Capcom producer Minae Matsukawa suggests that a full-fledged sequel to 2012’s Dragon’s Dogma requires fan feedback and support for the upcoming PC version of the game.
Back in 2012, Capcom introduced a brand new IP to the world in the form of Dragon’s Dogma. A western-style RPG developed by a Japanese development team, Dragon’s Dogma was unique in a number of ways, and managed to be a modest success for the company. Despite this, there has been little word on a potential sequel over the years. That is, until a recent interview from producer Minae Matsukawa.
Speaking with PC Gamer, Matsukawa confirmed that the Dragon’s Dogma development team often discusses the possibility of a sequel to the game. He also said that reception of the upcoming PC port of the enhanced edition, known as Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen, will play a crucial role in whether or not a sequel ever gets the go-ahead from Capcom. Fan feedback and support will also increase the likelihood that the world sees Dragon’s Dogma 2.
“We’d love to hear the opinions and feedback from players of the upcoming PC port of Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen, as that will increase the chances that we can look into the possibility of continuing the series.”
Despite Matsukawa’s optimism, Capcom’s handling of the Dragon’s Dogma franchise has been a little odd, to say the least. The game debuted on PS3 and Xbox 360 in 2012, and while there has been the enhanced edition since then, as well as a Japan-only free-to-play spinoff called Dragon’s Dogma Online, Capcom has otherwise largely ignored the game and its fan base.
It would be one thing if the original Dragon’s Dogma struggled, but the game actually earned a decent amount of praise upon release, and was successful in sales. In fact, Dragon’s Dogma sold over 1 million units, and at the time, these sales seemed to encourage Capcom to pursue a full-fledged sequel. Unfortunately, that still has yet to come to fruition, and Capcom has been quiet about a sequel to Dragon’s Dogma for the last four years.
It also took Capcom a very long time to port the game to PC, despite its genre having a large player base on the platform. The PC version of Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen actually hasn’t even released yet, with the game slated to drop later this week on January 15th. As Matsukawa stated earlier, this PC port of Dark Arisen will make or break the chances for a true sequel to the game, so die hard fans of the original may want to consider picking it up again for PC.
Whatever Capcom ultimately decides to do, it would be a shame for the Dragon’s Dogma franchise to go to waste. It has enjoyed quite a bit of success in terms of sales and general reception, with the game being hailed as the Most Played New IP at one point. Hopefully Capcom realizes that it would be foolish to let a potential blockbuster series fall to the wayside, and we hear more about Dragon’s Dogma 2 in the coming months.
Dragon’s Dogma and the enhanced Dark Arisen expansion are available now for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Dark Arisen will be available on January 15th for PC.