Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen - The Launch and Press Conference

Thursday, 21st March 2013 - it was a sweltering afternoon, with me taking a break from making contracts in a bid to prevent the heat death of the universe. Out of boredom with nothing to do, I was invited by anibee to attend a launch-cum-press conference of Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen at E2Max, Level 9, Orchard Cineleisure. This report is the story of my adventure to uncover the mysteries behind this new game.


THE VERY PLACE WHERE THE PRESS CONFERENCE HAPPENED...

Developed and published by Capcom, Dragon's Dogma is an action RPG in which the player can select various classes, gender and appearance, explore vast landscapes and defeat monsters. Dark Arisen is simply the expansion pack of Dragon's Dogma, the details of which will be discussed in detail later in this article.


PRESENTING THE DESIGNERS FOR DRAGON'S DOGMA: DARK ARISEN - KENTO KINOSHITA (L) AND MAKOTO IKEHARA (R)

As mentioned earlier in the article, Dark Arisen is the expansion pack for Dragon's Dogma, and according to game designer, Kento Kinoshita, players can transfer their saved data of Dragon's Dogma to Dark Arisen and gain extra goodies such as warp crystals. As for the gameplay in general, I seem to notice that the action fluidity, mostly seen in hack-and-slash action games like Devil May Cry, is unique for an action RPG genre. To put it in perspective, take the open-world setting of The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim and combine it with hack-and-slash elements of action games such as Devil May Cry with a dash of other gaming genres, put it in a blender and voila, you get Dragon's Dogma. In the middle of the press conference, Mr. Kinoshita switched over from Dark Arisen to a saved data in Dragon's Dogma and the transition is seamless. On a personal note, I feel that Dragon's Dogma, in general, offers a breath of fresh air to the action RPG genre.


AND YOU GET TO FIGHT DEATH HIMSELF.

As for Dark Arisen, the expansion pack is a great compromise for those who are new into the game, halfway into it, or have completed Dragon's Dogma once through. Those who are new to Dragon's Dogma can get Dark Arisen and hop into the game without needing to buy the first game in itself, while - as mentioned earlier - those who are either halfway through or have completed the game once through can load their Dragon's Dogma saved data in Dark Arisen and receive bonus goodies while continuing their quest or continue on their new game plus.


DRAGON'S DOGMA: DARK ARISEN WILL BE OUT ON PLAYSTATION 3 AND XBOX 360 ON THE 25TH OF APRIL. I'LL CHECK IT OUT AFTER BEING IMPRESSED WITH THE GAMEPLAY; HOW ABOUT YOU?

I would like to thank Maxsoft for organising this press conference, anibee and their resident writer YQ for inviting me to cover this article, and to you for reading it! Pictures will be up at my photography page on Facebook, Geniuth Photography, so do check it out!


- QB-sensei