Dragon's Dogma to become 'a major franchise'

We were certainly pleased with Dragon's Dogma in our review, and evidently that opinion was common enough for developer and publisher Capcom to commit to turning its console action-RPG into "a major franchise."

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We were certainly pleased with Dragon's Dogma in our review, and evidently that opinion was common enough for developer and publisher Capcom to commit to turning its console action-RPG into "a major franchise."

Capcom boasts in the announcement that Dragon's Dogma "set a new record in Japan for sales volume of an entirely new brand in its first week for releases during the past decade." It also says it's shipped over one million copies of Dragon's Dogma worldwide, but that's not very useful information without knowing how many were actually sold.

Dragon's Dogma was "developed with the goal of creating another pillar of earnings" alongside Cacpom's other big killfest series, Monster Hunter and Sengoku Basara. The publisher's strategy is to experiment with new games, then turn them into franchises if they take off.

With Dragon's Dogma now becoming a full franchise for Capcom, expect DLC and sequels galore until ideas run dry and all that remains is a hollowed-out husk of its former glory.

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    June 25, 2012 6:00 AM

    Alice O'Connor posted a new article, Dragon's Dogma to become 'a major franchise'.

    We were certainly pleased with Dragon's Dogma in our review, and evidently that opinion was common enough for developer and publisher Capcom to commit to turning its console action-RPG into "a major franchise."

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      June 25, 2012 6:10 AM

      Am I the only person that gets a "Dark Souls" vibe from watching clips/reviews of Dragon's Dogma? None of the reviewers/commenters seem to make that connection...

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        June 25, 2012 6:13 AM

        I didn't get that feel from the demo though. The combat is spastic and button-mashy.

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          June 25, 2012 10:28 AM

          Similar to something like DMC, it's really only as button-mashy as you are. It's a pretty robust system and you can pull some awesome shit with it.

          The combat has nothing in common with Souls, though.

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        June 25, 2012 7:05 AM

        Maybe from watching it but definitely not in the game play. 110+ hours on it and it didn't feel Dark Soulish at all to me.

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        June 25, 2012 9:10 AM

        Yeah, I got the same feeling watching the trailers too. Something about the art design and the way the engine looks. I was surprised when I found out that it wasn't made by From Software.

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        June 25, 2012 9:31 AM

        That connection has been made by critics and forum members many, many times.

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        June 25, 2012 10:16 AM

        Based on the demo, Dark Souls + Oblivion

        I liked it, it's on my purchase list

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        June 25, 2012 10:54 AM

        That vibe's not misplaced, but they're very different games. Like the Souls games its world can be unforgiving if you're careless or unprepared, and there's a major element of learning enemy abilities and behaviours. It also shares a bit of Souls' design philosophy, which is to say it's all about how you use the skills you're given as opposed to there being right ways and wrong ways. The game just kind of gives you tools and lets you run with them.

        The scale's much bigger, though, and the combat's not about the precision that describes the Souls games. It's quite frantic at times. The game is practically an engine for generating awesome, dynamic combat encounters; unexpected shit happens often and especially with some of the larger foes there's this fantastic ants-clambering-over-a-spider feel to it.

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        June 25, 2012 12:20 PM

        I get a strong Dark Souls vibe from this game. It's a bit like a more forgiving, more open world, less dark Dark Souls with inhabitants which are not all out of their skull insane. The muted but beautiful look of the environments is very reminiscent of Dark Souls as well.

        I was just thinking this the other day... Demon/Dark Souls and this game are now the new JRPG to me. There was a time when I loved what the term "JRPG" stood for... but that kind of died off. These other three games are kind a new wave of totally different RPG with a very different design and approach than western RPG's. So as far as I'm concerned, the new era of JRPG's has dawned... and I freaking LOVE IT!

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        June 25, 2012 12:35 PM

        It gives off a Dark Souls vibe, yeah, but it definitely is not anything like it IMO. About the only thing they have in common is Swords & Sorcery Third Person game.

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      June 25, 2012 6:39 AM

      I guess that means PC version soon!

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        June 25, 2012 7:45 AM

        One can only hope!

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        June 25, 2012 5:45 PM

        Eh, Capcom ports usually suck.

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          June 26, 2012 12:00 AM

          The RE5 port was pretty good. Easy to control and the graphics scaled excellently. My only complaint? GFWLive roflcopter bad

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      June 25, 2012 9:30 AM

      The game looks cool, I'll be sure to check it out eventually.
      But it's surprising to me, Capcom taking a risk pushing a game like this or E.X. troopers out of the wood work but when it comes to an established, popular franchise that everyone was clambering for and they scrap it all together. I'm talking about MegaMan Legends 3 of course.

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      June 25, 2012 9:55 AM

      Good, loving this game.

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      June 25, 2012 10:08 AM

      We're getting this over Breath of Fire VI?

      Lame, Capcom. Totally lame.

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        June 25, 2012 10:39 AM

        To be fair, Dragon Quarter was one of those games that's bad on such a level that it kills a series for 10 years or so. Give it time.

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          June 25, 2012 11:16 AM

          You said Dragon Quarter... you bastard! I've been trying to forget that mess, and I almost had!

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            June 25, 2012 11:30 AM

            Remember, Remember, the Fifth of Breath of Fire :(

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            June 25, 2012 11:35 AM

            are you guys fucking kidding me? dragon quarter is a masterpiece

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      June 25, 2012 10:36 AM

      I think I'm gunna pick this up today!

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        June 25, 2012 2:55 PM

        Hope you enjoy it! There's a few threads here on the shack with tons of great tips and almost no spoilers so make sure to look if you have questions.

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      June 25, 2012 10:53 AM

      great game. should buy if you have any interest in RPGs or Open world games

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      June 25, 2012 11:26 AM

      So glad this is doing well. This is my GOTY so far. The thing oozes vision and character - lots of unusual but interesting and clearly intentional decisions. It feels like someone made their dream game.

      I think this anecdote describes the game pretty well: During a thunderstorm, atop a tower on the coast, one of my party members hurled me bodily at an airborne griffin. I grabbed hold and clung to it for dear life - while I was magically on fire, mind - then dragged myself over to its wing and stabbed at it until it tumbled back to earth where my party engulfed it. In basically any other game that'd have been a scripted event, but in Dogma the only scripted part was the thunderstorm.

      I love this fucking game.

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      June 25, 2012 12:13 PM

      Fucking awesome. Dragons Dogma is a damn good time.

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      June 25, 2012 12:24 PM

      This game deserves even more attention than it's getting. I took me by surprise and I was already expecting to love it. This is the most fun I've had with a game since Dark Souls (and that is saying a lot coming from me).

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      June 25, 2012 12:27 PM

      Oh.. and now can we PLEASE have Monster Hunter to play in the US on a REAL console?! Xbox 360 or 3DS will be accepted. I've heard rumblings of MH coming to 3DS but nothing solid yet. I would buy the crap out of a Monster Hunter game. I've been waiting years to try one out.

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        June 25, 2012 1:58 PM

        Capcom doesn't take requests lol

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        June 25, 2012 2:08 PM

        Fuck that, Vita or bust.

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          June 26, 2012 8:07 AM

          Honestly, if they came out with a great MH game on the Vita, I'd probably buy a Vita. I'm already on the edge with the Vita, the only thing holding me back is the lack of great games right now.

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            June 26, 2012 8:37 AM

            There are quite a few great games right now, what kind of eclectic taste do you have?

            Hot Shots Golf
            Rayman Origins (that one's multiplatform, though)
            Mutant Blob Attack thing (great great game)
            Uncharted
            Unit 13 (the best I've seen an FPS done on a handheld)
            Disgaea something
            An assload of good PSP games, many of which you probably haven't played
            Super Star Dust (same but different)

            I'm probably forgetting a couple. I'm very happy with my purchase.

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              June 26, 2012 1:16 PM

              The only thing which interests me on the system so far is Gravity Rush. I played that demo and it looked very cool. Hot Shots Golf I've heard a lot about and I'm curious. I'm waiting for a big announcement like a Dark Souls game or MH to convince me.

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                June 26, 2012 3:26 PM

                I haven't checked GR out yet. I don't know.

                HSG is wonderful if you like golf at all. The RPG system adds some of those consistent gains that I was saying D3 failed at by not including. Even if you do badly on the course you'll gain a little bit of "loyalty" (exp).

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                June 26, 2012 3:27 PM

                Also, Dark Souls or Monster Hunter would both be instant buys if they hit the system.

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        June 25, 2012 2:16 PM

        PSP or Wii MH not good enough to give a whirl?

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          June 25, 2012 9:34 PM

          I don't own either and I'm not about to buy either one of those now.

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        June 25, 2012 5:35 PM

        MH3 is awesome.

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      June 25, 2012 4:22 PM

      Glad to hear it. I'm enjoying the shit out of this game. The next one will be even better!

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      June 27, 2012 4:46 AM

      Good!!!

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