Dragon's Dogma Online seems to have had a promising start in Japan, as it was reportedly downloaded over 700,000 times during its first day on the market. Impressive numbers for sure, but there are a few factors that we have to take into account before declaring it the next big thing in the Land of the Rising Sun.
For starters, let's not forget that the title's free-to-play. While there is a premium physical edition up for grabs, downloads were specifically mentioned in Famitsu's article, which has kindly been translated by Gematsu. As such, you'd likely be right in thinking that many of these downloads may not translate into people actually playing the game. Indeed, only 140,000 player characters were actually created on the release's opening day.
We also can't forget that the massively multiplayer online role-playing game is available on the PlayStation 3 as well as the PlayStation 4, and with Japan still refusing to give up on Sony's last-gen machine, we'd love to know what the split looks like.
Nevertheless, it's clear that the new action RPG is going to be popular, and it'll be interesting to see how it grows and evolves now that it's out and being enjoyed. Sadly, we can only dream of a Western launch at this point - but we're going to be dreaming much harder now that there's gameplay videos all over the internet.
[source famitsu.com, via gematsu.com]
Dragon's Dogma was one of my favourite games on PS3, so I'm definitely hoping for a Western release. I'm hesitant about the free to play aspect, but that world, and that combat system, and that brutal, unforgiving atmosphere? I'm cautiously optimistic!
I can totally download it on my Japanese account, right??
Yep I believe u can
@SonyInfinity I wasn't sure if the servers on the game would block American IPs or not.
Hmm mm possibly, but I have been able to download other Japanese titles, granted they were not exclusively online, you may he right unfortunately.
@B3ND3R Pretty sure you can download it from a Japanese account and play it using that, at least. You can definitely play it, either way.
@B3ND3R I do have a Japanese account, so I'm gonna try it.
Everyone, don't bother with downloading it on an American console. I downloaded it with my Japanese PSN and it won't play.
@OhMarioWV Does this mean it's both Region and IP blocked?
It's IP locked. You have to use a VPN method to get on. You also need to have a COG (Capcom Online Games) account too. I have the stuff to do it, but I'm rethinking it.
@OhMarioWV Well, that's a bummer. Thanks for the heads up, btw.
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