This Isn't Your Father's Panzer Dragoon

Project Draco is the latest title from the designer behind Panzer Dragoon.

The game is a sci-fi yarn in which humans colonized an unnamed planet inhabited by dragons. The humans are able to befriend the dragons and control them. Enter Project Draco.

The game is a Kinect rail shooter, but promises 180 degrees of freedom. You can control an array of dragons. Lean forward to go forward, and tilt your body left and right to go left and right.

The screen is filled with enemy monsters that players shoot down with their dragon.

Your right hand controls your main weapon, which varies from dragon to dragon. The game's developer, Yukio Futatsugi of Panzer Dragoon fame, wouldn't give an exact number of in-game dragons, but did offer that it would be more than five.

Your left hand fires your secondary weapon. Using both hands fires an "action skill" move that will, for example, be a shoot'em up style bomb. The controls are straight from Child of Eden, something the developers said that they did on purpose. What's the point of changing good Kinect controls that work?

There are over 150 secondary and action skills.

The game does have an arcade game meets role-playing-game feel, with players trying to score as many points as possible. Scoring more points gives players more rare items that they can feed their dragons and level them up. The dragons can be customised, too.

The game's multiplayer supports up to three players.

I didn't get to play Project Draco — this was strictly eyes-on. The controls seemed to work, and it didn't seem to offer a stressful Kinect experience, and the developers were smart enough to use Child of Eden controls.

One of the most telling things that provided insight in to what players can expect with Project Draco was that the game's under right corner has a meter that shows players how close they are to the end of the stage.

"Because playing Kinect can make you tired," said Futatsugi.

This isn't Panzer Dragoon, but Project Draco, and it looks great. Project Draco is due out next year.

Top photo: Brian Ashcraft/Kotaku


    Could be interesting. Hopefully it lets you use the traditional controller as well, like Child of Eden.

    Kinect? NOOOOOOOOO!

    *Pulls Saturn out of the closet and plays Panzer Dragoon Zwei*

      Pffft! Forget that! Play Panzer Dragoon Saga.

      And yes, I actually do have a copy of it.

    New Panzer Dragoon! Holy awesome!

    Oh. Kinect only.

    The whole REASON Kinect didn't piss me off was that it was only an optional accessory. Don't like motion controls, don't buy it.

    SO STOP MAKING GAMES YOU NEED IT TO $&#@ING PLAY. Is it seriously that goddamn hard to bind the above-mentioned EXTREMELY BASIC CONTROLS to a freaking controller? I mean, moving up and down, left and right, and three different attacks? HOW WILL YOU POSSIBLY FIT ALL THAT ONTO TEN BUTTONS AND TWO ANALOG STICKS?!

    ffs. What asshole company is behind this?

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