Dragon’s Dogma Online is free-to-play, no western launch planned

If you enjoyed Capcom's RPG Dragon's Dogma, then you should be fairly excited for the announcement of Dragon's Dogma Online, an upcoming MMORPG which is going to be released as a free-to-play title, according to Gematsu from a reveal in Japanese game magazine Famitsu.

Dragon's Dogma Online is in development for PC, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 and is scheduled for 2015, but a Capcom representative told Eurogamer that there are no plans for a western release. Being a F2P title, it will include the traditional item micro-transactions. Dragon's Dogma Online will feature an open world that will be expanded through regular seasonal updates. The lobby will support up to 100 players and you can form parties of four players for quests, with raids supporting up to eight players. Capcom considered a subscription-based model but ultimately decided to choose free-to-play so that more players could try the game – subscriptions, eh?

Judging by the well-received Dragon's Dogma game and the Dark Arisen enhanced version, Dragon's Dogma Online could be a really interesting game. However, it looks like we, western players, will have to put it in the “can't touch this” shelf along with Borderlands Online, Call of Duty Online, Monster Hunter Online, and even the somewhat similar PS4 exclusive Deep Down, also from Capcom.

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  • Vince

    “No Western Launch Planned”?

    Well, that’s cool. At least Capcom’s not making the promise that Sega or NCSoft did with Phantasy Star Online 2 and Blade & Soul, respectively.

    We are getting Deep Down though, and that looks super, super similar. Hell, I would’ve bet money that Deep Down was a codename for what was going to be revealed as some kind of Dragon’s Dogma sequel.

    Though I don’t really care that much about this franchise, tbh. I’d rather see a western release for Monster Hunter Online instead. We really need that IP on a platform we care about, us non-Japanese gamers. I don’t understand how China get recognized there, but Capcom continues to put out handheld games exclusivesly for Nintendo platforms here in the West, and then continues to be disappointed by sales numbers.

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  • Cyndrus

    They better release it over here. Dragon’s Dogma was one of the most criminally underrated and overlooked games of last gen. It had an absurd amount of customization and easily among the best combat in an RPG you’ll ever lay hands on. The only things it really needed was a more dynamic world and online co-op. Maybe a crafting system too. It deserves a sequel, but if it can’t get one I’ll be more than happy to settle for this.

    If you’ve always liked the concept of the Monster Hunter games but hated the clunky ass controls.. if you’ve ever wanted to climb up a cyclops’s back and stab it in the eye, or hold on for dear life to a dragon while it’s trying to buck you off in mid air.. go pick up Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen for $20 and do everyone a favor.

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    • freemmostation

      The more I think about it, the more I wonder why they’re making it exclusive.

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