Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen details announced
Since its release last May, hack-and-slash action-RPG Dragon’s Dogma has proved a large success – on a scale which perhaps even caught publisher Capcom by surprise. While there have been regular DLC additions to the game so far, Capcom have decided to go for something big, today announcing the details of a full expansion for the game – Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen.
And the expansion needs to be big – the price point will likely be a test of how much players enjoyed the original game, with the cost planned at $40/£20 [prices announced are for digital download on PlayStation Network]. For the money you get a whole new area of the game world to explore, being able to continue with your existing character(s) and learn a third tier of skills, new augments to use, as well as acquiring new loot including armour sets for higher levels.
However the expansion seeks partly to justify it’s higher-than-usual price by also including the content of the original game, which may leave a bitter taste in the mouths of prior-owning players who feel they’re essentially paying twice; in the hope of re-sweetening these palates, owners of the original who also buy the expansion will receive 100,000 Rift coins, unlimited Ferrystones, and six new costumes in a DLC called the “Gransys Armour Pack”.
However, only time can tell if this feels like a fair exchange for the cost of the original release. On the other hand, for players who missed the original – and well-received – release, the double-bundle at less than the cost of most new titles sounds like a bargain.
Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen is planned for release on April 23rd in North America, and April 26th in the rest of the world. It will be available on disc for both Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, and as a digital download on the PlayStation Network – a digital download for the 360 is planned “in the Summer”.