After announcing it back in September at TGS, Capcom is finally ready to say a bit more about Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen. Set to arrive as both a disc and a download, DD:DA will release on April 23 in North America and April 26 in Europe.
The disc, set to retail for $39.99 (for both downloadable and physical copies), will include all the content from the original content from the game, along with a new island to explore, new enemies, equipment, and more. It was a mystery until now whether Dark Arisen would be downloadable content or a separate release of the game and what kind of price tag Capcom would be putting on the release.
Capcom’s press release promises new skills, new equipment, new character customization options, new leveling options, and the option to select the Japanese voiceover if you’re tired of hearing your character wonder whether you might find “aught of use” in Gransys.
As a big fan of Dragon’s Dogma (I named it one of my top games of 2012), I’m simultaneously happy to see more information about the expansion and sad that my original disc is essentially worthless at this point. Capcom has put out a few compromises for fans, though, lessening the blow:
“…owners of the original Dragon’s Dogma will receive 100,000 Rift Crystals, unlimited Ferrystones and the Gransys Armour Pack consisting of six brand new costumes for free, upon purchasing Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen.”
People who complained about the strange fast-travel system and clunky menus in the original release will also be pleased to hear that improvements to both travel and menus will come with Dark Arisen and will automatically applied to preexisting save data.
Some questions remain unanswered: How big is the new island, Blackbitter Isle, compared to Gransys? Is it primarily underground, and is it available to new players from the start? Is there story content or does it focus primarily on monsters? We’ve contacted Capcom for answers and will let you know what we find out.
Along with Deadly Premonition: Director’s Cut, this makes two re-releases in Spring 2013 that I’m incredibly excited about. It’s gonna be a busy year.