Dragon’s Dogma To See “Dark Arisen” Expansion In 2013; Free Modes This Year

By Ishaan . September 21, 2012 . 12:23am

Capcom are going to be supporting Dragon’s Dogma further with post-launch DLC, they have announced. This new DLC will be in the form of new modes and other content that will be made available in the months to come.


First off, before the end of the year, Capcom will release Speedrun and Hard modes for the game, free of charge. Speedrun will involve clearing the game as quickly as possible with in-game equipment awarded for managing specific times.


Meanwhile, Hard mode will turn up the difficulty with enemies that are tougher, but will reward players with further equipment in exchange.


Then, in 2013, Capcom will release Dragon’s Dogma Dark Arisen for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, which Capcom say is a “major expansion to the Dragon’s Dogma universe”. They add that the title is not yet concept approved by Microsoft.


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  • Mmm if i am enjoying the recent Dark Souls PC version, is this game nice also ? Is it annoyingly hard as well T.T ?

    • there’s this thought that dragon’s dogma is somewhat in the same league as dark souls, well it’s not. it’s more an action packed rpg with a bit of monster hunter :) 

      it’s a nice game but don’t expect anything like dark souls ;)

      • KingKellogg The Waffle Haggler

        Demons Souls was harder.

    • badmoogle

      No it’s nothing as hard as Dark Souls but still the combat feels great (outside of some camera problems).

      • landlock

         If he managed with Dark Souls flaky controls Dragon’s Dogma should be no problem.

        • KingKellogg The Waffle Haggler

          I wish there was a screw you button :|

          • landlock

             Hey now! I like Dark Souls but I can’t ignore the controls either. There alot better then Demons Souls were but still have there problems.

          • KingKellogg The Waffle Haggler

            Those games had some of my favorite controls out there.

          • badmoogle

            “There alot better then Demons Souls were but still have there problems.”


  • Learii

    hard mode finally

  • konsama

    Finally, i thought we’d only see those lame DLC’s we got until now, and finally a hard mode for it. The future is bright for Dragon’s Dogma.

  • If there was ever a game that needed a PC port

    • masaYT

       Agree! Imagine this game in full 60FPS, 1080HD, for now stuck playing it on console.  :(

      • You do realize the majority of games don’t run at 60FPS right? There is no reason to assume just because it’s on PC it would automatically be 60FPS.

        I think a lot of people just assume every game is 60FPS if not otherwise stated. Most games are ~30FPS and not a steady 30FPS at that. If game runs at 60FPS the PR tends to make that a bullet point for a reason.

        • idofgrahf

          The majority of the games on PC are at least 60 and many way beyond that, the majority of the games on console are 30. Get FRAPS, use it on a PC game, it will tell you exactly how many FPS you are getting, for a game that is caped at 60 that number will never rise over 60-61 for other games were there is no cap, IE World in Conflict, that number can be way beyond provided your hardware is powerful enough. Reason PC games do not advertise FPS is because different hardware will get different results so not sure where you get the idea that majority of the PC games, since we are talking about pc’s here, gets 30.

        • You do realize that latest PC hardware has much more power than current gen consoles? I don’t see any problems to run this game 60fps on PC.

  • Dragon’s Dogma the biggest disappointment of the year. I traded my PSP for this game and that was by far the dumbest gaming related decisions I’ve ever made. Unless they fix nearly everything wrong with this game aside from the core combat no expansion can save this. 

    • Rhayve

       Different people, different tastes. Sure, Dragon’s Dogma has its flaws, and it’s still very rough (though that can be partially forgiven, since it was Capcom’s first attempt at such a game), but for me, the game ranks at #2 of my Games of Year list of 2011, right behind Dark Souls. Skyrim, for all its incredible mod support/available mods, was nowhere near as fun to play.

      The game starts out pretty slow and the lack of a Skyrim-esque fast-travel system can really make some treks very time intensive, but Dragon’s Dogma is almost like the Dungeons & Dragons adventuring experience as a video game – something that I have always wanted. Plus some of the cutscenes in the game that make up the storyline are far beyond that which Skyrim offers.

      Note that I’m only comparing it to Skyrim because they’re both open-world RPGs and Skyrim was hailed as -the- game of 2011. To me, however, they are completely different games that were created with very disjunct goals in mind and therefore they should be treated as such.

      • Opinions! I thought it was a terrible game and one of the worse of the  year. No real reason for the Skyrim comparison. Also the cut-scenes in Dogma were terrible, I can’t imagine the Skyrim cutscenes being worse.

    • I would not trade my psp for any game. 

      • I wasn’t enjoying anything for the PSP aside from Yggdra Union which I already own for GBA but the PSP port is much better.

  • Draparde

    now This is the DLC i’ve been waiting for! i knew you wouldn’t dissapoint me capcom! i can’t wait to see what kind of stuff is in it, considering it’s a major expansion. 

    and hard mode will give me a reason to finally finish my 2nd playthrough!

  • XiaomuArisu

    Hell yeah!Reason enough for my Arisen to rise again!

  • Hraesvelgr

    Hopefully this so-called “major” expansion will actually be worth the money. Bethesda said the same thing with Dawnguard for Skyrim and it wasn’t worth what they charged for it.

    • MrTyrant

      Yeah I hope they improve the game and add more interesting things.

  • Göran Isacson

    Dark Arisen… maybe another campaign where you serve the dragon instead of hunting it down? Could be nice to play a “villain” campaign.

    • Yu_TheKing

      That would be pretty awesome. I’d definitely like to see more vocations, more in-depth pawn AI customization system, and either mounts or fast-travel.

  • Crimson_Cloud

    Good reason to pick the game up again. ^^

  • Either Capcom where greedy or Sony where cheap because Capcom should have released a MH over PS from some time now but never happened despite everyone made this request. When that PSP-PS3 port was shown everyone exploded but still nothing happened and Capcoms reply was “it’s too expensive to release this over PS3”. Funny thing is that the release will happen on Wii U, a device that has the same power more or less then the PS3. In the end Capcom’s reply to MH community and many others was Dragons Dogma. A decent game but affected by some pretty poor development choices. Open World is an overrated “phrase” they should have gone with “mini” instances and therefor gfx optimization, environmental variation and ofc enemy variation would have been possible and easy to handle/tweak/optimize. Open World brings tons of bugs and from my point of view it’s pretty much limited in terms of environmental variations. Apart from this you can see that everything has been rushed, unbalanced classes, great focus on Hybrid classes and in the end skill builds are pretty much non-existent and my greatest disappointing was the lack of item customization. The only thing they manage to add is a medieval enchant system that has a great impact on the game. There is no point into gathering materials, items or hunt monsters because you can get the best from shops. And then again I was expecting more from Capcom as a Japanese developer, those classes/monsters/world was kinda boring and basic. The reason why I enjoy Japanese RPG’s over Western ones is because they used to do crazy, bad ass, unimaginable stuff but now that spark is pretty much gone. As an ending to my story lol Capcom should release a proper Expansion Pack to fix/add/tweak what it needs to be done and not some lame DLC that has no value.

    Best regards,

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