Carl Williams writes, "When you have someone on staff like Yu Suzuki you have to let them spread their wings and fly. With Sword of Vermillion that is exactly what Sega did- this was Yu Suzuki’s first console exclusive title, sadly it was not exactly a sales record setting release. Sword of Vermillion was a few game engines smashed together and for many fans that was its downfall. While magazines of the time had mostly positive things to say about various parts, the detractors hurt quite a bit. Still, if you were wanting an action role playing game on the Sega Genesis Sword of Vermillion was your only choice in 1991."