Capcom’s action-RPG Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen coming to PCs in 2016

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Capcom’s open-world action-RPG Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen will launch for PC platforms via Steam in 2016, the publisher announced today.

Previously available for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen features in-depth character customization features and an innovative “pawn” system that allows players to build and train AI-controlled partner characters.

Dragon’s Dogma first hit consoles in 2012, blending hack-and-slash action with elements from RPGs and the survival horror genre. Gameplay takes place across a sprawling world that offers dozens of quests for players to take on as the storyline progresses.

Dark Arisen, an improved and expanded version of Dragon’s Dogma, later hit the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in 2013. In addition to bundling all previously released Dragon’s Dogma DLC into one retail package, Dark Arisen introduces new features like fast-travel, along with a sizable collection of new quests and equippable weapons.

Central to Dragon’s Dogma and its expansion is the “pawn” system, a unique gameplay feature that pairs players up with AI-controlled teammates. These party members grow in intelligence as they encounter new gameplay situations, making them a key part of later missions. Players can also share their trained pawns with others online via social networking features.

The most recent entry in the series, Dragon’s Dogma Online, was announced earlier this year, and launched in August for the PlayStation 4, PS3, and PCs in Japan. Dragon’s Dogma Online overhauls series-standard mechanics and implements a free-to-play structure, allowing players to form groups of online party members to take down towering monsters. A localized release for western territories has not been announced.

Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen launches for Windows PCs via Steam in January of 2016, and will be priced at $30. Capcom announced that the PC port will feature upgraded graphics and an optimized keyboard-and-mouse control scheme, in addition to support for Xbox 360 and Xbox One controllers.