If you’re picking up Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen and have previous Dragon’s Dogma saves you want intact. You should probably back them up. According to a post on Capcom Unity by employee GregaMan that the newest title update might corrupt your save data.
“A quick public service announcement for you Dragon’s Dogma and Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen players. A number of users have encountered an unforeseen issue with a recent downloadable Title Update (patch). The TU, in some cases, has caused players’ DD save data to become corrupted (cue Olra purification jokes), meaning the game will no longer save or load their game progress.
To prevent the possibility of permanent loss of your data, please copy your existing save data (whether it be DD or DDDA) to an external storage device or cloud whenever possible–especially if you are picking up the game for the first time in awhile or switching over to Dark Arisen for the first time.
If you experience repeated issues with your save data becoming corrupt, please try playing the game offline while we investigate the issue. We’re exploring the issue currently and hope to have a solution as quickly as possible. Many apologies for the inconvenience.”