Fifth Dragon’s Crown Update Now Available In North America, Too

By Ishaan . December 20, 2013 . 10:45am

The fifth Dragon’s Crown update patch, which was released in Japan yesterday, is coming to now available North America, too. See below for the full set of patch notes:


[Bug Fixes]

  • Gameplay stability is improved.


[New Features]

  • Clearing the ninth layer in the Labyrinth of Chaos unlocks a new “Ultimate” difficulty level. This difficulty can be selected at the Temple.
  • When in Ultimate difficulty, a new randomly generated dungeon named the “Tower of Mirages” is added.
  • Ultimate difficulty raises the level cap from LV 99 to LV 255.
  • Item shortcuts can now be assigned and used separately by holding L1 and the Up directional button.
  • Damage values can now be displayed as a running total instead of per-hit.
  • To help increase player character visibility, characters can be shown with transparencies when they are on top of one another. This feature is available in the Options menu and can be toggled on or off.
  • Save files that have cleared Story mode can skip the first quests leading to the Talisman collection when creating a new character.
  • Guild Quests that have already been cleared may now be skipped in subsequent playthroughs.


[Feature Modifications]

  • Character class skills have received a number of adjustments.
  • NPC behavior has been adjusted.
  • Rules and effects regarding equipment, items, and skills in the Colosseum have been adjusted.
  • Other tuning and minor improvements to various gameplay elements have been made.


Atlus say this is the final update that will be made to Dragon’s Crown.



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  • TheExile285

    “Guild Quests that have already been cleared may now be skipped in subsequent playthroughs.”

    YES! :D

    • Mnstrzero00

      That confused me. Why would I want to skip a quest. Wouldn’t I lose out on still points?

      • YouGusta

        You will get bzillion skill point with 255 lvl cap.

  • mojack411

    Oh, well that answers my question of it the patch would be out by the time I get the game.

  • Herok♞

    So glad I only played through once now seems like life will be easier for me now

  • z_merquise

    So this will be the last update then. Vanillaware and Atlus already did a lot of support for the game, it’s amazing.

    Sounds like Vanillaware really made a good relationship with Atlus, now I wonder if Atlus would publish whatever new game Vanillaware will create.

    • Amalaira

      They had Aksys as their NA publisher for Muramasa which came out a few months earlier. So who knows if they are extremely exclusive to Atlus now, but I’m quite fine with both Atlus and Aksys so no problem there!

      I believe Atlus did work on the development of the actual game in addition to publishing it, though.

    • TheExile285

      That’d be nice. Atlus did a good job with DCs localization.

      • Matenshi

        It’s amazing how much of a bullet we dodged there. The game was originally going to be localized by Ignition Entertainment (you know, the guys responsible for the horribly bland Wii translation for Muramasa, among others).

        • neocatzon

          What? How is any company still believes Ignition Entertainment for translating stuff?

        • buddyluv324

          Dont for get the small collection of white knight sheep that tried to shit on DC because of the artstyle. But then again in the end the attention mostly did more good in harm according to the sales figures and reviews..

      • z_merquise

        I don’t know if it’s coincidence but it’s mostly Atlus ending up publishing most of George Kamitani’s games and saving his company most of the time.

        It first happened from Princess Crown, where the original publisher went bankrupt then Atlus grabbed the publishing rights and save them. Then after Odin Sphere and Grimgrimoire, Vanillaware was in near bankruptcy when Atlus came in and in a way, save them thanks to the unexpected huge sales for Odin Sphere. Now it’s Atlus again saving Dragon’s Crown after the original publisher Ignition closed.

        You can see the details of it in these posts summarized and translated by the people in MMCafe:

        This part is made me interested and look forward even more to future Vanillaware games:
        (George Kamitani) Wants to keep making consumer-oriented games (i.e. for gamers) as opposed to smart phone games, seeing as he worked so hard to have his own company.

        I’m not against games made for mobile phone but I personally prefer playing games for gaming consoles, home or portable.

  • MIke R

    In the running for my person GOTY, might be slightly edge out by the import of Earth Defense Force 2025 though….

  • blembot4000

    It would be nice if they added a pause feature for the ps3 version

  • ShootThatWay

    Uh oh, I’m in need of catching up. Not even level 99 yet… actually not even level 50 yet. D:

    I’m ready to hop on my elf, as soon as my nephews come over to visit this holiday. Then it’ll be a local party of 4. :D

  • easter

    I thought there’d be new content (as in, new art assets for the new dungeon), but it’s just remixed levels.

    Still, very cool of Atlus and Vanillaware to keep polishing out the game. Oh and small and unmarked feature: you can throw your weapons now, if you’re a melee character. It’s pretty hilarious (and deadly) hurling your sword/poleaxe/hammers at things :)

  • BentoBlame

    I bought the game when it was $30 on PSN days ago & I’m delighted that me and my friends are playing the latest/most stable version yet.

  • Juan Manuel M. Suárez

    Already trying it and the game really is brutal if you don’t level up / get some gear first. I still need people to do the speed run trophies. Curses~.

  • Kevin Schwarz

    Next Vanillaware game: COUNT ME IN! Thanks for the suport, I say.

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