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Dragon’s Crown still in development says Vanillaware illustrator

Wednesday night was rough for two distinct groups of people. The first group was fans of Capcom’s all but forgotten arcade brawlers Dungeons & Dragons: Tower of Doom and Dungeons & Dragons: Shadow Over Mystara. The second was people who want to hit dragons in the face with an axe while playing as a lushly animated, impossibly breasted Nordic warrior. There is admittedly a significant amount of crossover between these groups, but both can now rest easy. While it looked like Playstation 3 and Vita crossover beat ‘em up Dragon’s Crown was cancelled, a member of the development team has announced that the game is in fact still in development.

The rumblings started when members of the NeoGAF message board reported that Amazon.com was canceling pre-orders for the title. While hardly confirmation that a game has been cancelled, retailer listings are a reliable indicator of when a game will be released, if at all. Given the troubles publisher Ignition Entertainment has had in the past year, a cancellation did not seem impossible.

Dragon’s Crown illustrator Shigatake of Vanillaware hit Twitter on Thursday morning to reassure fans that the game is still coming. “Regarding Dragon’s Crown, although there are lots of rumors and conjecture, it’s still in development. Please wait patiently for an official update,” said Shigatake.

Dragon’s Crown was one of the first Vita titles announced, a two-dimensional beat ‘em up in the classic mold of Final Fight directed by George Kamitani, one of the men behind aforementioned Dungeons & Dragons titles. The game will also support simultaneous online play for both Vita and PS3 owners.