In the realm of Dragon's Dogma 2, a captivating conversation with game director Hideaki Itsuno and lead developer Kento Kinoshita illuminates the genesis and evolution of the enigmatic beings known as Pawns. These otherworldly companions have become a defining feature of the franchise, their talkative nature both endearing and vexing to players. Itsuno sheds light on the studio's efforts to ensure that Dragon's Dogma 2's Pawns refrain from incessantly repeating lines, offering a more immersive experience.
"We've gone to great lengths to prevent Pawns from regurgitating the same lines over and over," Itsuno reveals in the interview. He delves deeper into the role played by Pawns and other non-playable characters (NPCs) in Dragon's Dogma 2, emphasizing the desire for Pawns to embody the essence of a friend sitting beside you, providing valuable advice and guidance. Picture it as having a companion by your side, cheerfully whispering, "Let's venture forth this way!" or "Aha! I know just the trick for this situation!"
Itsuno then delves into the realm of Pawn personalities. The original Dragon's Dogma introduced a variety of distinct personalities for these mystical allies, and Dragon's Dogma 2 seeks to expand upon this tradition. Each Pawn in the sequel will be voiced by a different actor, imbuing them with unique character traits that influence their role within your group.
"Think of it in terms of individuality," Kinoshita adds. "We've made a conscious effort to increase the ways in which Pawns can express their individuality. There's personality, as we mentioned, and they might also possess specialized knowledge about certain enemies."
As the release of Dragon's Dogma 2 looms on the horizon, Capcom has intensified its marketing campaign, tantalizing players with glimpses of what awaits. Recently, we were treated to a comprehensive showcase of the game's character creator, allowing us to craft our own unique heroes. Previous trailers have also unveiled the diverse Vocations available to players.
Come March 22, Dragon's Dogma 2 will unleash its mystical world upon PC, PS5, and Xbox Series X/S, inviting adventurers to forge their own destiny. Prepare to embark on a grand quest, with Pawns as your loyal companions. Brace yourself for their colorful personalities, their unwavering support, and their occasional tendency to wax loquacious. Together, we shall unravel the mysteries of this fantastical realm and carve our names into the annals of legend.