Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen Gets A Switch Port Out Of Nowhere

The official Twitter account for Dragon's Dogma, a Capcom open-world RPG, has announced that the game's definitive version will be ported to the Nintendo Switch on April 23, 2019. The game, first released in 2012, follows players in a fantasy setting as they hunt down an antagonistic dragon and other beasts.

The Dark Arisen version of Dragon's Dogma came out in 2013 for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, and the years since have seen it ported to Windows as well as the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The game was created by Devil May Cry mastermind Hideaki Itsuno, and has primarily been hailed for its fluid combat that's reminiscent of Shadow of the Colossus' boss battles, in that players must often climb atop the monsters they're battling.

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A video on the Dragon's Dogma Twitter account gives a peek of the game running on the Switch, showing off battles with a chimera, a hydra, and other enemies. There are also bits of cutscenes present, and the game looks about as good as one could expect a title that's more than five years old to look.

The possibility exists that this latest port of Dragon's Dogma could serve as a litmus test for interest in the series, as ports and remasters often do. In an interview with Eurogamer last September, Itsuno said that he would like to get going on a sequel to the game, explaining, "If someone would let me, it's what I'd want to do. I already know what the story would be. It's just about convincing people to let me make it." In the meantime, he's been wrapping up work on Devil May Cry 5, which he has directed. The much-anticipated title is set to release this March.

It's tough to feel anything but good about ports, remasters, and remakes, as they give another opportunity for people to experience games that they may have missed out on. (And they also give fans an opportunity to play the games again.) That's especially been the case with the Switch, as the console's portability allows console games to be played on the go - which is particularly welcome with open-world games like Dragon's Dogma, where bite-sized adventures can be as satisfying as longer play sessions. Of course, it can be frustrating to see port after port when you're anticipating a follow-up, as is most certainly the case for many Dragon's Dogma fans. But with Devil May Cry 5 due to release in only a few months, Itsuno's sure to be gearing up for his next project - and it very well may be Dragon's Dogma 2. After all, Capcom's running out of places to port the first game to.

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Source: Dragon's Dogma [Twitter]

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