Capcom has confirmed that Dragon’s Dogma will be released for the PS3 and Xbox 360 in North America on May 22, 2012 and across Europe on May 25, 2012. Capcom has also announced that purchasers of Dragon’s Dogma will have the opportunity to be the first to experience a playable demo of Resident Evil 6, ahead of its release on Nov. 20, 2012.
Retail versions of Dragon’s Dogma will contain a redeemable token that will allow owners to download the Resident Evil 6 demo. Purchasers of the Xbox 360 version of Dragon’s Dogma will be able to redeem this token and download the Resident Evil 6 demo globally on the Xbox LIVE Marketplace for Xbox 360 60 days earlier than any other platform starting on July 3. The demo for owners of the PlayStation 3 system version of Dragon’s Dogma will go live on the PlayStation Store on Sept. 4 in North America and Japan and Sept. 5 in Europe. Here we go with this timed exclusive crap again, I’m so over this right now.
Dragon’s Dogma introduces an innovative team system to the genre. Known as Pawns, these three AI partners fight independently, demonstrating prowess and ability they have developed based on traits learned over time from the player and their actions. Players will journey to the Rift where they can share their own Pawns with friends and be rewarded with treasure, knowledge of the world and strategies for taking down enemies. Conversely, players can borrow friends’ Pawns with the specific skills or experience required to tackle a particular quest. In addition, Dragon’s Dogma will ship with thousands of ready-made Pawns for players to pick their allies offline.
For those wishing to reserve their day one copy of Dragon’s Dogma, the following pre-order initiatives will be available:
- GameStop is offering the ‘Pawn Upgrade Pack’ which will give players additional Rift Crystals allowing them to rent higher level experience Pawns from the outset.
- The ‘Armor Upgrade Pack’ offered through Best Buy and the ‘Weapon Upgrade Pack’ from Amazon.com will deliver higher level armour and weapons respectively giving players a real advantage when tackling the toughest of enemies.
Furthermore, Capcom will be supporting Dragon’s Dogma post launch with a comprehensive suite of downloadable content including additional quests as well as weapon and armour upgrades. Capcom has also revealed that B’z, Japan’s foremost rock band, will be writing and recording a brand new original track to feature in Dragon’s Dogma.