The director of Dragon’s Dogma 2 says players don’t need to have played the first game, because the hero has amnesia.
In an interview with GamesRadar, Hideaki Itsuno pointed out that while the sequel borrows elements from its predecessor, including the plot and the Pawns who follow the player, no prior knowledge of the series will be necessary before playing.
According to Itsuno, the protagonist will start the game with amnesia, meaning they have no idea what happened during the events of the first game. As such, the player will learn the backstory of the first Dragon’s Dogma as the hero does.
“The game starts off with a main character who has lost their memory,” Itsuno explained, adding that the game will “have characters around you [explaining] things to get you up to speed.
“So even if this is your first time playing Dragon’s Dogma, you can safely dive in,” he assured players.
“Dragon’s Dogma is a tale of the Arisen, whose heart is taken by the dragon,” producer Yoshiaki Hirabayashi said in a presentation last November. “While this sequel mirrors the world setting of the first game, the adventure takes place in a parallel world.”
In a hands-on Dragon’s Dogma 2 preview, VGC said the sequel “feels a lot like the first game, and that’s a good thing”.
“So far, Dragon’s Dogma 2 certainly feels a lot like the game that has come before it, though we have to bear in mind it’s still the first playable build at a relatively early part of the game,” our writer said.
“As long as it remains weird for all the reasons its most hardcore fans have championed it all these years, that’s no bad thing at all.”