is a new intellectual property from the creators of Devil May Cry 4 and Resident Evil 4
. And while it resembles another Capcom series featuring monsters and the hunting thereof, we?re promised a unique experience when the game launches in ?early 2012.?
"While they may have some superficial similarities, they are very different games at heart," explains Hideaki when asked about comparisons to Monster Hunter. ?One key difference is that Dragon?s Dogma has an overarching story whereas in Monster Hunter the focus is on the hunt.?
In a nutshell, Dragon's Dogma is an open-world action adventure set in a world of swords, sorcery and enormous, deadly monsters.
"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."
"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. 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."
You've got your standard sword melee attacks and daggers for very close combat. You can grab on to the griffin's wing and hack away as you both fly across the verdant fields or have your mage enhance your weapons with fire and take it down with a volley of flaming arrows.
Interestingly, there are more than 200 individual NPCs
in the game world, each with spoken dialog and a full 24-hour daily routine
, and any of them can be recruited as Pawns and then customised to your needs.
We are told that there will be "a brand-new approach to multiplayer
" but were unable to squeeze out any further details. The answer to that other ubiquitous interview question is that the main quest is expected to deliver around 30 hours of gameplay, not counting side quests.http://www.capcom.co.jp/DD/http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZsJ3XwTkjWo
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