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Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen On Its Way to PCs

Capcom's divisive RPG will be re-released on Steam for $29.99 this January, and I am trying really hard not to use exclamation points right now.

Dragon's Dogma's rolling, hours long Griffin hunt was a stand out moment.
Dragon's Dogma's rolling, hours long Griffin hunt was a stand out moment.

A few years ago, on the recommendation of Patrick Kelepk, I took a chance on Capcom's Dragon's Dogma. It was a good choice, because as far as fantasy games from the previous console generation go, I think Dragon's Dogma is my favorite. While I've spent way more hours with the Elder Scrolls and Souls series, my time with Dragon's Dogma is the first thing that comes to mind when I think about exploring a fantastic and dangerous world. So I'm pretty happy to hear that the game is getting a second chance on the PC in just a few months.

The PC release will include all of the content that came in the game's Dark Arisen re-release, which includes a new large, end-game dungeon that requires real knowledge and mastery of the game's combat system. Dark Arisen also slightly modified some of the more obtuse game mechanics (like the very limited fast travel system), making it a little more accessible to players turned off by the game's more difficult idiosyncrasies.

It's hard not to wonder whether this release is meant to test the waters for a potential release of Dragon's Dogma Online, the free-to-play MMO follow-up to Dragon's Dogma that recently released in Japan. Early reports on Dragon's Dogma Online are mixed, and if I'm being really honest, what I'd love more than anything is for Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen's PC release to feature multiplayer--an option that was long rumored to be included in Capcom's own internal, PC-based development build of the game.

In any case, I'm happy that I'll soon be able to revisit Dragon's Dogma without hauling my PS3 out of storage, and I'm curious to see what fans and modders will do with the game once it's available.

Are there any other Dragon's Dogma fans out there? Have any of you checked out Dragon's Dogma Online yet? If so, do you think it's worth the hassle of a VPN, or should we just all hold out for Dark Arisen's re-release? Lemme know!