Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen joins PlayStation Plus Extra catalog

Jerry on 2023-11-15
Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen for PS4 joins the PlayStation Plus Extra catalog on Tuesday, November 21st.

Overseen by director Hideaki Itsuno, with scenario writing by Haruo Murata, open world action RPG Dragon's Dogma pits a denizen of Cassardis, whose physical characteristics are determined by the player, against the Dragon who stole the villager's heart.

The music score from Dragon's Dogma was first published to compact disc in May of 2012, with music direction by Monster Hunter series co-composer Tadayoshi Makino. Beginning in 2016, Capcom published the expanded port Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen for Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch.

Gameplay design for Dragon's Dogma sought to simulate multiplayer combat through the integration of ally AI, as part of the network-integrated Pawn system. The player can issue orders to non-controllable party members (which can be swapped between players online over the network) and receive their voice-acted strategic advice on the battlefield. The grab command allows the protagonist to grip onto enemies to climb the neck of a looming cyclops or mount the flapping wings of a griffon.

Early in production, Makino brought on T's Music members Masayoshi Ishi (Sengoku Basara) and Rei Kondoh (Okami) to contribute to the game score. To complement the game's design documents, which were heavily influenced by Western fantasy RPG elements, the music director collaborated with composer Inon Zur and singer-songwriter Aubrey Ashburn of Dragon Age: Origins. Orchestral recordings took place at the Bulgarian National Radio Studio, featuring the Sofia Film Orchestra Choir.

Publisher Square Enix's two-CD, 86-track Dragon's Dogma soundtrack can be purchase domestically through CDJapan. The Dark Arisen Masterworks Collection digital soundtrack is available through Steam. 34 selected tracks are streaming on Amazon Music Unlimited.

From the product page:
Battle the various monstrosities that plague your journey at every step, utilizing a combat system that offers a vast degree of freedom. Put up your shield and draw enemy focus, or open the path ahead with splendid swordsmanship. Leave the front line to your allies and use magic to support from the rear, or clamber onto a giant beast's body to aim for its weak point.
Capcom - Dragon's Dogma 10th Anniversary Website

CDJapan - Dragon's Dogma Original Soundtrack