• Atlus Acquires Publishing Rights To Dragon's Crown, Coming 2013


                IRVINE, CALIFORNIA -- APRIL 19, 2012 -- ATLUS, a brand of Index Digital Media, Inc., today announced that it has acquired North American publishing rights for Dragon's Crown™, a cooperative action RPG for PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and PlayStation®Vita (PS Vita) handheld entertainment system. The transfer of licensing rights from UTV Ignition Entertainment to Index Digital Media, Inc. only affects the title's publishing and distribution; Dragon's Crown is still being developed by Vanillaware.

                Originally to be published by UTV Ignition Entertainment, the game will now be produced, published, and distributed by ATLUS, whose acclaimed creative team will assist developer Vanillaware in resuming and completing work.

                "We are exceedingly proud to become a part of producing and publishing Dragon's Crown," stated Shinichi Suzuki, President and CEO of Index Digital Media, Inc. "Vanillaware is a developer beloved for their tremendous visual talent and extraordinary attention to detail. Our previous collaboration with them, Odin Sphere™, went on to sell over 350,000 units worldwide, entering the prestigious PlayStation® Greatest Hits library. While much work remains, we believe this collaboration will be well worth the wait."

                Dragon's Crown is scheduled to release for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita systems in North America in 2013. For more information, please visit www.dragons-crown.com.

                Ignition Games Press Release Regarding Dragon's Crown
                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.
                Source: Press Release
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