The sleek side-scrolling action-RPG you can see above is Capcom’s Chronicles of Mystara, an updated re-release and bundle of two of their older arcade games, Tower of Doom and Shadow over Mystara. In addition to reworking the graphics, Capcom also included a bevy of new features, including drop-in/drop-out co-op for four players, a House Rules mode which lets you customise the campaign in various ways and a Challenge system that gives you level-up points in return for completing various objectives.
Here’s the press release:
Capcom worked closely with Wizards of the Coast to bring these beloved games back for all the D&D fans on today’s consoles. Developed by Iron Galaxy, Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara brings together two arcade classics — Dungeons & Dragons: Tower of Doom and its sequel Dungeons & Dragons: Shadow over Mystara — fully updated with HD graphics and a wealth of additional features. The highly requested games had previously only been available in arcades in the west and can now be enjoyed by a wider gaming audience.
Both titles mix intense 2D side scrolling action RPG to deliver a truly deep gameplay experience for up to four players as they battle online or locally against the iconic monsters of Dungeons & Dragons with a mix of melee, range and magic attacks. Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara is powered by GGPO to offer seamless drop-in/drop-out online gameplay for up to four players in each of the title’s two modes. In addition to the classic arcade mode with its branching paths and multiple endings, players can utilise the all new House Rules feature which offers stackable game options to customise gameplay for a completely different experience. For instance, “Vampirism” awards health for every attack dealt to an enemy and “Lockpick” causes all chests to be open.
Further additions include a dynamic Challenge system that sets players in-game goals in return for character level-ups and points which can be spent in the Vault: a treasure trove of unlockables and gameplay loot. Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara also features the Character Visualizer which lets players track which characters they and their friends use most often and can help create a more balanced multiplayer dungeon party, or point out which characters are most under-used; with further gameplay stats tracked via a global leaderboard. Lastly, owners of the Wii U version will be able to use the GamePad touch screen to select spells and items with ease, allowing for a more streamlined gameplay experience.
Chronicles of Mystara is available now on Steam and for the PS3 via PlayStation Network, and is scheduled to hit XBox Live today, with a Wii U eShop release following “soon after”.