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Crimson Dragon balance tweaked ahead of launch

Crimson Dragon balance tweaked ahead of launch

Based on the feedback so far.

The developer of 16 Xbox One digital-only launch title Crimson Dragon will tweak the game's balance before it's released at midnight tonight.

The decision was made based on feedback, director Yukio Futatsugi wrote in a blog post on Xbox Wire.

"Crimson Dragon is designed to be challenging," Futatsugi said. "This has always been my vision for the game. I want you to feel like you've accomplished something each time you master a mission. To be proud of each dragon you've worked so hard to evolve to its ultimate form.

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Crimson Dragon review

Crimson Dragon review

The Andromeda strain.

You couldn't tell from its unappealing looks, but Crimson Dragon's heritage is sublime. The work of producer Yukio Futatsugi, its roots stretch back to 1995's Panzer Dragoon, itself a continuation of a form birthed by Sega with 1982's Buck Rogers: Planet of Zoom and, more famously, the brilliant Space Harrier.

It's a form that has evolved in some odd, fascinating ways since Futatsugi's Saturn original: in developer Team Andromeda's hands, it became a majestic, soaring role-playing game with Panzer Dragoon Saga, while elsewhere at Sega it was transmuted into the strange and beautiful Rez by Tetsuya Mizuguchi and his team at United Games Artists. Most recently, Mizuguchi would return to the form again in 2011's Child of Eden, a heavenly successor to Rez that introduced Kinect motion control.

When Futatsugi first announced his new project with developer Grounding at the Tokyo Game Show in 2011 - it was known as Project Draco back then, part of a small collection of Japanese-developed games for the then fledgling Kinect - it was easy to get excited. Here was a game that would take the unobtrusive motion control of Child of Eden and meld it together with some of the deeper RPG elements of Panzer Dragoon Saga. The prospects for the spiritual return of one of the Sega fan's most cherished series looked good.

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All the Xbox One launch games and their install sizes

All the Xbox One launch games and their install sizes

UPDATE: More download prices added, including FIFA, Forza and Dead Rising.

The Xbox One launches with a number of games available to download. Now the embargo on the console itself has lifted, we learn each title's install size and price in pounds.

At the time of publication prices for all but a few games are available.

First, the big list of Xbox One launch games (if the size and/or price isn't listed, it was unavailable for us - this will of course change for you when the console launches on Friday 22nd November).

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Why was the original Crimson Dragon canned?

Futatsugi on the evolution of the Xbox One launch title.

Grounding's Yukio Futatsugi has spoken of his initial shock at Microsoft's decision to can the original and finished version of Crimson Dragon as it asked him to prepare it afresh as an Xbox One launch title.

Crimson Dragon is now an Xbox One-exclusive

Crimson Dragon is now an Xbox One-exclusive

New trailer shows off the Panzer Dragoon successor's gorgeous world.

Panzer Dragoon and Phantom Dust creator Yukio Futatsugi's upcoming aerial shooter Crimson Dragon was announced today as an Xbox One-exclusive.

Previously it had been announced as a Kinect-based Xbox 360 game. It will still be Kinect-based in a sense, but with the Xbox One's Kinect 2.0 that's included in the upcoming console.

A pretty spiffy trailer was shown off today at Microsoft's pre-E3 press conference, as can be seen below.

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Why Xbox failed in Japan

From the archive: the inside story on Microsoft's greatest ever challenge.

Every Sunday we haul an exciting article out of the Eurogamer archive so you can read it again or enjoy it for the first time if you missed it. Wesley's piece on Xbox's trials and tribulations in Japan was originally published on 14th December 2012.

Microsoft makes Kinect Xbox 360 exclusive Crimson Dragon official

Microsoft has made Crimson Dragon official.

The game that was codenamed Project Draco was playable at an Xbox 360 10th anniversary event in Akihabara, Tokyo last week. There, Microsoft confirmed the new name, which had been revealed by the Australian Classification board earlier in the month.

Japanese magazine Famitsu (via Andriasang) reported that the Kinect game is due out on Xbox Live Arcade at some point this year. Crimson Dragon is the brainchild of Panzer Dragoon creator Yukio Futatsugi. And, like Dragoon, is an on-rails shooter.

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Project Draco

Dragoon on.

A cherry-red dragon swoops low in a green-topped canyon, its wings skimming against still blue waters as formations of flying insects attack, all disposed of with a sweeping lock-on. Despite the familiarities, this isn't Panzer Dragoon - but the download-only Project Draco flies as close as is possible to Sega's much-loved on-rails series.

Japan-made Xbox 360 exclusives revealed

Japan-made Xbox 360 exclusives revealed

Suda51! Radiant Silvergun! More!

Microsoft announced three Kinect-enabled Xbox 360 exclusives and two Xbox Live Arcade titles - all created by Japanese developers and due out in 2011 - at the Tokyo Game Show this morning.

The headline new game is codename D, from No More Heroes creator Suda51. Fresh from his appearance at EA's TGS conference, Suda51 described the Kinect title as a "very core action game" without guns and swords.

"You must fight for your life to survive an evil amusement park filled with twisted and eerie creatures," said Microsoft. "With codename D for Kinect for Xbox 360, you are the controller as you unleash devastating effects to destroy enemies and objects.

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