Dragon’s Dogma is one of those games that is definitely going to do some new things and the latest info falls in line with that. The latest news has to do with the ability for AI-controlled party members or “Pawns” to not only be shared between players but the fact that they will retain knowledge from any previous battles allowing them to be more effective for you. We have no idea how this feature will work on a mass scale but for now we are intrigued.
In explaining it to Siliconera, producer Hiroyuki Kobayashi, explained in simple enough terms though. The game will feature sections called “rim stones” and when you find one of these section either offline or online, you can find pawns from other players and then “borrow” them whenever you feel like it. He went on to say that they will join your party and start to gain experience. At different points you may decide to let them go, but they will take their experience with them and it will have an impact when another players finds and uses them. Pawns who have seen combat and had experiences with another player are going to be much valuable to you than ones who haven’t. Experienced pawns will remember key information that can help the player such as enemy weak points and advise on the best strategy to employ to take down specific enemies since they may have already encountered them even if the player has not.
I am still having a hard time wrapping my head around how this would all work, but since the game won’t be out until sometime in 2012 I will continue to be pleasantly excited about this possibility. What do you think, will they actually be able to pull this off to the degree they are saying now and will it improve gameplay?
Dragon’s Dogma is due on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in early 2012.