A few days ago we saw the Japanese box art and official artbook for Vanillaware’s Dragon’s Crown, and many wondered if the box would look the same in the west, or if we’d ever be able to get our greedy paws on the artbook on this side of the Pacific ocean.
The answer is “yes” to both questions.
Atlus USA just sent a press release showing off the North American box art for the game (for both the PS3 and the PS Vita). In addition to that, those that preorder the game will also get the limited edition soft-cover art book.
The artbook includes 64 pages of full-color illustrations from Dragon’s Crown and comments from George Kamitani himself. It also comes with commissioned artwork about the Dragon’s Crown universe from three prominent Japanese video game artists: Akira “Akiman” Yasuda (Street Fighter II and III, Power Stone, Tech Romancer, and Mecha Designer for the Code Geass anime series), Kinu Nishimura (Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward, Code of Princess, Dungeons & Dragons: Tower of Doom), and “Gouda Cheese” Bengus (Street Fighter series, Marvel vs Capcom 3 and many others).
Personally I’m very happy to hear that we’ll be able to enjoy the artbook with Kamitani-san’s artwork in the west. While a few irrational pundits definitely love to hate it, it deserves this treatment due to the fantastic use of color and the original style.
I’m even happier to see that Atlus didn’t cave to the pressure of the media and didn’t give up publishing the artbook as many feared they would. Creative freedom and artistic diversity should always be cherished and protected.
In the gallery below you can see both box art mock-ups and the cover of the artbook itself.