A month ago we reported on what the upcoming Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen expansion was to include, well now Capcom Japan has confirmed that the add-on is slated for an April 25th release (in japan), and that it’s only available as a Playstation 3 disk on retail rather than DLC. People were rather alarmed at the ¥4,990 price tag but this has been explained as the expansion includes the full original game as well. The expansion, which supports save game transfer and includes new features such as persistent enemy corpses, has not been confirmed for western release.
It’s important to remember though, that the game shipped worldwide last May, so a global ship for the expansion is not entirely outside the realms of possibility. Expect it to be DLC instead of retail though.