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.

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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.
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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