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In case you missed out on Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen when it released on consoles, Capcom has some good news: The epic RPG is finally making its way to PC early next year.

This is one of those announcements that’s better late than never, as Dragon’s Dogma first launched on consoles about three years ago. As of today, however, Capcom is reporting that the sleeper hit of 2012 will finally be arriving on PC as Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen in January 2016. According to the announcement, the PC version will have been worth the wait.
In case you missed it on console, Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen is an awesome, inspired, sprawling fantasy game set in an open world, where players create their own unique character and supporting, AI-controlled characters known as Pawns, which can be ‘rented’ and shared online by other players. Battle giant mythical beasts, master a variety of distinct vocations, and explore atmospheric dungeons to uncover endless items and loot.

Capcom doesn’t dish RPGs all that often, so it’s understandable that most folks were caught off guard when Dragon’s Dogma turned out to be a pretty great, original take on the genre. The Dark Arisen version of the game includes the core experience, as well as a big chunk of new story content and a healthy revamp of several of the game’s systems. If you played the original Dragon’s Dogma on consoles and skipped Dark Arisen, this PC version of the game might be worth a second look for all those extra missions, cosmetic items, armor, weapons, enemies and locations.

According to Capcom’s recent announcement, the PC version of Dark Arisen will include “stunningly high-res graphics and improved fidelity,” as well as support for either traditional keyboard and mouse or your Xbox 360/Xbox One controller.

That’s dandy an all, but it’s got me wondering: When might we see Dragon’s Dogma Online here in the States? A follow-up to the original game, DDO drops players back into a world overrun with monsters and in need of a few (thousand) good heroes. Many of the core game’s creative systems made the jump to the MMO version of Dragon’s Dogma and the combat is far more action oriented than most online romps.

Dragon’s Dogma Online looks like a blast but, as is often the case with these types of games, we’ve got no word on whether or not it will be making the jump to other territories. If Dark Arisen does well on PC, maybe that’ll be enough to convince the higher ups at Capcom that it’s worth their effort to churn out an English port.

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