Capcom’s Dragon’s Dogma II announcement last week has drawn players back to the original game in a big way.
As noted by Twitter user Benji-Sales, Dragon’s Dogma Dark Arisen saw huge numbers of players on PC this weekend. In fact, according to SteamDB the number of concurrent players (players playing at the same time) reached a peak of 6,582 on Sunday. That’s the largest number since the Dark Arisen expanded version arrived on PC in 2016.
Of course, Capcom put the game on sale to coincide with the sequel’s reveal last week. However, it still shows that there’s a huge appetite for this sequel among fans and newcomers alike. Capcom announced said sequel at the end of a special broadcast marking ten years since the first game launched on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC in 2012.
Since the original release, the RPG has had the aforementioned Dark Arisen expansion about a year later in 2013. That would then come to PC a few years later, followed by Xbox One and PlayStation 4 and – eventually – the Nintendo Switch. There was also a Japanese only MMO in 2015, for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and PC. A Netflix anime then arrived in 2020.
It’s still early days for Dragon’s Dogma II, of course. So we don’t know when or where it’ll appear just yet. We do know, however, that it’ll be using Capcom’s excellent RE Engine. Hopefully, we’ll be hearing more on the follow-up in the not-too-distant future.