Crimson Dragon

Crimson Dragon
Grounding Inc and Land Ho!
Xbox One
Rail Shooter
Date of Release
November 22, 2013

Crimson Dragon is a rail shooter for Microsoft’s Xbox One, considered by many to be the spiritual successor to the Panzer Dragoon series.

Crimson Dragon was released on November 22, 2013. Previously in development for Xbox 360, Microsoft planned to release Crimson Dragon on the 13th of June, 2012 in Japan, with other regions to follow, but the game was suddenly delayed to an unspecified future date.1 In June 2013, it was revealed that Crimson Dragon would be released exclusively on the Xbox One2 and later revealed that the game would be a launch title for the system.3

Crimson Dragon was developed by Grounding Inc, a developer featuring many former members of Team Andromeda, and Land Ho! the developer of Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol. 27: Panzer Dragoon. Former Team Andromeda members include Yukio Futatsugi (the director of the original Panzer Dragoon), Manabu Kusunoki (character and dragon designer), and Tomohiro Kondo (director of Panzer Dragoon Zwei). The soundtrack was composed by Saori Kobayashi who composed the music for Panzer Dragoon Saga and Panzer Dragoon Orta. Besides featuring former staff of the Panzer Dragoon games, Crimson Dragon shares a number of characteristics with the Panzer Dragoon series, including dragon based combat, on-rails shooter gameplay, and a futuristic science fiction setting.

In 2012, Yukio Futatsugi stated that he wished to create an RPG sequel to Crimson Dragon which would “directly connect to the ending of the first Crimson Dragon”.4.


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