Unexpected and welcome news has just reached us from Capcom HQ. No, we're not going to get a Megaman Battle Network Legacy collection on PC but there is a port incoming - intriguing RPG Dragon's Dogma [official site], in its expanded Dark Arisen edition, will be landing on PC in January.
"The PC version will feature stunningly high-res graphics and improved fidelity, as well as support for both the Xbox 360 and Xbox One controllers, as well as a traditional keyboard and mouse control scheme."
It's a fantasy RPG with AI controlled party members who are referred to as "pawns". I haven't played it but I have a soft spot for it already because one person I know, who has terrible taste in everything, thinks it's a load of cobblers.
Dragon's Dogma doesn't look particularly weird but everybody who has played it seems to think it is a bit weird. If it had just been announced for PC and was an entirely new thing that nobody had played, I'd assume it was a fairly unremarkable fantasy hack 'em up with some big ol' enemies. I'd probably assume it had some Dark Souls stuck between its teeth.
As it is, I'm aware that one of the interesting things about the game is that it allows parties of adventurers to fight large beasties without simply hacking away at their knees. Party members can be directed to attack specific body parts and you'll be able to clamber into position to strike at vulnerable spots. That should allow for battles in which four people are chopping away at a monster from different positions rather than forming an orderly queue to take a swing at its shin. Sounds good.
I've also heard talk of choices that have a proper impact on the world and all manner of inventive open world shenanigans. Sounds like a treat. Capcom's announcement addresses us all as "Arisens", which I'm surprisingly OK with.
"Well met, Arisens! Here, have some awesome news:
"As of January 2016, the epic fantasy action-RPG Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen will be available on Windows PC for $29.99 / € 29.99 / £ 23.99, with full Steam platform support. Huzzah!
In case you missed it on console, Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen is an awesome, inspired, sprawling fantasy game set in an open world, where players create their own unique character and supporting, AI-controlled characters known as Pawns, which can be “rented” and shared online by other players. Battle giant mythical beasts, master a variety of distinct vocations, and explore atmospheric dungeons to uncover endless items and loot."
I can't wait to master a distinct vocation.