Dragon’s Dogma has proven to be an interesting success story for Capcom. In a time when their DLC practices have come under fire and controversial business decisions abound, Dragon’s Dogma emerged as one of the best and most interesting new IPs to come along in years. An expansive open-world action role-playing game that many have compared to the likes of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and Dark Souls, it offers a lengthy adventure, challenging and satisfying combat and an interesting pawn system. The game was a commercial and, for the most part, critical success, and this has encouraged Capcom to strike while the iron is hot and turn Dragon’s Dogma into a major franchise.
At a press release aimed at investors in Japan, Capcom announced that Dragon’s Dogma has managed to ship over one million units worldwide, the 55th game in Capcom’s catalogue to do so, thus placing the game alongside some of their best known franchises. New IPs are a “sink or swim” proposition and Dragon’s Dogma benefited from filling a void in the market for a solid action RPG, especially in the absence of downloadable content for Skyrim. The success has now encourage Capcom to make the game a “pillar of earnings” alongside other key series, two of which, Monster Hunter and Sengoku BASARA, were also mentioned in the press release.
So what can Dragon’s Dogma fans expect to see in the future? It has only been a month since the game was released, so it would not be unreasonable to expect DLC that adds additional quests, abilities, weapons and the like. Capcom has previously confirmed that their controversial on-disc DLC is present in this game, so this will very likely be included. As for a direct sequel, Capcom has not directly confirmed planning or development of it, but it seems unlikely that they would just sit on a profitable new IP. Promoting of Dragon’s Dogma as a major new franchise essentially makes a sequel an inevitability, though it’s way too early to speculate on when it might come out. An early release for the next console generation, perhaps?
Dragon’s Dogma was released on May 22, 2012 in North America, followed by Japan on May 24 and Europe on May 25, and it is available on the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. Click here to read the full RipTen review.