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Capcom's Newly Announced RPG Dragon's Dogma Looks Purty

| 12 Apr 2011 17:27

DD is an open-world action role-playing game that mashes up Skyrim with Devil May Cry.

Not to be confused with Capcom's other series that involves hunting monsters, Dragon's Dogma appears to be more of a traditional Western-style action RPG. The director of Devil May Cry 4, Hideaki Itsuno, and the producer of Resident Evil 4 Hiroyuki Kabayashi have teamed up to make the game of their dreams. Even though the pair are Japanese, they were both strongly influenced by Western geek culture like Tolkien and the stories of Greek gods. The player will be able to choose to play as one of three classes - Mage, Fighter and Strider - but you can assemble a group of up to two "pawns" from the hundreds of NPCs in the game. No details were given on a release date, even though the game's been in development for three years, and it should drop on both the PS3 and the Xbox 360. From the images and the trailer, Dragon's Dogma doesn't look anything like your typical JRPG.

"While we don't share a common history and mythology, Japan has had access to the same pop culture experiences over the last 30 years, and I think that Japanese people do like fantasy games, movies and books," Hideaki said. "Because of that, we have the same working knowledge of myths and creatures such as the Hydra and the Griffin and people in Europe and America do."

Where did the team draw inspiration? "When I was at junior high school I was really taken in by The Lord of the Rings, so I'm sure that has had a strong influence," explains Hideaki. "You can expect to see a lot of those creatures from Greek and Norse mythologies that fantasy fans will be familiar with."

Hideaki said that Dragon's Dogma has the biggest team working on any single game at Capcom right now. "This is a game that I have wanted to make for many years," he said. "I've never felt that we had the technology in place to take on a project of this scale. Now, we have consoles powerful enough and a development team at Capcom knowledgeable enough to bring this vision to life."

For anyone who's worried that this game is a Monster Hunter knockoff, Hideaki said that the two games are different. "While they may have some superficial similarities, they are very different games at heart. One key difference is that Dragon's Dogma has an overarching story whereas in Monster Hunter the focus is on the hunt."

I got to say that Dragon's Dogma looks pretty good despite its shitty name. Really? There's a dogma about dragons?

Yes, I guess there is, according to this website anyway.

Source: US PlayStation Blog

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