People are actually wondering if this is going to be a standalone sequel to the title or an expansion, knowing how much new content Dark Arisen will bring to the table.
Before the release of the expansion, Dragon’s Dogma will be receiving two new modes for free: Speedrun and Hard modes.
The Speedrun challenge has players beating the game as quickly as possible. Doing so will reward them with new items and equipment. Hard Mode increases difficulty but lets players earn increased equipment as a reward.
Dark Arisen will be released for the PS3 and Xbox 360 in 2013.