The Japanese Kinect XBLA game http://www.trueachievements.com/Crimson-Dragon-xbox-360.htm
has sat in limbo since a delay was announced just days before its release
. Although nothing new has been revealed about the ambitious arcade title, a new addition to the franchise will arrive ahead it. Crimson Dragon: Side Story
was announced today, and the wait for it won’t be long as it arrives next week.
There will be plenty to do between the two game modes, unlockable skills, and 'jewels' which you can collect or purchase.
• In Story Mode, take control of Sana and her dragon White Reaver as they are sent on a special mission revolving around the mysterious pandemic called “Crimonscale Disease”.
• In Mission Mode, the player faces a variety of situations such as high difficulty stages and continuous boss battles, competing for high scores while collecting powerful skills.
• Over 170 Skills are available to be unlocked in-game, and the unlocked skills can be “awakened” in the dragon by using “jewels”. The more powerful the skill, the more jewels are required for awakening.
• Jewels are available not only through the gameplay, but also can be obtained using a location service based on calculation of the distance a player traveled per day in the real world. Additional jewels are also available for purchase. Enter a world dominated by dragons
What then, of the XBLA game? No real specifics were made to what's going on with the Japanese release, or if we'll see a Western release either. Microsoft did
say "The Crimson Dragon franchise is important to us." and that they were "doubling down on the series." More updates were promised soon on the series. Sounds to me like that have some enthusiastic plans in store.
For now, we can look forward to Crimson Dragon: Side Story
for Windows Phone on September 12th. The price has not been revealed yet.