Dragon's Dogma Online is a free-to-play spin-off from Capcom's, set to hit PC and consoles next year. Not the port fans were hoping for, but it sounds like the game will retain a lot of the original's features.
The existence of Dragon's Dogma Online was revealed in popular Japanese game mag Famitsu (translation courtesy), along with the first few details about the game.
Players will be able to band together in four-person parties, and hang out in town lobbies with up to 100 people when they're not adventuring. The original's big set-piece monster battles remain, and players can still clamber on top of bigger creatures to take them down. All the regular job classes return, along with crafting and NPC Pawns – essentially minions who can be sent off to do odd-jobs for you.
Producer Minae Matsukawa and director Hiroyuki Kinoshita revealed that paid items are in the game, but microtransactions won't spoil the game for anyone who doesn't use them. This will still feel like a "proper Dragon's Dogma game", apparently.
I'm not sure how hardcore fans will react to the news of this free-to-play version, but for those like me who never tried the original, it's at least a chance to experience it on PC. Capcom tells us that there's no plans to bring this to western regions yet, but if anything changes we'll let you know.