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DokeV: trailer, news and what we know so far

DokeV is a third-person creature battler from South Korean developer Pearl Abyss.

Coming to Xbox Series X|S, PS5, and PC, DokeV looks to take the Pokémon Scarlet and Violet formula and turn it on its head, by having its monster battles happen in real-time. Though the game still has creature-collecting mechanics at its heart, the gorgeous graphics and the cute yet absurd-looking Dokebi that you’ll be gathering definitely give DokeV its own unique flavor.

Though we’ve yet to see much of DokeV beyond a trailer back in 2011, the preview itself looked quite promising. The combat looked fluid and fast-paced, while the title’s vibrant colors and distinctive style seemed charming in their bold simplicity. Though much of the game is still shrouded in mystery, we’ve gathered together every crumb of information we can for your reading pleasure. 

DokeV: cut to the chase

  • What is it? An open-world action adventure with monster collecting
  • When can I play it? No word as of yet, but assume 2023 at the earliest
  • What can I play it on? PC, PS5 and Xbox Series X/S

DokeV: release date and platforms

DokeV character sat on Llama

(Image credit: Pearl Abyss)

We don’t have a release window yet for DokeV. Given that we’ve not heard anything major since the Gamescom 2021 reveal nearly a year ago, it doesn’t seem like it’ll arrive anytime soon, so we’d speculate 2023 at the earliest.

As for platforms, we currently know it’s coming to PC, PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, and Xbox One. It’s unlikely that it’ll come to Nintendo Switch in any capacity, though we’ve seen plenty of cloud versions come to the hybrid machine in recent times.

DokeV trailers

Latest Trailer

DokeV Rockstar official music video

A new trailer for DokeV was shown during The Game Awards 2021 which showed the official music video for a song written especially for the game. ‘Rockstar’ is exactly the sort of catch K-pop bop that you’d expect. What’s more, the uses in-game footage, and once again shows off how impressive DokeV’s graphics and animations are. Check it out below.

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Additional trailers, including a gameplay reveal trailer and a game overview can be found on the official DokeV YouTube channel

DokeV: gameplay

Dokev - Dobeki screenshot

(Image credit: Pearl Abyss)

DokeV’s an open-world action adventure, though this wasn’t always the case. Initially announced as an MMO, Pearl Abyss decided to move away from this approach, making them free to do its own thing without the genre’s preconceptions.

There are all kinds of wacky, wonderfully designed creatures who’ll help you out in combat. According to the official website, these creatures are known as Dokebi, and the bizarre designs range from an alarm clock with headphones on, to a panda/polar bear hybrid wearing a pair of boxing gloves. So, peak character design, basically.

Judging from the trailer, Dokebi look to be stored in tiny prismatic discs, and can be unleashed during combat encounters. Each look to have their own abilities that will help you out in different ways, so we imagine choosing the right Dokebi for the job will often be key to success.

We saw a surprisingly varied amount of traversal options too. Your character is able to move on foot, as expected, but also on hoverboards, bicycles, and even a car. You can also soar through the air, Fortnite-style, via a deployable parasol, which we imagine will be useful for getting to specific places on the map fast.

So far, these trailers have featured many aspects that one could associate with a more social experience. This includes fishing, flying kites, and hanging out on a beach. We’d like to think that some cooperative experiences or hangouts will still be available to try in DokeV when it releases.

DokeV: news


(Image credit: Pearl Abyss)

Genre shift
DokeV was originally billed as an MMO (massively multiplayer online) title when it was announced in 2019. However, back in August 2021, Pearl Abyss confirmed plans seem to have changed, with the developer shifting away from the MMO format to a more traditional action adventure. The official DokeV Twitter account put this in no uncertain terms:

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This shift away from the MMO format has been quite divisive in the tweet’s replies. The MMO aspect was the thing many people were most looking forward to. Others felt like the more focused approach could lead to a better, more polished game.

If you want our two cents, the MMO space is already deeply competitive. So much so that it’s genuinely difficult for any MMO to gain a lasting foothold in the space. With genre giants like World of Warcraft and Final Fantasy 14 on the block, any budding new MMO would seriously have to impress to make a name for itself in the space.

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