Capcom's Dragon's Dogma is an interesting game, and one that doesn't strictly conform to any one genre.

It's an open-world action/RPG with both real-time action and strategy elements, and according to what producer Hiroyuki Kobayashi told Siliconera (via Strategy Informer ), the gameplay isn't "too technical or difficult" and yet, player freedom allows for multiple styles of play when it comes to combat.

Oh, and we'll get towns, too. Remember those? They're not just places we pass through during a linear trek (ala Final Fantasy XIII ), and they're not locations on a map we travel to instantaneously (ala Dragon Age II ). No, these are the towns we all remember from old-school RPGs, and Kobayashi says we can enter them, and people will give us information for quests. And as for quests, you don't have to tackle it right away; you can go after some simultaneously or wait to approach others.

He also talked about the "pawns," which are NPC companions we can create and add to our party.

"They have unique abilities and such you can use. The pawns don’t just do whatever people in the game tell them to do. They only listen to you because you’re the one who lost their heart to the dragon. They will adhere to what you say and do, but they are not typical townspeople."

And when Kobayashi says the game isn't overly technical, he means we won't have to execute crazy combos during combat. "It's more of a strategy type of action game," he said. In the end, we'll have to be creative to kill certain foes and our pawns will definitely come into play.

"Here you’re not alone. You have pawns and they are intelligent. You can formulate different strategies to take down creatures. There isn’t a set way to takedown all of the monsters in the game. Depending on how you form you party, with the pawns you have you can come up with all of these different ways to take down creatures.

I think this is something that will appeal to men and women because you’re using your brain to takedown enemies in this game."

We really hope this one turns out well. Dragon's Dogma is scheduled to arrive on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 some time early next year.

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Beamboom
Beamboom
9 years ago

How wonderful it would be if a dev someday would say,

"Our game is rather technical and quite difficult to grasp at first. Boy did we cram a lot into this bag."

It would be like a breath of fresh air. 🙂

Vivi_Gamer
Vivi_Gamer
9 years ago

Lol, I love how they say:
"…The pawns don’t just do whatever people in the game tell them to do."
All through out the combat sequence the team mates were shouting at the player "Take the Offensive!" It annoyed me from only seeing 5 minutes of the game I cant imagine how frustrating it must be for the full lenght.

As for the game itself, seems alright, But it takes more than standard action gameplay to entice me. The problem I often find in realistic historical theme based games is the lack of soul in the characters.

GuyverLT
GuyverLT
9 years ago

realistic historical theme based games

LOL uh are talking about Dragon's Dogma because it seems more phantasy than anything else.

Vivi_Gamer
Vivi_Gamer
9 years ago

Well yes, but when it comes to fantasy, there are so many variations now, many fantasy RPG's nowadays also have heavy Sci-fi or steampunk elements to it, maybe I should have said fantasy/realism instead…

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

Sounds a lot like WKC2, only with robots instead of AI driven NPCs in the party.

😉

Excelsior1
Excelsior1
9 years ago

i have been pleasently surprised and impressed by this game. for some reason i have a good feeling about it.

BlinkBoy
BlinkBoy
9 years ago

With Breath Of Fire designer helping out with laying down the RPG elements and how to build a world with towns. I will be looking out for this one.

It is one of the most expensive games Capcom have under development. Most used in the graphic department it seems, if you read second part of the interview.

Please reboot Breath of Fire series after this 🙂

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

Well, I'm already interested in this game, but if it will help get a reboot of Breath of Fire on Ps3, I'll most certainly buy it.

chucknasty
chucknasty
9 years ago

the hands on game play reminded me a lot of Demon's Souls, but with NPC helpers.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

sounds awesome, strategy and no scripted bosses. I wonder if we get a set main character or create one.

Douchebaguette
Douchebaguette
9 years ago

Albeit this looks like a great game, the fact that this RPG seems like an imitation of a typical western themed RPG makes me worry about the future of the J-RPGs.

But in another sense I am relieved because it seem the Japanese gaming realm is flourishing again. Perhaps when they get back on their feet, they'll start becoming more independent again.

Axe99
Axe99
9 years ago

This does sound promising – thanks for the info Ben :). Wasn't on radar until now – but from now on will be keeping an eye out for this one.

PANICinc
PANICinc
9 years ago

I've been watching this game with giddy anticipation. Can't wait!

___________
___________
9 years ago

does look interesting.
not getting my hopes up though, last time i got excited for a crapcom game we ended up with that atrocity they call DMC4!