Today's game industry is dominated by 3D graphics, and it has become very rare to encounter commercial games that use 2D sprites. Vanillaware is one very notable studio that still uses two-dimensional artwork. The illustrations in Vanillaware games are absolutely breathtaking; the visuals have often been described as moving paintings. Although Vanillaware has only produced a handful of games, those who are familiar with the developer's titles certainly have good things to say about them.
Vanillaware is not as famous as other, more conventional video game studios, but one of its productions is relatively well-known. Odin Sphere, released for the PlayStation 2 in 2007, is a fantasy action RPG. One of the most celebrated protagonists of Odin Sphere is Velvet Valentine, an exceptionally beautiful character. Vanillaware proved its ability to produce extraordinarily gorgeous females with Muramasa, a Wii game featuring several women with jaw-dropping bodies.
Vanillaware clearly has a mastery of creating appealing women, and has continued that trend with Dragon's Crown, its newest title. Dragon's Crown is a 2D side-scrolling action RPG announced the week of E3 2011 that will be released for the PS3 and Vita in spring 2012. The ESRB rating has not yet been determined, but one particular character could easily push that rating to M with her body alone.
She has no name, being a class rather than a character, and is referred to only as the Sorceress. According to the official website, the sorceresses are "Bewitching women with knowledge of dark magic. They are weak of body, but the great knowledge they wield of the evil arts cannot be ignored."
Profession aside, the most noteworthy aspect of the Sorceress is her highly exaggerated sex appeal. Her voluptuous body is extreme even by video game standards; each of her enormous breasts is larger than her head and almost fully exposed. Her slender waist and large hips give her an extraordinary hourglass figure, and her outfit exposes her long and shapely legs.
The eye-catching design of the Sorceress sent the Internet into a fervor that has yet to die down. While some gamers are quick to use this woman as an example of the rampant sexism and unrealistic depiction of women that is typical of video games, enthusiasts of the female form celebrate Vanillaware's new character and wait eagerly for the release date.
Within a few days of the game's big reveal, the Internet erupted with an outpouring of erotic fan-made illustrations of the Sorceress; never before has so much artwork been born from a character whose game was still months away from release.
The most remarkable of these fan-made illustrations can be viewed below.