Why Dragon’s Dogma 2 Is Worth Getting Excited About

It’s been a long 10-year wait for Dragon’s Dogma fans. Capcom’s idiosyncratic open-world RPG hit Xbox 360 and PS3 in the spring of 2012, and would eventually get a re-release-meets-expansion in the form of Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen. Ten years later, we’re finally getting a sequel, as Dragon’s Dogma 2 was recently announced. Dragon’s Dogma devotees are over the moon, but it might not be as apparent to gamers who didn’t discover the game why exactly we’re all freaking out.

What the heck is a Dragon’s Dogma?

In the 10 years since Dragon’s Dogma, there have not been many games that look or play like it. Dragon’s Dogma dropped players into a peaceful seaside fishing town and got them used to the slow pace just long enough for a dragon to show up and steal the silent protagonist’s heart. Literally, your character has no heart in their chest after the encounter, making them the chosen one known as the Arisen, and giving them a personal impetus to seek out and defeat the dragon.

That sends you on a long, continent-spanning journey that involves kings and queens, legacy heroes, conspiracies, death cults, and more. Along the way, you discover one of Dragon’s Dogma’s unique features, the Pawn system. Dragon’s Dogma was released about six months after Dark Souls, and the two have a few important things in common: They’re both single-player, Western-inspired fantasy RPGs with demanding combat, and they both have unusual online systems that let you engage with other players without actually playing with them.

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Author: Eric Frederiksen