Dragon’s Dogma Online has officially closed down

    
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A dragon's dog, Ma.

It has indeed happened; Dragon’s Dogma Online, the even more obscure MMO spinoff based on the already obscure RPG from Capcom, has closed its doors for good. The shutdown was first announced back in July, but fans have reported that the title is indeed gone for good and no longer accessible for anyone, with several people wondering why the game was never localized in an attempt to gain a larger market share.

Regardless of the reasons for the lack of localization, it seems that the title is thus unlikely to find emulation, since there is not the crucial critical mass of fans to work on assembling rogue servers. Our condolences to the fans who enjoyed the title and hoped that it would at some point arrive in other regions; the one bright point is that this does fuel rumors about a proper sequel being made to the original game. (Also there are a fair number of fans complaining about the MMO having some rather egregious lootbox mechanics, which is impossible to really confirm now but certainly does help ease some of the sting.)

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Michael Fuchs

That sucks. Played the Japanese version for awhile and it was fun. Always hoped it would come over here.

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3dom

Nothing of value was lost, generic MMO with bland setting/story and half player characters running around in bikinis.

Also the more they delay inevitable release of Dragon’s Dogma 2 – the better graphics and animations it’ll have.

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P3lli

Dont shill & pretend you played it, because DDO had the best combat ever made on any mmo.
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Anyways, there’r rumors around that DD2 will be a live service // pseudo-mmo. Mainly due the succes of the new MH business model

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3dom

Yup, played it. One of the worst MMOs I’ve seen in this decade, like an early access indie games on Steam. No wonder they didn’t even attempt Western release.

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P3lli

No wonder they didn’t even attempt Western release

That because japs dont give a shit about western audiences, nothing to do with success. Also Capcom being Capcom

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losludvig

Because fewer options are better than more options…
I for one, will miss the game, nothing quite like it

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cursedseishi

The biggest reason–as I understand it at least–for the shutdown was a lack of interest in renewing the servers necessary to keep the game going. It had been at a minimally viable level at the very least for a good while, and even when I was recently playing it there was still a healthy bit of activity.

The necessity to rent servers was also likely why Capcom never released it westward. Monster Hunter gets around this as its mostly Peer-To-Peer so there’s no need for Capcom to have a local server group per region. And though Capcom does have several strong titles, none of them are at the point where you’d need the infrastructure that the game would need. So they rented out servers for the JPN region, but didn’t see enough success or much reason to expand that.

It is a dang shame though. The shutdown slipped my mind as I hadn’t played in about a week thanks to the Holidays, but I’d have enjoyed the chance to run around and do some things. I was never going to catch up and hit the cap to do some of the crazier things, but that was because I was having far too much playing around and hopping between classes rather than focus and level one or two up. And some of the classes made for this game?

I’d kill to have in a proper Single Player version. Alchemist was a proper blast to play, and I always enjoy Lance-using classes like the Spirit Lancer… But I’d dipped my toes into the Swordmage (or High Scepter) vocation and loved the heck out of that too.

If we’re lucky? Yeah, Itsuno will get a chance to do a proper Dragons Dogma 2 now, and with it a lot of what the MMO had integrated. At the very least, give us a massive Tarrasque to fight!

Aaaand… yeah, there might have been lockboxes. I largely ignored them or most anything that cropped up as I played. More fun to just run out, punch people and make them explode than it was to delve through the tabs for that stuff. And it never came up, sooo… Unless there was some necessity at end-game? They were far from egregious.

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Daniel Solorzano

A sequel is happening for sure. The director made both Devil May Cry and Dragons Dogma. He said that Capcom told him that he can work on DMC5 or DD2 and he choose DMC5, obviously.

I would be surprised that now that DMC5 is done that he isn’t at least thinking about making DD2

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losludvig

Fingers crossed. While DD wasn’t that popular when it came out, I feel like a lot of people came to it after the fact