Dark Arisen drops players into "depths of an unknown darkness" sometime next year.
Dragon's Dogma seemed to come out of nowhere when it launched this summer. Whether or not you saw it as a fresh take on the open world RPG or just a mess, it moved over a million units for Capcom. With numbers like that, it was only a matter of time before more game was on the way. That's exactly what will happen in 2013 with the Dark Arisen, Capcom announced at the Tokyo Game Show. While we don't know much right now, Capcom made it clear that Dark Arisen won't be a small DLC pack, but a "major expansion."
What little we do know can be gleamed from the trailer Capcom released. The words "Into the depths of an unknown darkness, dark arisen" and brief glimpses of murky underground caves seem to be hinting at a new subterranean environment. Could this be Dragon's Dogma open-world version of The Underdark?
If that's too long to wait, some new additions are getting added to Dragon's Dogma for free this year. If you were disappointed by the recent patched-in easy mode, then you'll appreciate the two new game modes Capcom has planned. Hard mode now exists for those who want the challenge, while a speedrun mode times you as you race through the entire game. Completing either mode will award you fancy new loot to equip. Both of these modes will arrive via patch before the end of the year.