Capcom has announced that the first expansion/pseudo-sequel to last year’s modest hit, Dragon’s Dogma, is titled Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen and will be released April 23 in North America and April 26 across Europe. In addition, new DLC modes are in the works and due by year’s end.
Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen will delivers a huge new area to explore, new missions, enemies and armor sets/weapons. Players will be able to import their previous Arisen and transport them to the cursed Bitterblack Isle, where there will explore an underground world filled with over 25 new creatures and tons of new treasure!
There are also new high-level skills and augments to accompany the new armor sets and weapons. There are over 100 pieces of new equipment and 14 new character/pawn augments. Players can also advance to level 3 skill sets, which give characters devastating new abilities and skills to master.
Gamers who have played the original Dragon’s Dogma will receive 100,000 rift crystals, unlimited ferrystones, and a special Gransys armor pack, which includes six brand new costumes. For players new to the Dragon’s Dogma world, the entire first game is available as part of the Dark Arisen expansion, giving everyone a chance to experience the story from the very beginning. Capcom has also implemented a new, more intuitive menu system and improvements for easier travel. These new enhancements will retrofit with original Dragon’s Dogma save files.
Lastly, Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen also features increased character customization, item appraisals, and the option to select the original Japanese voice overs.
Due sometime later in 2013 and costing you nothing will be “Speedrun” and “Hard” modes available as DLC. These new modes are as their titles suggest; Speedrun will reward players with in-game equipment for completing areas within time restrictions, while “Hard” ramps up the enemy difficulty and also offers extra equipment as a reward for completion.
Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen will be available in both physical disc for the Xbox 360 and PS3, and as a digital download on the Playstation Network, and will retail for $39.99. Watch the reveal trailer and check out the box art and first screenshots below.