E3 2011: Dragon's Dogma breaking out early 2012

Capcom announces updated release window for open-world action combat game; title to ship early next year.

LOS ANGELES--Capcom's library of IP will grow early next year when Dragon's Dogma arrives for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

Today the Japanese game publisher narrowed the release window for Dragon's Dogma--which it expects to sell 1.5 million copies--from a vague 2012 date, to "early 2012." Unfortunately, that's the only new detail announced for the open-world action game. However, the publisher did show off a new gameplay trailer for Dragon's Dogma, which is embedded below.

Dragon's Dogma is now scheduled to arrive early next year.

Dragon's Dogma will see players fight a whole assortment of mythological creatures, including goblins, griffins, and hydras. Players will lead a party of three fighters and will control their primary character while their companions engage in independent action.

As for gameplay, Capcom said that it would be combat-focused, with an emphasis on a player's reactions to a foe's attacks. Also important will be the characteristics of items, with weight and material playing a crucial role. The game will be based on Capcom's MT Framework and sport lighting effects and graphics similar to those seen in Lost Planet 2 and Resident Evil 5.

For more on the title, check out GameSpot's hands-on preview with Dragon's Dogma.

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rasputin177
rasputin177

This looks great it will be fun to have a great action game set in dark fantasy. Only think I am more excited about is Skyrim and D3.

DanGleeSack
DanGleeSack

this is pretty much monster hunter just looks more story/script driven.

riariases
riariases

This is exactly what I wanted out of Dragon Age... instead we all got a crappy tactical game. Dragon Age II was real time but it still sucked.

KaiserKasey
KaiserKasey

I'm extremely excited about this game...though I'm worried they are going to muck something up. It does look like a mix between Monster Hunter and Demon's Souls...

Sporkgasm
Sporkgasm

Am I the only one who sees this as Capcom trying to make something similar to Demon's Souls? Not that I mind, I'd love to play more games like that if they're well-made.

MrMisanthrope
MrMisanthrope

Looks really, really solid, and people seem to be taking notice. Barring any crippling flaws we can't see from here, I don't think Capcom is going to have any trouble hitting that 1.5 million number across both systems.

Blaiyan
Blaiyan

This game looks so good. I want to play it.

Mawy_Golomb
Mawy_Golomb

If I remember correctly, this game will be co-op enabled, which is nice. As is the fact that every boss can be defeated in various ways. However, it still gets me worried after seeing how incredible Skyrim's dragons will be. Makes it hard to say whether or not Dragon's Dogma will be anywhere near as good. Though, I still want to see more open-world RPGs/action RPGs, so that it will force each game developer of such games to work that much harder to innovate and polish its titles.

DesertLynx83
DesertLynx83

Very nice...gonna be a busy fall and winter!

mwmars
mwmars

game looks fun... I like the art style