Dragon's Dogma's Dark Arisen Brings The Changes You Wanted In April

Capcom announced a substantial expansion to their sprawling action RPG last September, but left fans wanting as to what exactly was coming with the Dark Arisen add-on. Today, we finally get a look at what's coming to Dragon's Dogma's fantasy universe. Two trailers debuted today, with a bigger glimpse at enemies and environments coming via the longer Japanese teaser below.

Dark Arisen will be available both digitally and on disc and it introduces a new subterranean area with new enemies. From the press release:

• A massive new underground realm to explore featuring over 25 terrifying new enemies

  • More skills/equipment/augments:
  • Level 3 Skills
  • DD: DA provides each character class with a new tier of skills, giving players new devastating abilities and skills to master
  • Over 100 pieces of new equipment
  • All new high level weapons and armour sets for players venturing into the underground caverns
  • 14 new character/Pawn augments
  • New tiers of equipment enhancement

And there's more:

  • Increased character customisation options
  • Item appraisal
  • Option to select Japanese voice over

Capcom also notes that some of the changes coming with Dark Arisen will be based off of feedback from fans:

Players will be able to take their characters to new heights with brand new high-level skills and augments as well as all new weapons and armour sets. Furthermore, owners of the original Dragon's Dogmawill 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.

For those that missed Dragon's Dogma the first time around, Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen provides the opportunity to start their journey from the very beginning before tackling the all-new content.

Based on player feedback, Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen will make theDragon's Dogma gameplay experience even more satisfying with improvements such as easier travel and a more intuitive menu system. For those who already own Dragon's Dogma and then purchase Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen, these improvements will be automatically retrofitted to their original game save data.

Dark Arisen will come out for PS3 and Xbox 360 in late April.


    Wow, this is a surprise. I still need to play the original game when I bought it 10 months ago too.

    Also, will there be a patch to remove the intro song?

    As someone who is kind of iffy on RPGs... some I love... some I find tedious... Can anyone really sell me on this? I mean, there were a lot of RPGs last year I didn't end up checking out, how does this compare to, say, the Witcher 2 (which I also didn't play)?

      Play. Both.

      Well, let me elaborate. DD definitely gets some things right! E.g. real time combat, large critters you can climb, awesome spell effects and the awesomeness of taking down a hulking monster!

      Then there's... Night travel is just too danged dangerous at low levels. The day/night cycle is too fast. No real extended endgame content after beating ye mighty dragon. And new game plus isn't any harder.

      The Witcher is beautiful and the combat system and enemy ai on normal is challenging and really involving. Great adult storyline.

      But it is too short imo.

      Since you've already got them, you've got nothing to lose by playing them. I reckon you'd get hooked.

        Oh I don't already have them. But I'll pick them up cheap at some point, just adding them to my "to buy" list really.

          I actually just started it today. Its fairly epic. The pawn system is genius, and if htey make a second one, with personalitys and the ability to react to how they are treated in other peoples worlds it will be amazing.
          The combats fairly interesting, and the battles are huge. Its everything I wanted out of a new Dragons Age.
          Also I found it for about 25 bucks on ozgameshop... so yeah.

          I picked up Witcher 2 for $7.50 on Steam... I got DD when it came out but it's definitely worth $25 as magus44 said.

    But when is it coming to PC so I can actually play it? :(

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