There's trouble afoot, Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen fans. Posting on Capcom Unity, the publisher's senior vice-president Christian Svensson has revealed that the only way to get at the expanded edition's new areas, items and classes is by buying the full thing. That's to say, none of the additional content will be separately available as DLC.
"We went round and round with the team on this topic as [releasing the Dark Arisen content as DLC] would have been a preferred option from our standpoint too," Svensson wrote, in response to a reader complaint. "As it turns out, I'm sorry but unfortunately there were major technical limitations that would couldn't allow for a digital upgrade path.
The original game was just not designed to be expanded (no hooks in the original code) and so a full-game delivery mechanism was the only option."
"We also tried to explore a number of mechanisms to try and otherwise put this full product in original owners hands at a discount digitally," he added, "but we would have run afoul of a few first party policies (not any first party's fault, t'was our fault).
"So instead, we're packing more than $20 worth of value in digital rewards for existing users: 100K rift crystals (which in DDDA have a LOT more uses than they did in DD vanilla) the Gransys armor pack and the unlimited Ferrystone.
"We hope this will be a sufficient "thank you" for being part of the first wave of Dragon's Dogma fans given the development limitations we had. Thanks again for your continued support and I hope to see you in Gransys in April."
The news is rather a blow, given the extent of Dark Arisen's offerings and the sheer number of play hours many of you have sunk into the original game. It's worth remembering that Capcom has a history of releasing "Super", "Ultra" and "Hyper" editions, packed with content that could have - and in some cases, has - been released as DLC.
Are you tempted to buy again?