Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen gets April release date

Budget expansion to last year's RPG includes original and will be sold physically and digitally.

Dragon's Dogma expansion Dark Arisen will be released on April 23 in North America and April 26 in Europe, Capcom has announced.

The budget-priced Dark Arisen will retail for €29.99/£19.99/$39.99 and include the main game and additional content. It will be offered in both physical and digital versions, but the latter will only be available on the PlayStation 3 at launch. An Xbox 360 Games on Demand version of Dark Arisen will be made available in the summer, reports Capcom.

Dark Arisen is the promised 'major expansion' for Dragon's Dogma which Capcom announced last year, offering a new environment with over 25 additional enemies, 100 bits of equipment including high-level weapons and armour, augments and increased customisation options. Players will also be able to select the original Japanese audio.

Dark Arisen will also include improvements to the general gameplay experience, such as easier travel and a refined menu, and will allow players to bring across their pre-existing Dragon's Dogma save.

Anyone who already owns Dragon's Dogma will receive 100,000 Rift Crystals, unlimited Ferrystones, and the Gransys Armour Pack which features six new costumes.

Capcom has already said it is "favourably considering" a full-blown sequel to Dragon's Dogma.

For more information on last year's Dragon's Dogma, check out GameSpot's 8.0 review.

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MonsterJed
MonsterJed

This game was horribly packaged and misleading.

For starters, the xbox 360 version has massive issues with screen tearing.  The PS3 version has an option to enable v-sync to remedy this.

The "bonus" disk 2 HD Textures is misleading.  It is the same textures from the original Dragon's Dogma that simply wouldn't fit onto Disk 1.  Without them enabled running around town you will see tabbard and details that are huge blurry block shapes.  Remember the days of when .gif and .jpg were progressive loading with blurry before?  Thats this.  Otherwise there is no enhanced graphics.

Summer is slated when the digital release will come out.  Hopefully they fix the v-sync problem.  It's too distracting and unplayable.

Setho10
Setho10

Remember when games had expansion packs that were $30 or so? And everyone said they loved them and were so upset when they had to buy DLC in pieces instead of getting one big expansion? Yea this is that one big expansion for $30 (+ $10) that everyone spent the last five years wanting. Guess what? Now that it is here everyone wants it to be cheap split up DLC again. I swear gamers will never be happy. Like Capcom could have given this away for free and people would still find something to complain about. Entitled brats. You are getting what you asked for! Major additional content that wasn't included on the disc. Like seriously. Stop complaining.

AnewAwareness
AnewAwareness

To all those complaining about the 40$ price for DLC. The original game was not coded for major expansion.  Therefore the game had to be re-released with the added content. Content rumored to be intended for the original game but was not developed due to looming release dates. Opening the master game files and recoding the game in order to add on  costs money. Downloading that extra content alone for 20 bones is worth it you must admit. The fact that you all are complaining proves it. So pay the 40$ or wait till the price drops. But encourage Capcom to make more great games like this one. I bought the original for 60$. I will buy this one and I will be looking forward to a sequel.

wickdawg01
wickdawg01

YES! the ONLY thing i did not like about DD was the constant walking between cities. easier travel and i will for sure buy this.

Devils-DIVISION
Devils-DIVISION

Oh I'm so stoked for this! Dragon's Dogma was easily my game of the year last year.

Parelinor
Parelinor

"Favorably considering" a full blown sequel...

How about "Favorably considering" 4 player co-op for the next one. Thats the only thing this game was missing as far as the gameplay goes. Fingers crossed.

Helloween_Fan
Helloween_Fan


If I'm reading this right it comes with the original game also? Then I should just sell my original copy and get this?

JimmeyBurrows
JimmeyBurrows

Here's to hoping for a sidestep or roll for the sword in those augments... On the other hand £20 for dlc? Includes the original game, but what about those who already bought the game and might be interested in an expansion? They gonna need to do something there, 'cos it sounds like bollocks.

Clynol
Clynol

Great news such an awesome game, but I think I will hold out for Dragons Dogma 2.

CloudYildiz
CloudYildiz

Thank god they included easier travelling.

Backtracking felt hard like a chore tbh.

aovannor
aovannor

I havn't even had the chance to play the original properly yet! Too many games these days...

MuddVader
MuddVader

Dragon's Dogma was one of the few Capcom games that genuinely looked really good. Still want to play it.

tightwad34
tightwad34

This is a good game for sure, and anyone who is an RPG or an action game lover should definitely play it. My biggest gripe with it is it wasn't very polished, at all. The movement wasn't fluid at all and it could have had much better sound(effects). If they at least polish it, which is normally what they do for the sequel then I will pick up the sequel.

PacoTaco
PacoTaco

Always good to see a new IP getting some push from the publisher.

jamers
jamers

Frankly, this is an insult to those of us who bought the game already.

I'm a big fan of Dragon's Dogma, and this is a shameful move on Capcom's part. They're forcing us to pony up for an extra copy of the game just to get access to the DLC? Oh, but don't worry, folks: they're handing over a bunch of digital in-game stuff that costs them nothing and is tantamount to cheating for those of us who want a challenge. The inclusion of a set of strong armor and infinite Ferrystones is about the same as slapping a Game Genie on this b1tch and going to town---except these cheats cost you an extra $20.

Thanks for another big "eff you" to your fans, Capcom. My fondness for Megaman and Street Fighter II really aren't keeping you afloat in my good graces any longer.

BuBsay
BuBsay

I never bought Dragon's Dogma, but I'm a huge RPG fan and have been looking for a new one.


Is it more of a Dark Souls/Witcher 2 type RPG? Or more in line with Neverwinter Nights 2/ Dragon Age: Origins? (For the record I love both, just can't decide which I'm more in the mood for right now).

grove12345
grove12345

Not the greatest add on for one of the greatest RPGs.

The new stuff is mostly in the form of a arena. One locked off area with descending levels. No new exploring really, i dont think the continent opened up at all.

Shame they added quick travel.

Wait for a review if you want the DLC. If you never got the game....get this for sure.

KeeseKiller7
KeeseKiller7

Daaaamn Capcom. When you wanna cheat people out of money with DLC you get it done QUICK!

blueboxdoctor
blueboxdoctor

Well then, I guess I'll be waiting for one of those 100% trade in bonus weeks at Best Buy to trade in the original game.  Then at least I'll just have to pay $20 for the DLC.

Actually, Capcom, you suck.  I have tried to defend them, and even used DD as a defense to show they still make quality products.  But this, come on, $40 DLC, frak that.  It's not like people don't want the DLC, but how many will want to pay $40 for DLC?  Yes, it may be expansion pack size, but it is not a new game.  I can only hope for a quick price drop (a lot of games last year went from $60 to $40 in no time, such as NFS:MW and Hitman) in order to get this, as I don't think I should have to do a trade in work around to justify buying this.

MajahretDiviera
MajahretDiviera

This is how Capcom is yet again trying to screw over its consumers. and if you already bought the game, well now you will have 2 copies of it, and you get a very lack luster amount of items for already having paid 60 for DD when it launched. They have tried to rationalize that the extra side stuff you get is well worth 20 plus 20 for the actual expansion, which to me, given how much of a rip off the dlc has been for the game, and well Capcom DLC in general, it is not a good value in the least. I was really looking forward to this content from when they first announced it, but now im not going to bother in the least with it.  They also said, that the original DD game didnt have any "hooks" for them to just do an expansion (which im calling BS on that) so that this was their only option. This was their only option on how to scavenge even more dollars out of their consumers, which is just really sad.

flammable_zeus
flammable_zeus

Also, "easier travel" better not be a click-to-teleport system. They always ruin games for me.

flammable_zeus
flammable_zeus

I just wish they'd "favourably consider" porting the game to PC. This game would really suit it. There's no way they're selling the numbers they should be when they limit games like this to consoles.

svaubel
svaubel

Can i buy the expansion standalone or do i have to buy the bundle?


MadamMim
MadamMim

How do we know there isn't going to be another edition?

The_Last_Paladi
The_Last_Paladi

Yep, my strategy of waiting for big games to drop down in prices and expansion to be added to them seems to be working (at least for this game!).  Will definitely pick it up when it comes out.

debryson
debryson

I just bought DD earlier this week and already opened it :( worst timing ever.

leo316r
leo316r

love the game (130hrs play time), but will probably past on this one and wait for the white or pink arisen edition

WolfBladeKK
WolfBladeKK

Sounds good to me. I loved the game.

X_oddgod_X
X_oddgod_X

@Helloween_Fan That is also my concern. I hope they release this alone on disc. I don't want to occupy over 4GB of my HDD with an expansion.

mestguy321
mestguy321

@Helloween_Fan I was wondering the same thing. 

"Anyone who already owns Dragon's Dogma will receive 100,000 Rift Crystals, unlimited Ferrystones, and the Gransys Armour Pack which features six new costumes."

Does this mean that we only need the existing save?

tightwad34
tightwad34

@BuBsay It is absolutely nothing like Dark Souls. If you are a huge RPG fan, then yes pick it up. Just don't expect very polished gameplay. Then again I guess you can't expect that for a brand new IP.

00J
00J

@BuBsay I think i might buy it. The NPC's seem deeper than in most games, i like the fact that they talk and seem to be autonomous.

Kentation
Kentation

@BuBsay Never played Dark Souls or Witcher 2 but from the gameplay videos I watched you could say Dragon's Dogma is a combination of them all but feels different to them.

SavageEvil
SavageEvil

@MajahretDiviera Reading is fundamental, this is DLC. It's also shipping as physical media for people who like to have their physical media and those who might purchase this all for $39.  No one forced you to buy the DLC, I haven't bought a damn piece of DLC for this game and I still enjoy it, I will get the Dark Arisen DLC. No idea what you are crying out the DLC on disc with the main game will retail for $39. Now if your brain works as well as mine, if the DLC costs more than half the hard copy, then the hard copy will be bought. I don't see that DLC being more than $15 or the usual $14.99 probably be less like $9.99.

Have you played the game, exactly what could they tell from the standpoint of the story that would make sense in an expansion pack? You would have to pretty much void your main character if you wanted to follow someone else story wouldn't you, that would mean you would have to build a bigger world to prevent retreading of the same locales. This looks like something that was probably cut from the main game because of time constraints, completed and enhanced and added to. Heck looks like a lot of things might have been cut, anyone really get miffed you so to the Shadowfort and can't get beyond that damnable gate? One can only guess how much might have been left on the cutting room floor when this game went gold. DLC are only worth what you are willing to pay for it and if you feel you got your money's worth. I don't buy much in the way of DLC since I only like to play the main game and enjoy that, but this is one game that I found refreshing out of all the damn sequels and rehashes in 2012.

SavageEvil
SavageEvil

@flammable_zeus Console sales dwarf PC's hence why Capcom won't send this game to PC. Seriously, have you checked the stats on the most popular Cross platform game sales? Both consoles handily outstrip PC game sales no questions asked, it's all about the money and possibly the direction the company wants a game to take. This game sold over a 1 million worldwide so I doubt Capcom would toss it on PC at any rate. It's rare for a PC title that is available on console to beat the console versions in sales unless that game is well crappy. Perhaps in time when this game gets to be much larger and more like those deep and meaty PC RPG's it might show up, for now I doubt it.

MajahretDiviera
MajahretDiviera

@svaubel basically you are stuck with getting it as it is, meaning you get the full game plus the extra content for 40. no other way to just get the extra content only.

krimsynn
krimsynn

@debryson Dont be. You will get the 100,000 rift crystals since you own it, and in that large a sum, they are hard to come by. 

jamers
jamers

@SavageEvil @MajahretDiviera SavageEvil, you're not paying attention.

What's he's complaining about isn't that they're packaging the original game with the DLC for $40 (DD has been out for a while, and publishers do this all the time to squeeze a bit of extra coin out of their games with "Game of the Year Editions" or "Ultimate Editions" or whatever), the complaint is that they're not giving those of us who ALREADY OWN the game to buy the DLC separately.

Those of us who bought it forked over $60 to them already. Then they release a DLC, which typically go for $10-20. Fine. $70-80 down. But to force us to fork over another $40 to double down on our purchase of the main game is just outright miserly.

Some Palpatine-faced evil jagalope is diving into his Scrooge McDuck vault of gold coins laughing maniacally at all of this, and we the fans are the ones getting rooster-tailed with duck-$hit.

Sorry to paint a picture, I just love me some Duck Tales. (Awoo-oo.)

MajahretDiviera
MajahretDiviera

@SavageEvil@MajahretDivieraFor starters, I don't know why you feel the need to try and belittle me or my reading ability, especially when I am not attacking anyone in particular and just making a point. Also, not sure if you read the article or not, but it clearly states that you can either purchase it for 40 digitally through PSN/XBL or buy the physical copy for 40. So I really don't have a clue where you came out with 14.99 and so on for the DLC, since it will not be a separate DLC for just the new stuff, it is all in one pack, with the full game and the extra stuff on its own. Which is where I have my issues with this extra content. So I guess my brain is working better than yours since I read the article properly unlike you. So if you want to play the new content, then you will have to pay 40 for the whole game again, plus the extra stuff, even if you already have the game. That is why they have all the extra stuff that you get as "compensation" for already owning the game.

Also, I didn't buy any DLC, but that doesnt meant that I don't know how much they charged for it. Knowing what they are charging for the DLC or any content, is just being a smart consumer.

As for you comment, as to why I said it was an expansion pack, that is because I read the first sentence in the article which states that "Dragon's Dogma expansion Dark Arisen will be released on April 23 in North America and April 26 in Europe, Capcom has announced. " so again, I think you are the one with the reading problem and not me.

Lastly, while you may be correct that this content could have been left out due to money or time constraints to just to polish it some more, it still fits with the shadiness that I was talking about Capcom, since in another article Capcom’s Senior Vice-President, Christian Svensson, said this "The original game was just not designed to be expanded (no hooks in the original code) and so a full-game delivery mechanism was the only option." if you care to actual READ the article here it is (http://www.siliconera.com/2013/01/23/why-dragons-dogma-dark-arisen-is-a-40-retail-game/) So again, going with that idea that they did leave things out, that would like i said before, be even more shady since they didn't leave the coding of the game to be open to receive bigger updates.  While ideally I would like to think that, that is not the case and in an ideal world, that wouldn't happen, but judging from Capcom's track record, I wouldn't doubt they would short end us yet again.

In closing, next time you want to be pretentious make sure that you are able to back up what you say properly instead of just leaving your self open due to your own inadequacies on the topic, all the while making yourself look like and idiot in the process.

svaubel
svaubel

@MajahretDiviera @svaubel Love it how companies have you buying the game twice just they can charge more. Whats so wrong about selling it standalone for 20$?

jamers
jamers

@krimsynn @debryson
But who wants to trade a bunch of real money for some weird fake currency? I played the $#&* out of this game and leveled to somewhere in the 50s or 60s----I never spent ONE rift crystal.

They're totally superfluous, unless you want to make the game ridiculously easy for yourself (which, incidentally, is exactly and solely what this package does for those of us who bought the game already).