Crimson Dragon, the sequel to Panzer Dragoon in everything but name, now has an official Japanese site. And with that site comes a few new screenshots as well as higher-quality versions of the ones originally provided by Famitsu. Additionally, the game's dazzling trailer (previously glimpsed via camcorder video on YouTube) is available for download to Xbox 360s with a Japanese Xbox Live account. Siliconera has kindly uploaded the trailer for all the world to see.
The trailer reveals four key members of Crimson Dragon's staff:
- Director: Yukio Futatsugi, creator of Panzer Dragoon
- Concept Artist: Manabu Kusonoki (art design for Panzer Dragoon and Panzer Dragoon II)
- Lead Designer: Tomohiro Kondo (director of Panzer Dragoon II)
- Sound: Saori Kobayashi (composer of Panzer Dragoon Orta)
With so many Panzer Dragon alums involved, it's no wonder the game adheres extremely closely to SEGA's fondly-remembered series. Seeing the game in action has got this old Sega Saturn fan chomping at the bit to climb onto a dragon and start blasting monsters once again. Let's just hope the Kinect controls can keep up with the game's fast action and ambitious visual designs.
Crimson Dragon is a rail-shooter that supports 3 player online co-op. It will debut on Xbox Live Arcade sometime this year.