Don't get me wrong, Time Crisis is brilliant - I'm a top fan. But for a piece of tech which was stated to truly change the way we game all we've seen so far are dance games and nonsense which can easily be missed. Fruit Ninja, Kinectimals, Just Dance, and Star Wars on-rails just don't do anything for me. It's a clever piece of kit which is being wasted. The potential for a top class RTS game like Command and Conquer is ridiculous, give me games like that and I'll stop moaning.. until then though I'm not impressed.

DarthLefein
DarthLefein

Needs DVD edition. Needs Panzer Dragoon Saga emulated on 360 from Sega.

Sigil-otaku
Sigil-otaku

@warhawk-geeby Last I checked on-rails was actually a decently popular genre, everyone remembers house of the dead and time crisis from the arcades but of course as soon as a system released a peripheral more oriented that way it became a fan-boy point and people acted like it was suddenly awful. I'm not as big a fan of on-rails as free movement but if the game is done right it's fine and last I checked panzer dragoon was on rails anyway since my old copy of panzer dragoon orta was so I don't see it as even a differentiation from the norm for this title.

DCUltrapro
DCUltrapro

@dlCHIEF58 um.... yeah which is exactly what I said, the article says the 10 year anniversary of the 360, and I was just saying that was wrong

buying1999
buying1999

Man kudos to Microsoft for developing a truly innovative piece of hardware like the Kinect. Not some hd wii copied knock off like the pink ball on a stick thing. You know the move? Yeah I didn't think you'd heard of it because if you already have a wii then you don't need one. I wonder which Sony Defense Force play they'll use on me this time? LOL. The funny thing is that my statement is true LOL. This is just too easy. Oh Sony Defense Force members need to read the face off of syndicate on eurogamer. LOL. Xbox 360 proves it's superiority over and over and over and over and over again. "Xbox 360 is the BEST console EVER made." --John Carmack

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

Kinect-ed to rails. That's about the only tripe they can come out with :?

Vodoo
Vodoo

Sounds like it'll be the first good Kinect game. Would've been better if they scrapped Kinect functionality and made it a regular arcade game instead. I've been waiting for an updated Panzer game and it looks like I'll have to keep waiting.

y3ivan
y3ivan

regardless of all the kinect hate. I believe panzer dragoon is one of the breakthrough titles for kinect.

raahsnavj
raahsnavj

" three-player co-op over Xbox Live" - oh, I thought this would actually have some news that they figured out how to make Kinect work with 3 people... guess not. It is just another online affair which is useless to me without local multiplayer.

SonicNextGen2
SonicNextGen2

*sees panzer dragoon and its features, shrieks like a little girl* *sees kinect, closes article*

Ras_Kho
Ras_Kho

another kinect game?!!!what is wrong with u micro?why cant u make this kind of games for xbox 360??!!dont u think we xbox 360 owners need more exclusives??!!!

monson21502
monson21502

maybe ill hook me kinect back up for this

kyle756
kyle756

here's hoping Sega will port all panzer dragoons to arcade... excited for this too, (for those of you worried, I'm sure they'll take the Child of Eden route, and have both kinect and controller controls)

kennythomas26
kennythomas26

This game does sound really interesting now that I have heard a little more about and now we will have to wait and see what it will be like when it comes out.

Matt6411
Matt6411

Not wild about the rail shooter aspect, but this might be good. It would be nice to have an action game in my kinect library.

dlCHIEF58
dlCHIEF58

Should be a solid Kinect title that plays similar to Child of Eden. Definitely looking forward to this one.

dlCHIEF58
dlCHIEF58

@DCUltrapro It is the 10th anniversary of the Xbox launch in Japan - the original not the 360.

Rocker6
Rocker6

Kinect showelware...

Twin-Blade
Twin-Blade

I loved Panzer Dragoon Orta and was hyped for this until I saw Kinect.

IceJester45
IceJester45

Kids today sure hate the on-rails shooters. Such closed-mindedness really is a shame. They're passing on some great games.

DCUltrapro
DCUltrapro

can't wait for this game, the only disappoint for me is that they aren't brave enough to release these games fully, Haunt was good enough to get a retail release and I'm sure this will be too. What with Gunstringer, Power Up Heroes, Sports Season 2, Fruit Ninja, Kinectimals and star wars coming the Kinect is seriously taking off. I also can't wait for Mass Effect 3 as the first major title to integrate it properly

DCUltrapro
DCUltrapro

sorry, xbox 360 10th anniversary event? Are you sure it isn't the 10th anniversary of the xbox brand?

ProMethUse
ProMethUse

interesting......... remembered face-palming myself numerous times playing panzer dragoon

y3ivan
y3ivan

@Scynt if you played the original panzer dragoon (1995?) it has always been on-rail shooter. I remember the game was brutally difficult and i never did bothered to finished it

y3ivan
y3ivan

@Shredwolf Publisher: Microsoft you can forget about porting to other consoles. Unless EA buys the IP.

Shredwolf
Shredwolf

Is it exclusive to Microsoft or on the way to the other consoles? If it's former then I think I'm going to cry. What made the guy do this? He should have already seen the performance of certain similar game that hardly made an impression to the gamers.

Encephlon
Encephlon

oooh the revival of Panzer Dragoon

Scynt
Scynt

Customizable dragons and co-op is sweet. Can't save the utter fail that is a Kinect on-rails shooter, though.

Barighm
Barighm

Yay for a new Panzer Dragoon, no matter its form, boo for it being Kinect. Option to play with controller plz or no sale.

MafiaMusic
MafiaMusic

you aint getting good games like this on PS move, thats for sure.

King-gamer
King-gamer

I thought it would be a cool game... ...then I saw the word "Kinect".