Dragon’s Dogma 2: Release Date, Trailer & Vocations

Dragon’s Dogma 2: Release Date, Trailer & Vocations

Dragon’s Dogma 2 is set to release this week, almost two years after its original (and long-awaited) announcement. Capcom’s follow-up to its 2012 action RPG Dragon’s Dogma was first confirmed during the tenth anniversary of the first game, but little real info about the title was revealed before May 2023. Since then, there’s been a whole heap of information on what players can expect through trailers and a mega showcase late last year, and it’s safe to say that hype is building steadily. 

Given the long wait between drinks for Dragon’s Dogma 2, there have been numerous technological leaps and bounds made in the gaming space. Based on both showcases and interviews with director Hideaki Itsuno, the creative force behind the original Dragon’s Dogma, we know that the overall aim of the upcoming title is to bring the world of the first title to players in a more “polished and enhanced” form that leans heavily into the immersion other RPGs have since been able to achieve.

Ahead of the game’s launch, we’ve rounded up everything we know so far to get you up to speed on what to expect when the game drops in March. Without further ado, let’s get into it.

Dragon’s Dogma 2: Leaks and News

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  • March 20, 2024: Dragon’s Dogma 2 Vocations: What Are They And How Do They Work?
    • We’ve broken down all the vocations available to the Arisen and Pawns and how they work.
  • March 20, 2024: Dragon’s Dogma 2: Here’s When You Can Play In Australia
  • March 20, 2024: Massive Dragon’s Dogma 2 Spoilers Leak Days Before Release
    • Major spoilers for just about everything in the upcoming title have appeared online following what seems to be retail copies selling early.
  • March 13, 2024: Dragon’s Dogma 2 Minimum And Recommended PC Specs Are Here
  • March 12, 2024: Dragon’s Dogma 2 Sickos Are Making Their Favourite Characters In-Game
  • March 8, 2024: Dragon’s Dogma 2 Drops Free Character Creator, Time To Make Some Mutants
    • Capcom just dropped a free character creator app on PlayStation, Xbox and PC. Monster Factory fans, it is time to make some mutants.
  • March 6, 2024: Dragon’s Dogma 2 Could Be 2024’s Breakout RPG
    • Our preview is here! Could we actually be staring down the barrel of 2024’s best RPG already?
  • March 6, 2024: Dragon’s Dogma 2 Previews Are Glowing, Hype Train Departing Full Speed
    • Previews are live ahead of the game’s impending launch, with many praising its expansive world and challenging combat.
  • February 19, 2024: A Dragon’s Dogma 2 Demo Might Be Dropping Soon
    • Keen-eyed fans think a mysterious update to the game’s Steam listing backend could mean a demo is on its way ahead of launch.
  • January 30, 2024: Here Are The Cheapest Copies Of Dragon’s Dogma 2 In Australia
    • If you’re after a cheap copy of Dragon’s Dogma 2 for PS5, Xbox or PC, here’s where you can preorder the game in Australia.
  • January 24, 2024:Dragon’s Dogma 2 Devs Say Fast Travel Use Is A Sign Of Boring Worlds
    • The team behind the upcoming RPG Dragon’s Dogma II have some hard words for studios that lean on fast travel for getting around.
  • November 29, 2023: 11 Years Later, Dragon’s Dogma 2 Finally Has A Release Date
    • Dragon’s Dogma 2 has a release date. Take a moment to really savour that sentence. We understand. You’ve waited a long time.
  • October 4, 2023: Dragon’s Dogma 2 Hands-On: We’re So Back
    • The vertical slice of Dragon’s Dogma II that Kotaku US didn’t just feel good, it WAS good. Long-suffering DD fans — we are so back.
  • June 13, 2023: Dragon’s Dogma II Director Promises More Of What Fans Love
    • During the Summer Game Fest Capcom showcase, the director went into detail on what fans can expect from the upcoming action-RPG.
  • June 17, 2022:Dragon’s Dogma 2 In Development, Being Made In RE Engine
    • In a video celebrating the 10th anniversary of Dragon’s Dogma, the developers involved announced that a sequel is currently in the works.

When is the Dragon’s Dogma 2 release date?

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Dragon’s Dogma 2 is set to release on March 22, 2024. The release date was confirmed during Capcom’s November 2023 showcase after the date was previously leaked on Steam. It’s currently available for pre-order globally for those wanting to get in on the action from day dot. A free character creator and storage app is available now on PlayStation, Xbox, and PC for those wanting to get a taste early (and maybe make some horrific mutants or celebrities).

Dragon’s Dogma 2: Platforms

If you’re wondering which platforms Dragon’s Dogma II is set to launch on, we’re happy to confirm this one isn’t exclusive to one particular console. The title is coming to PlayStation 5, PC, and Xbox Series X|S.

Dragon’s Dogma 2: Trailer

There’s been a number of Dragon’s Dogma 2 trailers and snippets from major showcases to keep fans keen while the title has been in development. We’ve seen trailers for a number of the vocations in game, deeper dives into the action, and of course a release date trailer to really seal the deal. The most recent trailer is presented by John Wick actor Ian McShane and features a full rundown on the game’s story, world, and combat mechanics for those new to the series (or just those after a refresher).

Dragon’s Dogma 2: Vocations & Gameplay

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In Dragon’s Dogma 2, the Arisen and Pawns each have a ‘vocation.’ This can be likened to a class in the same vein as many other RPGs. Vocations dictate what abilities and equipment can be used, as well as strengths and weaknesses. 

The original Dragons Dogma has nine different vocations to choose from: Fighter, Strider, Warrior, Ranger, Sorcerer, Assassin, Mage, Mystic Knight, and Magic Archer. Dragon’s Dogma II sees the return of a number of the original’s vocations, with Strider and Ranger becoming Thief and Archer. Here’s a full rundown of all the vocations coming to the game. The ones only accessible by the Arisen are marked with an asterisk.

  • Fighter
  • Archer
  • Thief
  • Mage
  • Warrior
  • Sorcerer
  • Magick Archer*
  • Mystic Spearhand*
  • Trickster*
  • Wayfarer*

The Wayfarer, in particular, is an interesting new Dragon’s Dogma 2 vocation that allows the Arisen to use every weapon and learn different skills from each other class. In a sort of jack of all trades, master of none style, the Wayfarer is given lower base stats to balance out their ability to use cross-vocational abilities and weapons in combat. A key part of mastering the Wayfarer vocation is assessing each situation and using the skills and tools that will work best in order to be equally as deadly in combat as other more specialised classes.

The game features an open world map that’s said to be four times the size of the first Dragon’s Dogma and leans into RPG elements like emergent gameplay (inspired by Grand Theft Auto V), a dynamic day-night cycle that impacts creature encounters, and destructible environments. 

Is Dragon’s Dogma 2 multiplayer?

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While the game is technically single-player, the AI-controlled Pawns (similar to companions in other games) that make up your party do lend some elements of co-op gameplay to Dragon’s Dogma 2. You’ll control your customisable Arisen and up to three different Pawns, with one customisable main Pawn to accompany you throughout your journey. The other two Pawns can be downloaded from other players through the network – through players sharing their main Pawns online – so while you won’t be able to take down massive enemies alongside your friends in the traditional sense, there is some online interactivity.

Dragon’s Dogma 2: Story

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Dragon’s Dogma 2 is a single-player, story-driven action RPG that sees players put into the shoes of the Arisen. The story is set in a “parallel world” to the first title,  between the two lands of Vermund and Batthal.  Much like the first game, the story also concerns a Dragon whom the Arisen must seek to slay alongside their Pawns to claim the throne. However, a False Arisen has the backing of the queen of Vermund, while the Beastren of Batthal has cast aside the worship of the Arisen and their Pawns completely. 

While we’ve seen little of the story beyond sneak peeks into the world and some of the characters, Dragon’s Dogma II seems set up for an epic fantasy tale with political intrigue, magic, destiny, and conflict.

Dragon’s Dogma 2: Review

Keep an eye out here and on the Kotaku Australia website for review coverage when it goes live. In the meantime, previews have dropped – you can read the preview from our friends at Kotaku US here to keep you satiated while we wait out the next few days prior to release.

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