In 2012, Capcom released the action role-playing game Dragon’s Dogma for the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360. On June 16, 2022, Capcom marked the game’s tenth anniversary and shared a significant announcement with us.
Hideaki Itsuno, the film’s director, appeared before us and abruptly revealed Dragon’s Dogma 2 as the sequel. Along with the industry veterans and his former gaming staff, who are eager to return to the Gransys universe. Here is all the information we currently have about Dragon’s Dogma 2 including its release date and any leaks.
The 10th Anniversary Stream
Despite the fact that Hideaki Itsuno left many things unanswered during the Dragon’s Dogma 10th Anniversary Stream, he did say that the game is already in development. Fans of the series should be excited for it, he added, adding that everyone on the development team is already working hard on it. And given that they have almost a decade of anticipation, the fans will undoubtedly be thrilled.
10th Year Anniversary Stream where the director reflects on the original game
Itsuno is a staple developer and director for Capcom Games and the genius behind the Devil May Cry Series. With Itsuno leading the helm, he directed Devil May Cry 2, 3, 4, and 5 and has since been working on no other project. Or so it seemed.
Work on the Dragon’s Dogma might have begun end of 2020 or early 2021. And any project with Itsuno leading usually takes somewhere between 3-4 years between releases. Some close to the development team even implied that the team’s spirit was good, and they were running tests internally every 2 months.
Dragon’s Dogma 2: Release Date
Looking at the Devil May Cry 5 development timeline, Capcom started working on the game in January 2016. They subsequently announced it in 2018, with a March 2019 release date. Announcing Dragon’s Dogma 2 On The 10th Anniversary Of Dragon’s Dogma
Now, what does this have to do with Dragon’s Dogma 2? If we follow Itsuno’s latest development cycle, we could have a Dragon’s Dogma 2 release date of 2023 to 2024 if all goes well.
Dragon’s Dogma 2: Leaks
Dragon’s Dogma 2 seems very early in development; however, we have leaks from a now-deleted 4chan post. Obviously, take this information with a grain of salt.
- Starting Class: Only one starting class is available at the start of Arisen’s path: Explorer.
- Reworked Classes: These classes have been changed and mixed up a little. For example, the warrior class has been reworked and is now Gladiator. And the Mystic Knight is now a hybrid with the Alchemist.
- General Classes: Other classes with provisional names exist within the game, such as Spy, Priest, Beast, Hangman, and more unknown.
- Self-Healing: Only magical users can stop time to heal themselves. Other classes must do it in real-time while incurring cooldown and effectiveness penalties.
- Main Hub: A wing of a small ruined bastion will serve as the centralized hub for the first part of the game. Where players can rest, store items and weapons, and build structures.
- Camping: You can only camp in new areas once you unlock them by clearing out enemies and threats around them, essentially making them safe.
- Mobs: Enemies will appear according to the game’s areas, time of day, and weather conditions.
- Fast Travel: There is still a fast travel system in play. However, the process is not instantaneous, with just a loading screen in transition. And there are fixed points across the playable world that you can fast-travel to only after visiting and unlocking them.
- In-game Movement: Instead of a loading screen, the players are shown a real-time location of the party and its movement across the map. There is also danger in fast traveling, with the threat of ambushes and losing items and money along the way.
The leaker definitely had more details on other aspects of the game. But according to his * on the infamous website, he implied more leaks could corner and flush him out of his position.
Luckily, we got enough to form a starting idea for the game. So, thanks to the guy who put his job on the line to let gamers know!
Dragon’s Dogma 2: RE Engine
The RE Engine will be used to build Dragon’s Dogma, which was previously speculated and leaked. It serves as the company’s principal engine and is the foundation of practically all contemporary Capcom games. Immediately following the anniversary stream, Capcom issued a press release informing the audience of this information.
The RE Engine debuted with Resident Evil 7 and replaced the older framework the company was using. And after the game’s huge success, the engine has become the main strength for all future games. Upcoming Capcom games such as Resident Evil 4 remake and Street Fighter 6 use the same powerful gaming engine.
The cycle begins anew. 🐉
We’re happy to announce that Dragon’s Dogma II is currently in development.
Built by Dragon’s Dogma veteran Hideaki Itsuno using our proprietary RE ENGINE, it will elevate gameplay and visuals to whole new levels. pic.twitter.com/ong5iA6E5q
— Capcom Europe (@CapcomEurope) June 17, 2022
Dragon’s Dogma 2: Multiplayer and Cross-platform
If the team behind the game is focusing on giving us the same experience as before, a full-blown multiplayer mode might not be in the cards. The original game had hints of online play only in its pawn system, which was pretty much it.
However, we can speculate that over 10 years of successful RPG and action games might have persuaded Itsuno to reconsider specific game mechanics. The sequel might go beyond the online pawn systems and offer co-op play this time. But even if it does, multiplayer might be an optional feature akin to the Souls games. But again, there’s no confirmation on any aspect of gameplay, so we’ll have to wait and see how they approach it.
It was previously reported and leaked, but now it is confirmed that Dragon’s Dogma would be developed using the RE Engine. Almost all contemporary Capcom games are being created on it because it is the studio’s principal engine. Capcom quickly issued a press release confirming this information to the fans following the anniversary stream.
That being said, we’re fairly confident is speculating that the game will feature cross-platform play for all the platforms it releases on. 2015’s Dragon Dogma Online did the same, and there’s no reason the developers wouldn’t do it again.
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