There's a creature somewhere in Dragon's Dogma that will take the combined effort of active players and their loudmouth Pawns before it goes down. And it's a particularly nasty looking dragon. Of course it is!
The collective attack of everyone playing the game online will eventually be enough to slay this Ur-Dragon, and the person who lands the final blow will receive a special reward. The rest of us unlucky adventures can earn common and rare items along the way, while all participants will appear in the game's hall of fame.
So what about people who aren't going to play Dragon's Dogma online? Thankfully, they won't miss out on the Ur-Dragon encounter. Capcom says they'll be able to fight the beast alone (presumably it has far less health offline) and will get different rewards than those who take part in the asynchronous battle.