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Dragon’s Dogma Demo Coming to XBLA and PSN

Coming fresh from Capcom Central, the long-standing developer has announced the release of a playable demo of its low-key title, entitled Dragon’s Dogma, which will be coming at an undisclosed time prior to the game’s release.  Said demo will be available on the Xbox Live Arcade Marketplace and on the PlayStation Network.

Based on information gathered, for those who aren’t aware, Dragon’s Dogma is labeled as an action-RPG, in the veins of Fallout, The Elder Scrolls & EA’s Kingdoms of Amaleur: Reckoning.  Capcom’s public statements and press releases state that it will be a deeply engaging action game that is focused on precision combat, specifically how and where you hit enemies.  You’ll also have a typical RPG party with you, consisting of a customizable player character and supporting characters referred to as ‘Pawns’.

I haven’t seen footage of it yet, but from the description, it seems to be hitting the right beats to make it appeal to people who either a) want more action-RPG gameplay after Mass Effect 3 launches, or b) are restricted to a few new purchases per year.  Reports are pitching in-game day-and-night cycles, hundreds of fully interactive, fully voiced NPCs, plenty of variety in enemy types and numbers, online co-op play, a vast open-world environment and branching decision-making that influences the story.

Of course, as history has proven with Crackdown and the Halo 3 beta, many, many people will likely pre-order this just so they can have early access to the Resident Evil 6 demo that Capcom has been promising.  I can’t say I entirely blame those people, either;  I actually had the temptation to do so.  Regardless, this game will be dropping May 22nd for us North Americans and May 25th for Europe, for both PS3 and Xbox 360, so stay tuned and we’ll keep you informed of any new updates.

Signing out, readers.

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