The launch of Dragon’s Dogma 2 is right around the corner, and the upcoming grand fantasy epic from Capcom is generating quite a buzz not only from the fans of the franchise, but also from people inspired by the trailers, previews, and promises.

Whether you are already thinking about pre-ordering the game or need an concise explanation of what all the excitement is actually about, you’re in the right place to clear your doubts and fill in the gaps.

The basics

Dragon’s Dogma 2 is a third-person perspective action RPG taking place in a large, diverse and carefully designed open world filled with quests to pursue, monsters to defeat, and vibrant locations to explore.

Much like its predecessor, it boasts an impactful, class-based combat system which takes the best lessons from both Devil May Cry and Monster Hunter alike to create an exciting, dynamic encounters the genre rarely offers.

Single-player, but not lonesome

While the game itself will be exclusively singleplayer, the presence of other players will be felt thanks to Pawns, your NPC allies.

Each player has their own customizable Pawn, but can also hire help from other people’s pawns and take them on adventures.

It’s more than just companionship: Not only do Pawns have combat classes as well, but also a particularly well-travelled one might offer guidance on your current quests, or have insight on a nearby treasure.

Immersive experience

Dragon’s Dogma 2’s world is keen on making sure your travels are exciting, so you’re just as likely to meet NPCs asking for assistance, as monsters asking for trouble. The game will also react to your choices and failure, which might even lead to NPCs dying if you get sidetracked for too long.

The world, powered by the RE Engine, is dynamic, and the consequences long-lasting.

Is this game right for you?

So the question remains: should you get on the Dragon’s Dogma 2 hype train with a secured pre-order?

It depends. Do you like expansive dynamic open worlds? Impactful TPP combat with distinct classes? A story involving political machinations, and plenty of quests to pursue? Powerful character customization? Huge monsters to fight?

If this sounds like it might be your thing, then you absolutely should give Dragon’s Dogma 2 a chance.