Three days ago, Capcom unveiled a trailer for the PC port of its dark fantasy Action-RPG, Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen, which was announced earlier this year on September 8th. Dark Arisen, which was originally released in 2013 for Xbox 360 and PS3 platforms, is an updated edition of Dragon’s Dogma, itself released in 2012 for those same two platforms. The update contained all of the first game’s original content and added new questlines, new items, new spells and skills, and most importantly, new mythical monsters to take down in a fashion similar to Capcom’s wildly popular Monster Hunter series (though Dragon’s Dogma only offers a single player mode, unlike Monster Hunter).
Dragon’s Dogma, which is often compared alongside From Software’s dark fantasy hack-and-slash Dark Souls, can be challenging and unforgiving in its own right. Capcom UK released a trailer with several tips for new players in preparation for the PC launch:
Back when Dragon’s Dogma was first released, fans who had wished to play the series on PC were disappointed to hear that director Hiroyuki Kobayashi had no plans to port the game to PC. Kobayashi cited the game’s “pawn system,” which allows players to create NPCs that assist the player in combat, as his main reason for not pursuing a PC port. In addition to fighting alongside the player, pawns be ‘borrowed’ and ‘lent out’ from and to other players online. Exactly how the pawn system would have made a PC port difficult, and how the newly-announced port addresses this issue, has not been stated.
To many fans’ delight, Dark Arisen’s PC port will feature “increased fidelity” with regards to graphics, and the game seems to run at a smooth 60 frames per second. The game’s framerate was often cited as one of the original game’s major weakenesses, which would often run at low speeds and would begin to chop up when players casted major spells like tornadoes and firestorms. Dark Arisen will also feature full Steam support, and will also support both Xbox 360 and Xbox One controllers.
Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen will be available on Steam and on-disc for $29.99 on January 15, 2016.