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Dragon's Dogma Online coming to PS4, PS3 and PC as a free-to-play game

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Capcom is bringing Dragon's Dogma Online to PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and Windows PC as a free-to-play online action game, according to a report from the latest issue of Japan's Famitsu magazine.

According to a translation of Famitsu's report by Gematsu, Dragon's Dogma Online will play like other Dragon's Dogma games, but in an online environment. Players can group up in parties of four — including AI-controlled pawns — for open-world adventures and battles against giant enemies. Groups can be formed in town-based lobbies that can hold up to 100 players, and Capcom will provide a "quick-matching" feature to easily form groups.

Dragon's Dogma Online will reportedly be supported by item-based microtransactions. Capcom previously experimented with free-to-play mechanics in another game in the series, Dragon's Dogma Quest for iOS and PlayStation Vita.

The follow-up to Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen will reportedly feature a new storyline, characters and setting.

Dragon's Dogma Online is being directed by Kent Kinoshita, a producer on the original Dragon's Dogma and executive produced by Hiroyuki Kobayashi, lead game designer on original Dragon's Dogma. Minae Matsukawa, a producer on Capcom's Ace Attorney series, will serve as producer. The game has a 2015 release date.

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