After unveiling the new RPG/hack & slash title at their annual press event Captivate in Rome a few weeks ago, Capcom have finally announced a release date for the Dragon’s Dogma demo.
Dropping onto Xbox Live and PSN on the 25 April in Europe, the Dragon’s Dogma demo will offer players the chance to take two of the nine classes available in the full game through two unique and exclusive prologue sequences to the main games story.
The title will also introduce the ‘Pawn’ party system where you can create a party made up of characters from the game world and those created by other players via in-game connectivity. Both the melee-based Fighter class and the stealth-savvy Strider class will each offer a unique environment and final boss encounter that will showcase their unique strengths and abilities.
Aiming to mix RPG elements with more traditional hack & slash and horror staples, Dragon’s Dogma will also offer the standard avatar customisation feature but will neatly let players port their customised demo character over to the main game.
The full version of Dragon’s Dogma will be available for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on May 25.
Capcom have managed to let slip that a third outing in the Lost Planet franchise is in the works.
A video was briefly uploaded to YouTube confirming the games existence early last week. Capcom were quick to have the video taken down, but not before the internet was abuzz with surprise and speculation.
Not one to waist an opportunity, Capcom quickly added the new third-person shooter installment to its already crowded announcement list at its annual showcase event, Captivate, in Rome a few days later.
Development duties for Lost Planet 3 have supposedly fallen into the hands of Spark Entertainment, who have previously released the equally disappointing FPS titles Legendary: The Box and Turning Point: Fall of Liberty. A bold move considering the studio’s previous FPS-focused experience, but Capcom are clearly hoping Spark will find their stride in such a rich and established universe.
Both Lost Planet and its 2010 sequel were developed internally at Capcom, so the decision to outsource the games development to a third party is something of a risk with such an established title. Using Western developers to work on Eastern IPs has had mixed results in the past, from the success of Dead Rising to the reboot car crash of Bionic Commando.
The unexpected reveal came at rather unfortunate time as the gaming world’s attention was focused firmly on the new Resident Evil 6 and Devil May Cry reboot trailers showcased at same event. With further information on both these franchises trickling out of Capcom HQ, you can expect further information on the sci-fi threequel in the coming weeks.
Lost Planet 3 will be released for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in 2013.