Dragon's Crown Gets New Outfit Options

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Dragon's Crown Gets New Outfit Options

Atlus has unveiled new outfit, audio, and control options for Dragon's Crown.

While much ado has been about some of the more ill-proportioned aspects of Dragon's Crown's presentation, Atlus would like to point out some of the game's more customizable aspects. In turn, the company has recently revealed which elements of the game players will be able to adjust. Some of the options are arguably kind of minor. Chances are there aren't too many gamers who will bat an eye at the ability to name their character in this day and age. That being the case, there are a few things that players might appreciate.

On the audio end, players will have the option to switch between the English and Japanese combat voices. While chances are most English-speaking players will stick with the English voice options, this does give a convenient way to avoid any of the potentially annoying repeat phrases that sometimes crop up in games like this. Then again, if you're fluent in Japanese, it could just open up a whole new selection of audible aggravation.

Arguably bigger than voice options are newly unveiled outfit color choices which, in a few cases, also include altered skin colors. These will likely be appreciated by players who don't fit in with the often less than diverse ethnicities sometimes presented in fantasy titles akin to Dragon's Crown. That being the case, the game could probably still have done better on this front. While the Elf and the Dwarf will have a wider racial range, the other characters are still pretty pale.

The biggest reveal for me personally is the option to swap the game's native analog controls for the Vita's D-pad. Maybe it's because I grew up playing an NES, but it's always felt unnatural to me to try and play a sidescrolling game with analog sticks. So, in short, hooray for that change. Players interested in trying out these customization options don't have much longer to wait. Dragon's Crown lands on the Vita on August 6th.

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I'd be more interested if they could give us a European release date ):

And also Cross-Buy...

This made me laugh.

Developer: "Hey guys and girls, we know some people weren't happy with the design options for some of our characters so we decided to give you some options."
Customer: "Less revealing outfits for The Sorceress?"
Developer: "What? No, you can just have different coloured clothing now."

That's not outfit changes that's a color palette swap!

With the work flow of any professional artist that literally only takes a few minutes...<.<

Apparently color filters that take 5 seconds to do by even the laziest of artists counts as costume changes now.

I've got to agree with the masses. Thems aint noo outfits! Maybe the lead artist was too entranced by the jiggle animations to work and an intern had to use their rudimentary photoshop skills to move the colour sliders a bit?

Pfft, those are just colour swaps.

If they're considered 'extra' costumes, then there's hundred of them in UMvC3.

Palette swaps are new outfits now? News to me.

Oh boy! Now they've got another controversy on their hands
DWARVES AREN'T BLACK! rabble, rabble, rabble!

StewShearer:

On the audio end, players will have the option to switch between the English and Japanese combat voices. While chances are most English-speaking players will stick with the English voice options, this does give a convenient way to avoid any of the potentially annoying repeat phrases that sometimes crop up in games like this. Then again, if you're fluent in Japanese, it could just open up a whole new selection of audible aggravation.

Well, that depends on the quality of the english voice acting. Lost count of the poorly voiced english versions that had me switching (or wishing I could) to Japanese audio in preference to clawing my ears off. (yes, i'm looking at you, sonic adventure, trouble witches neo, enchanted arms and Zone of the Enders 2)

And the artstyle is still unpleasant to look at and among the ugliest things I've ever seen. And those costumes are just colorswaps...

DVS BSTrD:
Oh boy! Now they've got another controversy on their hands
DWARVES AREN'T BLACK! rabble, rabble, rabble!

Actually, Dwarves come from ancient Norse mythology, where they were referred to as 'svartalf', or 'black elf/dark elf' in English. The word 'Dwarf' itself comes from the German word 'Zwerg'. So yeah, originally, they were indeed black.

I honestly can't wait for this game. I recently got a Vita and am enjoying replaying Muramasa. Now I find I'm impatient for this game, which at first I didn't give one single shit about. I would also appreciate a version of Odin Sphere, TBH. C'mon guys, take my money! Also, I couldn't be more happy with analog controls being an option in this game. I wish they had done that with Muramasa. It's so unnatural to control characters on a 2D plain with the analog, it has honestly adversely affected some of the platforming in Muramasa for me.

Edit: Honestly, color swaps... a lot of games will allow you to just select a customized color palette. It's really easy to do from a programming and especially artistic side. C'mon guys, real news. You don't have to make shit up to stay in the news till release.

Sacman:
That's not outfit changes that's a color palette swap!

With the work flow of any professional artist that literally only takes a few minutes...<.<

ok good glad I'm not losing my mind. I couldn't see any difference in the clothing either.

I thought this news was the answer to some of the naysayers out there. They should of called it pallete colour swap as outfit is misleading (they're not wearing different clothing, only the colours on them had been changed).

TheKasp:
And the artstyle is still unpleasant to look at and among the ugliest things I've ever seen. And those costumes are just colorswaps...

That is one of the downsides to this style of animation. Alternate costumes are not an option. They would require far too much work.

To be honest this is 2D art, in 2D art (like this one where every different frame is a different drawing) to have a new outfit usually means a shit ton of work in having to redraw everything again.

Its like that feature in the KOF game (I think) where you can swap the colors of the sprites, thats a nice way of giving some options to the player.

StewShearer:
The biggest reveal for me personally is the option to swap the game's native analog controls for the Vita's D-pad. Maybe it's because I grew up playing an NES, but it's always felt unnatural to me to try and play a sidescrolling game with analog sticks. So, in short, hooray for that change.

I'm glad they added that, it makes a huge difference on side scrolling games. Rayman Origins on the vita is so much better when played with the D-pad

DVS BSTrD:
Oh boy! Now they've got another controversy on their hands
DWARVES AREN'T BLACK! rabble, rabble, rabble!

Actually you brought up something I didn't realize before.

If you consider the Sorceress,Wizard,Amazon & Knight all Humans, then they might have a new controversy about the fact that only the 2 likely non-human classes elf/elvan and the dwarf are the only ones who can appear black or darker skinned. As if to say black people are/can not be human(iod).

Or is that a bit of a stretch?

Side Note you think they could of linked the Paladin's/Knight's shield color to his shoulder crest sure it's likely considered apart of the weapon that don't seem to change ever but it's kind of only matches the original armor as it stands now.

So, they opened the skins in gimp/photoshop and selected colorize.

???

Denamic:

DVS BSTrD:
Oh boy! Now they've got another controversy on their hands
DWARVES AREN'T BLACK! rabble, rabble, rabble!

Actually, Dwarves come from ancient Norse mythology, where they were referred to as 'svartalf', or 'black elf/dark elf' in English. The word 'Dwarf' itself comes from the German word 'Zwerg'. So yeah, originally, they were indeed black.

Ah, but the "Svart" was referring to their hair colour. Their skin is described as being deathly pale.

I was expecting only color swaps. Redrawing entire outfits is a pain in the ass and too much work for what they can accomplish in their time frame.

Baresark:
I honestly can't wait for this game. I recently got a Vita and am enjoying replaying Muramasa. Now I find I'm impatient for this game, which at first I didn't give one single shit about. I would also appreciate a version of Odin Sphere, TBH. C'mon guys, take my money! Also, I couldn't be more happy with analog controls being an option in this game. I wish they had done that with Muramasa. It's so unnatural to control characters on a 2D plain with the analog, it has honestly adversely affected some of the platforming in Muramasa for me.

Edit: Honestly, color swaps... a lot of games will allow you to just select a customized color palette. It's really easy to do from a programming and especially artistic side. C'mon guys, real news. You don't have to make shit up to stay in the news till release.

Uh you might wanna poke around in your options menu, you can remap all the controls in Muramasa. First thing I actually did because I'm not fond of using analog for 2D platforming either. I was able to remap left stick to be my quick item scroll, L to quick item use, R to block, and D-pad for movement; makes a shit ton of a difference when you play.

So, who came up with the idea that those were "new outfits," Atlus or the Escapist? Whichever one it is, you disappoint me and you should feel ashamed for misrepresenting a palette swap as a new outfit.

I have to agree with what some of the other people are saying. Color changing isn't the same as having new outfits. I honestly expected to see new outfits, not recolors. I don't doubt that making new outfits would be a lot of work, but I'd hardly call what they did do "new outfits".

seydaman:
So, they opened the skins in gimp/photoshop and selected colorize.

???

The alternative is having to draw new outfits by hand, which means redrawing ever frame of animation for every action with the new outfit. Which ultimately equals the same amount of work as drawing a new character from scratch.

I didn't expect anything else clicking on this. People don't realise just how hard 2D animation is. In many respects, it's harder to do than 3D animation. 3D, you only have to animate something once, and you can let computer algorithms take care of the rest. 2D, everything has to be done by hand, including alterations. It's a phenomenal amount of work to make even a simple game with good looking sprites and artwork.

I would definitely have been surprised if they actually made full blown costumes.
I would've had a big laugh if there was a style change between the genders, like seeing the fighter in a thong, and a chest plate while the amazon got full body armor, but I definitely knew better than to expect it, realistically.

Yeah, a pallate swap isn't a "new" outfit. I agree, ther, but I also agree with the people who say that it'd take an absurd amount of time, and effort to redo the sprites for a new outfit.

I'm still looking forward to this game. Sorcress with her necromancy looks pretty awesome. Sort of a rare power for a protagonist to have, too, IMO.

IIRC, it won't be a full 60 USD price tag, so that's a bonus.

I don't see any "clothing" here.
Man, no redhead dark-skinned Amazon either. Her skin is still too fair, but ahh well, I get what I get.

LifeCharacter:
So, who came up with the idea that those were "new outfits," Atlus or the Escapist? Whichever one it is, you disappoint me and you should feel ashamed for misrepresenting a palette swap as a new outfit.

Considering the Escapist is fond of dishonest click baiting headlines I would think its safe to say who decided on that term.

TheKasp:
Aamong the ugliest things I've ever seen.

And I consider everything Vanillaware does to be by far the most stunningly beautiful games I have ever witnessed. Aren't opinions wonderful?

OT: between this, Time & Eternity, and the steam summer sale my wallet is gonna be hurting.

major_chaos:

And I consider everything Vanillaware does to be by far the most stunningly beautiful games I have ever witnessed. Aren't opinions wonderful?

Oh yes they are. And I would not imply that in this case mine is in any way 'better' or more valid than yours. :)

Way Inaccurate title. Skin tones != outfits. Heck, even games that offer 'unique skins' do more than just change the skin color.

TheKasp:

major_chaos:

And I consider everything Vanillaware does to be by far the most stunningly beautiful games I have ever witnessed. Aren't opinions wonderful?

Oh yes they are. And I would not imply that in this case mine is in any way 'better' or more valid than yours. :)

But I would. You opinion is bad, and vanillaware games are among the most beautiful games ever. Glad we cleared that up!

Denamic:

But I would. You opinion is bad, and vanillaware games are among the most beautiful games ever. Glad we cleared that up!

If you think that you have any objective arguments that speak for this bad anatomy, bad proportions and unappealing overall style then I pity you.

Vanillaware games are among the ugliest games I've ever seen. Dwarf Fortress is more pleasant to my eye than anything this gaming studio has produced.

10/10, I laughed heartily. Good on you lot.

TheKasp:

Denamic:

But I would. You opinion is bad, and vanillaware games are among the most beautiful games ever. Glad we cleared that up!

If you think that you have any objective arguments that speak for this bad anatomy, bad proportions and unappealing overall style then I pity you.

Vanillaware games are among the ugliest games I've ever seen. Dwarf Fortress is more pleasant to my eye than anything this gaming studio has produced.

Objective argument for aesthetic preference? Yeah, that's gonna happen.

Denamic:

Objective argument for aesthetic preference? Yeah, that's gonna happen.

Then don't call my opinion 'bad' if it is as valid as yours.

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