Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen release date, details

"Massive" new area, over 25 new enemies, and more.

January 23, 2013 / 08:27 AM EDT / (@salromano)

Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen will launch for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on April 23 in North America, April 26 in Europe, and April 25 in Japan, Capcom has announced. The game will be available as both a physical disc and full game digital download.

In North America, the game will cost $39.99. In Europe, the digital version will cost €29.99 / £19.99 (there is a retail version, too, but a price wasn’t announced), though while it will be available day one on PlayStation Network, it won’t be available on Xbox LIVE until summer. In Japan, it will cost 4,990 yen.

Dark Arisen promises to deliver “a huge brand new area, missions, enemies, and more,” plus all of the content from the original game. The new area, Bitterblack Isle, is just off the Gransys mainland. Gamers will be able to import their existing Dragon’s Dogma characters and other saved data into Dark Arisen, learn new “high-level skills and augments,” and gain new weapons and armor sets.

Owners of the original Dragon’s Dogma will receive 100,000 Rift Crystals, unlimited Ferrystones, and the Granys Armor Pack, which includes six brand new costumes, free of charge upon purchasing Dark Arisen.

If you didn’t play the original game, it’s included within Dark Arisen, so you’ll have the opportunity to play it.

A number of improvements will also be added to Dark Arisen, such as easier travel and a “more intuitive menu system.” Owners of the original Dragon’s Dogma who purchase Dark Arisen will have these improvements retrofitted to their original save data.

Here’s the final rundown of what’s included with Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen:

  • 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 armor sets for players venturing into the underground caverns
    • 14 new character/Pawn augments
    • New tiers of equipment enhancement
  • And there’s more:
    • Increased character customization options
    • Item appraisal
    • Option to select Japanese voice over

View a new set of screenshots at the gallery. Watch the first trailer below.

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  • KingKellogg The Waffle Haggler

    Still my favorite game of last year.

  • http://www.facebook.com/JaeWhy SasuleUchiha

    I’m currently playing this game.
    Really impressive. One thing I want from sequel, the ability to transform into dragon like Breath of Fire, it’ll be amazing. Hopefully for next gen!

    • KingKellogg The Waffle Haggler

      Nooo XD
      I dont want transformations for this series

  • http://profiles.google.com/dnlblue Daniel blue

    So there’s no option for owners of the original version to download only the expansion set? I’d rather not buy the same game twice, at premium price no less.

  • Aldridge517

    BUYING THIS! Unless Capcom releases “Dark Arisen Champion Edition” Been thinking about buying the original for a while now.

    • http://www.facebook.com/retsmot Tommy Ong

      i hope not! i been waiting a year for this.

  • xMCXx

    Man, so long…..I hope it’s worth the wait!

  • Bloodios

    My hunch was right on when I chose to wait for an enhanced version. I definitely am going to keep this approach for any Capcom title that is going to be released in the future.

  • TerrenceG9

    Love the game, but I don’t think I’m ready to dish out $40 for an expansion…

  • MrKappa

    So they didn’t even add new vocations? Well that blows. I hope the new skills and augments are worth playing through a vocation again, the mages didn’t feel magical enough the warrior straight up sucked ass.

    This looks like an expansion worth buying though even if this seems par for the course for Capcom. I only hope the don’t have the audacity to have stupid DLC like last time.

  • http://twitter.com/wgilliland08 Tyler Gilliland

    I loved Dragon’s Dogma. It was my #2 favorite game of 2012. $40 is a bit pricey, but I have no problem with it. This reminds me of Dragon Age Awakening, the disc based expansion to Dragon Age Origins. I think it was around this price when it released. Keep up the great work Capcom! We love Dragon’s Dogma!

  • Mar Mar

    I want to use more skills at once! You get so many good skills but you are limited to a very small number ><

  • http://www.facebook.com/tristan.dutcher Tristan Dutcher

    40$ for a game i already 95% own!!!!!!!?????

  • PrinceHeir

    woo Original plus Expansion?

    i hope more companies does this instead of dlc bits.