Capcom is gearing up for a big year in 2012. Not only will we have the soon to be released Resident Evil: Operation Racoon City, and the already released 3DS outing, Resident Evil: Revelations, but we’ll also be getting out grubby hands on the next big instalment, Resident Evil 6. It’s not all zombies and shotguns though, and another Capcom IP is looking very promising.
Dragon’s Dogma, developed and produced by Resident Evil and Devil May Cry veterans Hideaki Itsuno and Hiroyuki Kobayashi, is an open world, action RPG that casts the player as a hero whom, in a fateful meeting with a dragon, has their heart removed by said Wyrm. However, aside from chafing a little this, oddly, isn’t as fatal as you may think, and the hero is reborn as an ‘enlightened one’.
Destined to find and kill the dragon that stole their heart, the hero embarks on a typically epic quest, along the way running into all sorts of people who want to do them harm. AI companions will also join the struggle, and the gameplay will include a grabbing mechanic that allows the player to grasp onto foes and perform a range of attacks.
Due to be released in Europe on May 25, (and in the ‘States on May 22), we think Dragon’s Dogma is looking quite promising, but there’s more to this release than meets the eye.
You see, in a bid to repeat the success Microsoft had with the original Crackdown, which featured the Halo 3 demo, in turn hiking sales much higher than the title would have managed alone, Capcom is bundling in a code to redeem early access to the Resident Evil 6 demo, ahead of the November release.
Available via the game to Xbox 360 owners from as early as July 3, PS3 owners will have to wait another 60 days, until September 4. That’s some exclusivity deal, no doubt dipping into Microsoft’s deep pockets once again.
Whether you’re looking forward to Dragon’s Dogma on its own merits, or you simply can’t wait any longer to play the next big name Resident Evil, Capcom has all but guaranteed sales for what isn’t considered by many to be a AAA release. Time will tell. For now, have a butchers at the story trailer for Dragon’s Dogma below.