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'Dragon's Lair 3D:Return To The Lair ' For GameCube Goes Gold

by Rainier on Nov. 19, 2002 @ 7:27 p.m. PST

Encore today announced that Dragon's Lair 3D-Return to the Lair for the Nintendo GameCube™ has gone gold. This completely new, built-from-the-ground-up version of the legendary Dragon's Lair coin-op phenomenon is scheduled to ship to store shelves by year end; the "Teen" rated game will retail for approximately $50. The PlayStation2 version,­ which will have identical content and gameplay, ­is still scheduled for release at the end of first quarter next year.

Said Encore CEO Michael Bell, "We are very excited that Dragon's Lair 3D will soon be available to fans who have been so anxious to play this game. The game's legendary characters, timeless story, impressive imagery created by Don Bluth, and its great gameplay make Dragon's Lair 3D worth the wait."

A Dragon, A Damsel and A Courageous Knight

Dragon's Lair 3D follows the basic storyline of the arcade classic: Dirk the Daring, a goofy but courageous knight, is on a mission to rescue Princess Daphne, who has been kidnapped by the evil dragon Singe and hidden in the wizard Mordroc's castle. The game stays true to the design of the1980's arcade classic, but is seven times the size of the original, and includes several new plot twists.

In this version, players have full control of Dirk, who must overcome challenges such as navigating through a cave of lava, swinging from burning ropes and unlocking hidden chambers in the castle to find Daphne. Princess Daphne also plays an integral new role in the game, acting as a guide for Dirk's journey. Singe, the Lizard King, the Giddy Goons, the Crypt Creeps and other characters familiar to players of the original arcade game have starring roles, along with over a dozen new characters created by Don Bluth that add new dimensions to the plot.

Dragon's Lair 3D features true 3D gameplay; complete control over Dirk; over a dozen new characters; 43 massive areas and more than 250 new rooms to explore; new intro and ending movies created by acclaimed animation director Don Bluth; an original music score; and much more. More information on the game is available at the game's official website

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