Dragon's Dogma is going to be the Zone of the Enders of 2012. We don't mean it's going to have awesome robots -- rather, a significant portion of its audience will be buying it only for the included demo.
Capcom announced today that Dragon's Dogma will be out in North America on May 22, and in Europe on May 25. Each copy will include a code for access to a Resident Evil 6 demo -- if you buy it on Xbox, you'll be able to get the demo 60 days before anyone else, on July 3. The PSN version of the demo will go up on September 4 in North America and September 5 in Europe. It's not quite an Xbox exclusive, but it might as well be given that lead time!
For those of you actually interested in Dragon's Dogma for its non-Resident Evil content, Capcom shared the new trailer above. It also announced exclusive pre-order DLC from various retailers: the "Pawn Upgrade Pack" from GameStop, the "Armor Upgrade Pack" from Best Buy, and the "Weapon Upgrade Pack" from Amazon. More DLC will be forthcoming, including weapons, armor, and new quests.
Finally, Dragon's Dogma will feature a new original song by "Japan's foremost rock band" B'z.
Xbox 360® Purchasers to Get Early Access to Resident Evil®6 Demo
SAN MATEO, Calif. - Jan. 31, 2012 - Capcom®, a leading worldwide developer and publisher of video games today confirmed that Dragon's Dogma™, its highly anticipated open world action title, will be released for the Xbox 360 ® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system in North America on May 22, 2012 and across Europe on May 25, 2012. Capcom is also pleased to announce 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.
An exciting new franchise which redefines the action genre, Dragon's Dogma is from the team that produced some of Capcom's greatest action games. Set in a huge open world, Dragon's Dogma offers an exhilarating and fulfilling action combat game with the freedom to explore and interact in a rich, living and breathing world.
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. By utilizing the Xbox LIVE online entertainment network or PlayStation®Network, 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. Please check local retailers for details.
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.
To be the first to view the brand new story trailer visit www.facebook.com/dragonsdogma. The page also includes more secrets about the world of Dragon's Dogma and access to exclusive artwork.
Capcom is pleased to confirm that B'z, Japan's foremost rock band, will be writing and recording a brand new original track to feature in Dragon's Dogma.