Crimson Dragon Trailer
Members of the original Team Andromeda have come back together to give us what is essentially a spiritual successor to the Panzer Dragoon on the Sega Saturn. Crimson Dragon will be a rail shooter exclusively for Xbox 360 and the Kinect. Crimson Dragon’s director Yukio Futatugi is very quick to point out this is not an official sequel to the Panzer Dragoon series, nor is it set in the PD world, but one look at those dragon designs, (designed by Manabu Kusonoki-original art designer on Panzer Dragoon and Panzer Dragoon Zwei),the amazing tribal rhythms and synths in the trailers music (Saori Kobayashi-composed the music for Orta), you wouldn’t be penalized for thinking otherwise.
For Panzer Dragoon fans like myself, this was something we’d never thought would happen. The Panzer Dragoon series didn’t sell well. The series was fraught with delays, over budgets,horrible dramas and yet that beauty and pain seemed to have poured over into the Panzer series’ story.Unfortunately not many gave the games a chance to see that. Only 20 thousand copies of Panzer Dragoon Saga barely made it to the states (Snatching a copy now is near impossible and a completed copy on Ebay can fetch upwards to 300 dollars.Yes I have my copy, and no I will never sell it.
The reason this series is so cherished is because of the amount of story and depth that was instilled into these games were simply unheard of for a game that was essentially nothing more than a rail shooter.So now with CD we have another chance to enter this man’s dreams (Yukio) and ride a dragon through fantastic worlds. This will be the reason I get the kinect. As with most rail shooters, game-play is essentially about the reflexes. Something the kinect really can’t do reliably. I have a funny feeling the lack of thereof will result in even more effort put into the world and its atmosphere. So for this reason I’m very happy Yukio finally got his wish of making another panzer game before he died, even if he isn’t allowed to say it’s one.