Dragonstone Software and CGE Services Corp. have announced that next month’s Classic Gaming Expo 2001 will serve as the debut showcase for Dragonstone’s Dragon’s Lair 3-D.
Dragon’s Lair 3-D is based on the 1983 arcade game release Dragon’s Lair. Dragon’s Lair made its mark as the first commercially successful arcade game to feature laserdisc gameplay instead of computer animation. Computer technology has come a long way in the intervening years, and Dragon’s Lair 3-D makes use of the latest advances in 3D technology while remaining true to the game’s original cel-based animation, created by renowned motion picture animator Don Bluth.
In Dragon’s Lair 3-D, players once again assume the role of Dirk the Daring, the brave knight who goes on a quest to save hapless Princess Daphne from a terrible dragon.
Dragon’s Lair creator Rick Dyer explained that the game was absent from this year’s E3 Expo — a huge showcase for computer and video game console entertainment which happens annually in Los Angeles, Calif.
“By debuting our product exclusively at Classic Gaming Expo, we have the best of both worlds. In addition to previewing the game to the media, we can also present it to our potential customers,” said Dyer.
“With our current 3-D technology, we can give the player complete control over Dirk, with the ability to fully explore the castle in his quest to rescue the princess,” said Dyer.
Dyer will be on hand at the Classic Gaming Expo along with collaborator John Pomeroy. Pomeroy is a Disney veteran with credits that include this year’s motion picture release “Atlantis: The Lost Empire.” The two have created a video presentation documenting cutting-room floor scenes from the original game, behind the scenes footage of Dragon’s Lair 3-D, and more. Autographed animation cels from Atlantis and the upcoming film, Treasure Planet, will also be given away during the show.