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Dragon's Dogma 2 breaks Capcom records on Steam, but receives criticism over microtransactions and poor performance

Dragon's Dogma 2 breaks Capcom records on Steam, but receives criticism over microtransactions and poor performance
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On March 22nd, Capcom released Dragon's Dogma 2. This is a story-driven single-player role-playing action game that can be personalized according to individual preferences.

On the first day of release, the game attracted the attention of players. According to Steamdb, the number of concurrent users has already reached almost 200,000. At the time of writing, there were 199,850 simultaneous players, and this number is likely to be exceeded over the weekend. For comparison, the original Dragon's Dogma game peaked at 27,368 concurrent players. This number also surpassed the number of concurrent players in other single-player Capcom games, setting records above Resident Evil 4 and Village.

At the same time, Dragon's Dogma 2 has predominantly negative reviews from players on Steam. At the time of writing, players left over 11,000 reviews, with only 39% of them being positive. Complaints focus on two main issues:

  • Low performance (even on high-performance systems)
  • Microtransactions.

Players complain that the game is too demanding on systems and delivers low frame rates even on top-notch components. Users also lament freezes, texture and sound problems, long resource caching, frequent crashes, and more.

Even more players are annoyed by the in-game microtransactions, demanding payment for almost every little feature. On the first day, players were presented with 21 separate microtransactions ranging from $0.99 to $4.99 each. Their total cost amounts to $41.79. This would be normal for a free game, but Dragon's Dogma 2 itself costs $70.

To be fair, most of the features offered through microtransactions in the game can be obtained without them, although it will require significant in-game currency investments or time.

For example, Dragon's Dogma 2 offers a character editor through the Art of Metamorphosis for $1.99, allowing players to edit their character's appearance. The Prison Break Key for $0.99 allows escape from prison but breaks after a single use. Expensive and rare Ferrystone stones are needed for fast travel in the game, teleporting to specific Portcrystals at a price of $2.99. There is also the Explorer's Camping Kit for $2.99, resurrection crystals, and Wakestone revival stones at $0.99 each.

Some players were also disappointed that practically only one save is available in the game. It's impossible to start a new playthrough with a different character without deleting the previous save.

Developers have apologized to players for the technical issues and promised to fix them. Several fixes are already in the works to improve the situation. Capcom is looking into ways to improve performance and add the ability to start a new game. Errors will also be fixed in the "near future."

Source: ign, insider-gaming

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