Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen is slowly arising from the darkness, with fresh details on the 2013 expansion coming from a Famitsu interview with Capcom. The interview, translated by Polygon, hinted at the shadowy environs and plot lines players will explore.
Dark Arisen begins when players are invited to Blackcurse Island (probably not the final translation), which hides a "vast underground world." The setting fuses the game's action RPG elements with a touch of mystery, as players dive "deep into this alien world in a literal way and figuratively as you try to get to the bottom of the mysteries surrounding the plot," director Kento Kinoshita said.
The island hides many riddles, including the sad fates of numerous Arisen (the heroes of the world of Dragon's Dogma), lending the new content an eerie cast. However, the expansion doesn't end with a heaping helping of moodiness.
Players will find deeper jobs with more functionality, and have an easier time acquiring Rim Crystals used to borrow pawns. Dark Arisen will reveal the island's mystery with quests involving new characters and foes (including Death, moonlighting from its usual Castlevania gig) depicted in the gallery above, though it will still offer plenty of side content.
The expansion will land on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 sometime next year, and Capcom says a narrower release window should be announced shortly.