Players are invited to return to the realm of heart-stealing dragons and oddly implemented fast-travel on April 23 in Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen, an expansion pack to the core game that is releasing both as a retail disc and digital download for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 for $39.99.

Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen includes all of the content from the original Dragon's Dogma game, and also moves beyond Gransys' mainland to Bitterblack Isle. This new world features an underground realm home to over 25 new enemy types. Existing Dragon's Dogma characters and saves can be exported to this new game and upgraded to use new Level 3 skills. Capcom says it listened to player feedback to improve fast travel and make menu navigation more intuitive. These improvements are retrofitted to the original game.

If you own Dragon's Dogma and purchase Dark Arisen, you will receive 100,000 Rift Crystals, unlimited Ferrystones, and six new Gransys Armor costumes.

Capcom offered a brief summary of other new features appearing in Dark Arisen.

  • Over 100 pieces of new equipment
  • All new high level weapons and armor sets
  • 14 new character/Pawn augments
  • New tiers of equipment enhancement
  • Increased character customization options
  • Item appraisal
  • Option to select Japanese voice over