If you were holding out hope that one day Japanese MMORPG Dragon’s Dogma would one day make it to Western shores then we have some disappointing news for you. Capcom has announced that Dragon’s Dogma Online is shutting down later this year. The final day for the game will be December 5th, 2019. The game launched back in August 2015 had a pretty good run and is playable on PS3, PS4, and PC.
The announcement of the shutdown stated the reason for sunsetting was due to the team being unable to continue providing services that satisfy the players. Plans to launch the game in Taiwan have been scrapped which means that the game will have never made it outside of Japan when it is shut down.
But, there is still some good news for Dragon’s Dogma Online fans. An animated series based on Dragon’s Dogma lore is in the works and Netflix is connected. Plus, it has been promised that while Dragon’s Dogma Online is finished this isn’t the end of Dragon’s Dogma video games completely, fingers crossed that means we’ll have a new Dragon’s Dogma game in the near future.
Dragon’s Dogma Online had a lot of potential for success overseas. The game regularly received updates, focused on playing in a group, and had 11 unique classes to pick from. In fact, back in2016 it looked like Capcom might actually have been gearing up to release the game in the West. Of course, we know that nothing came of that. But at the time game director Kento Kinoshita said, “Once we have established a solid foundation in Japan I’d like to consider bringing this game overseas, where there are a great many online game players,” That seems to suggest that plans changed, or the game was perhaps not as successful in Japan as Capcom would have liked.