E3 2011: VanillaWare tries on Dragon's Crown for PS3, Vita

UTV Ignition publishing side-scrolling fantasy brawler, the first HD game from the developer behind Muramasa: The Demon Blade.

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LOS ANGELES--Developer VanillaWare has made a name for itself with the award-winning graphics of games like Muramasa: The Demon Blade and Odin Sphere, but the studio has yet to showcase its talents on an HD system. That's going to change soon, as UTV Ignition Games has announced that it will publish VanillaWare's next game, Dragon's Crown, on the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita.

VanillaWare games are known for their graphics.
VanillaWare games are known for their graphics.

Dragon's Crown is a fantasy side-scrolling beat-'em-up featuring six different classes of character (fighter, amazon, dwarf, wizard, sorceress, elf) showcasing some exaggerated physical proportions. The game will allow up to four adventurers to play together online, hacking their way through a variety of dungeons on a quest to accumulate riches and confront an ancient dragon.

Ignition has said that the Vita version of the game won't be scaled back from its PS3 counterpart in any way. Additionally, the two versions will feature some sort of interoperability that Ignition won't be revealing until a bit closer to the game's slated spring 2012 release.

For more on VanillaWare, check out GameSpot's review of the studio's previous game, Muramasa: The Demon Blade.

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