Crimson Dragon Now Has Controller Support, And It’s Thanks To Fans

By Matt Hawkins . June 14, 2013 . 6:30pm

Among the games that Microsoft was showcasing for the Xbox One was something that, once upon a time, was intended for the Xbox 360—Crimson Dragon, the latest game from Yukio Futatsugi, creator of Sega’s beloved Panzer Dragoon series.


Its apparent spiritual successor was to be for the Kinect, yet vanished sometime last year. And all of a sudden it’s back, seemingly the same exact game as before, but on the Xbox One and with added controller support, which many were clamoring for.


So, is it truly the same game, just with a different control scheme, or are there other improvements under the hood? Also, has Crimson Dragon been done for some time now, and is simply waiting for the Xbox One’s release to catch up with it, or is the game still being pieced together?


According to Yutaka Noma, producer of the game, “What you see is still a work in progress. One of the key things we decided to do was enhance the visuals. The [Xbox One] is so powerful that we can express our vision much more with this console.”


“We are also enhancing the dragon breeding system; depending on how you do it, your dragon evolves in different ways. So your dragon might not look like mine. Ours will also have different attributes; your might be faster, but mine stronger.”


As for how long Crimson Dragon has been in development exactly…


“A long time!” Noma shared with Siliconera. “Because of the change of direction, it required a little bit more time. Plus the change in hardware allows us to do more. There has been nothing to fix.”


That last part is in reference to how a more traditional control scheme has been added to the game, which some viewed as a means of fixing a wrong—which is not exactly the case. In fact, the delay has allowed for a game that had been intended all along.


“In the beginning, Microsoft approached Futasugi-san about doing a Kincect game for the Xbox 360, and he came up with a vision to do the ultimate Kinect game, with dragons,” Noma revealed.


“We actually wanted to support both the Kinect and a regular controller in the very beginning, but it takes time and lots of work to support both. Then we got lots and lots and lots of feedback from passionate fans, who all said ‘please support a controller’. Because of the new technology and added time, Futasugi-san went ‘okay, let’s go for it!'”


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  • MrSirFeatherFang

    I would totally get the X1 for this. And those inevitable danmaku games! The temptation is strong.

    • Ninastars

      I dunno if it’ll get the same kind of support when it comes to bullet hell shooters. What was the specific reason for their abundance on 360 anyways?

      • Flandre Scarlet

        Sony didn’t play nice with devs like Cave, as they were trying to push 2D games out the door. Microsoft paid for exclusivity and the rest was done.

        Word on the street though is that Sony aren’t being quite so antagonistic towards them and have dropped many of their odd policies. Just a rumor though.

        • mikanko

          I don’t think Microsoft ever paid for exclusivity. It was just a lot cheaper to release their games on 360 over there than it was to tackle PS3 development costs. The same reason they were so quick to hop on iOS development I suppose.

          On the plus side both consoles this time round seem as though they’ll be easier to develop for than the outgoing models. They are also going to be virtually identical for programmers, so there won’t be nearly the same problems with porting stuff around as there has been. The only real exclusivity from smaller developers will come in cases like Crimson Dragon where Microsoft is funding the game directly, and cases where indie devs are only allowed to self publish their stuff on PS4. Neither would theoretically affect Cave, G. Rev. etc. as those shmup devs don’t really fall into either category.

          The Xbone isn’t planned for release in Asia at all this year, and I don’t know if they’ll even put as much pretense for supporting the system in Japan as they tried for the 360. If the rumors circulating about regional game activation are true it won’t really matter for people outside of Japan what the new Xbox receives. Anyone who wants to import from another country will be finding themselves rather Xboned.

    • Aoshi00

      Yeah, definitely a must-have for me, I got Orta for the original Xbox. I hope they would beef up the story (w/ some made-up language again) in addition to the graphics. Glad to see it has controller support.. a Panzer Dragoon spiritual successor deserves no less than a full console sequel (as opposed to XBLA Kinect only)

      Not sure if danmaku would still keep coming, if so I pray they would make them region free, not looking forward to get 2 Xbox Ones lol.. alrdy blew like $200 on the Super Ltd Ed Saidaioujou, it’s worth it!

      • MrSirFeatherFang

        I would really be interested in the X1 if it didn’t have those restrictions… although I do live with a constant internet connection and I don’t like people borrowing my games.
        Not sure what to feel about the Kinect.
        I wish I could spend money like that on games. Not old enough to get my own job yet…
        though I somehow convinced my mom to let me get an unopened English copy of Ever17 for $200. Now that I realize it… I should appreciate how understanding my mom is…

        • Aoshi00

          I know, those DRM stuffs bug me too, even though ultimately they don’t affect me too much. I never lent games to people and like some said, if your power’s out due to weather and lose internet connection, I doubt the last thing you should worry about is playing games lol.. at the end, it all comes down to games, I would most likely be getting both PS4 & XB1 (Wii U’s alrdy just sitting there waiting for short-haired Bayonetta :)

          wow, I didn’t realize you’re that young (I think you mentioned before at some point), you sound pretty mature :) there are so many games and systems these days, I should refrain from spending too much too.. It really sucks the 360 Ever17 remake used cheap 3D, really ruined the whole thing.. gotta say I spent a heck of a lot on bullet hell and VNs on the Jpn 360 (why I kinda grew loyal to it..)

          • MrSirFeatherFang

            I like what each system has to offer, despite the advantages or shortcomings of each system. I don’t own a Wii U yet. I went job hunting with a friend and hopefully I can start buying things with my own “real earned” money.
            I haven’t started to import anything yet… but looking at what I can is tempting. Then there are figures, manga, anime, etc.
            It will be interesting to see the outcome of this Xbox One situation though.

          • Aoshi00

            It’s definitely not w/ consumers’ best interest in mind, but at the end it comes down to games people want to play, wish it were $399 at launch just like PS4.. it’s not that huge a deal, but you feel like PS4 is a hundred bucks cheaper w/o those silly restrictions (I alrdy pre-ordered both on Amazon for now).. this gen I would always get multiplatform on 360, but I’m not sure about next gen. The Wii U I really should’ve held off, but I traded in my Kindle Fire to Gamestop for a $100, so I thought I might as well..

            I collect a lot of movie blu-rays too and some manga.. and have a few figures (like nendoroids, Saint Seiya Cloth Myth, and Muramasa).. my recommendation is if you can, don’t get into figures, those stuff are bottomless pit and quite dangerous (same for importing, but strong yen lately helps a lot).. and good luck job hunting and spending your own hard earned moola wisely :) Ask yourself “can I not live w/ that?” I’m sure you don’t need me to tell you :)

  • Solomon_Kano

    I’d have totes been excited about this if Crimson Dragon were still for 360. Alas.

    • Ferrick

      same here, its been too long since i’ve played any panzer dragoon game

  • Nyandroid

    Those dragons! Beautiful! =*w*=~

  • jengo

    Phantom Dust 2…? ;_;

    • Robert Kupper

      Something that would actually make me consider (Key word I guess) getting an xbox one. Though the online support for that game died too early, My xbox died and now I can’t get those DLC powers. I don’t even want to think about the situation if it required online access to play. I want a PC version.

      Still, sad I won’t be get to play this one. I was always a big fan of panzer dragoon games. (All the smilebit games of 6th gen were fun too) Between this and SMT moving to the 3DS I am pretty unhappy with exclusivity agreements now. Get a WiiU to play bayonetta, a 3DS for SMT, Xbox One for this. I know it is how money is made, but it really does irk me to miss out on series I became invested in.

      • jengo

        Two of my dream games are next gen (or even *gasp* mobile /portable) versions of Phantom Dust and Culdcept. They just reek of opportunity…

  • This game has had obvious development issues no matter how much they try to sugar coat it by saying it was due to a switch of consoles. The comment about the power of the Xbox One enhancing the visual is pure crap since it still looks like a 360 game. There was leaked gameplay that showed the Kinect controls completely spazzing out and not working properly.

    I got a 360 for a cheap a few months back and it was for this game. A damn shame it’s now an Xbox One exclusive.

    • Pockystix

      I feel the worst for the devs, since it was obvious that no one was giving them the time of day. And with this, they had to go Kinect, or nothing.

      At least now those few people who want an XBone for just this will be able to play it with an actual controller.

      so there’s some silver lining

  • Somazu

    So it supports controllers, but does it have sound? ;D

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    Damn, this is probably one of the biggest game which i believed makes me droll for X1 here.T_T

    I wanted to support grounding here but releasing this on X1 is surely not helping a lot here.T_T

  • brian

    I feel sorry for these poor exclusive (?) dragons.

  • TrevHead

    Don’t plan on buying a X1 anytime soon but it’s good to know it’ll have pad support.

  • myausicz

    i hope they bring it over to PS4

  • malek86

    Mmh, I was really waiting for this on 360. I suppose platform moving is nothing new (imagine those who bought a PS3 for Versus), but still. I guess it’s especially annoying because it didn’t feel like it was still in development… at one point it was actually scheduled for release on June 2012. We even had a leaked demo!

  • Kelohmello

    Still mad this is for Xbox One. Hope they port it over to another system.

  • TiamatNM

    I bought an original xbox mostly for Orta and this game looks awesome but even this can’t get me to buy an Xbone. I just hope it gets ported to PS4 or Wii U eventually.

  • Armane

    This will be the only Xbone game I buy; shame I’ll never have the console to play it on.

  • Amine Hsu Nekuchan

    Man, kinda depressing this game is for XBone… Panzer Dragoon Orta was pretty fun.

  • thaKingRocka

    Well, hot damn!

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