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We’ve known for a while now that Dragon Quest XI: In Search of the Departed Time is in development for Nintendo’s NX console at Square Enix. But the publisher has revealed that Dragon Quest X, the franchise’s MMO detour, will also be released for the NX. Producer Yosuke Saito and Director Chikara Saito delivered the news to Japan’s Weekly Famitsu magazine (via DualShockers).
However, like all previous versions of Dragon Quest X (it’s also available for the 3DS, PC, Wii, and Wii U), there’s no hint that the MMO will be released outside of Japan. Executives from Square Enix have discussed bringing the game to a global audience for years now, and perhaps the NX version will be the catalyst that makes that happen.
Little else was mentioned about Dragon Quest X’s NX debut, but Yosuke Saito did confirm that it’ll be available well before the launch of Dragon Quest XI.
Square Enix has expressed interest in bringing Dragon Quest X to western countries ever since the game first launched in Japan in 2012. Originally available for the Wii, Dragon Quest X’s reach has expanded to include versions for the Wii U, PC, and 3DS (which just launched last week). But is Square Enix still interested in trying to bring the game west? The answer is most certainly yes.
Siliconera recently spoke to Yuu Miyake, Dragon Quest X’s Executive Producer, and has response was an enthusiastic, “We’d love to do it!” He further elaborated that cultural differences between Japan and western countries have made this a difficult process:
“In terms of this being an MMO, again, we have to consider the operation and logistics of how to make that feasible,” Miyake elaborated. “We also have to think about it from a business standpoint. With Final Fantasy XI and XIV, it’s a global-scale endeavor. In terms of Dragon Quest, the way it’s perceived in the different countries is very, very different. How it’s perceived in Japan is different than how it’s perceived in the United States.”
Finally, Miyake said that business considerations could further complicate a North American launch for Dragon Quest X as a new data center would have to be constructed to serve a North American playerbase. But with the success of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, this might not be as large a hurdle for the publisher as it has been in the past.
Nicole Kline dominated everyone in this episode of “Continue Countdown.” You’ll hear plenty of her big opinions as she, and the rest of the Warp Zoned staff, sat down to discuss Microsoft’s decision to unbundle the Kinect sensor from the Xbox One, Sunset Overdrive‘s less-than-impressive initial trailer, and Halo 5‘s delay.
From there we moved on to the possibility that Wolfenstein: The New Order could spark a resurgence in Doom-style first person shooters (consensus: maybe), what Naughty Dog is working on next (consensus: probably something brand new), and whether or not Dragon Quest X will appeal to an overseas audience (consensus: probably not). The home stretch of this week’s episode asked what we’d like to see from Darksiders III and Rockstar’s next-generation project.
Finally, the episode concluded with the echoing cries of “Why?” as the “Continue Countdown” crew talked about 3D Realms’ Bombshell.
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Dragon Quest X was released for the Wii exclusively in Japan in 2012. Since then, it’s availability has expanded to include the Wii U, Windows PC, and Android tablets, but again, only in Japan. That might change soon.
During a financial briefing this morning, publisher Square Enix has confirmed that “expansion to overseas market [for Dragon Quest X] is under consideration.” Square Enix is focusing this possible expansion primarily on other countries in the Asian region, but it could apply to North America and Europe as well. The series has done well on this side of the ocean before and the successful launch of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn might encourage Square Enix to give Dragon Quest X western launch.
However, the same financial briefing also revealed that Square Enix plans to launch multiple “large‐scale online titles developed by Western studios” during their current fiscal year (which runs from April 1, 2014 through March 31, 2015). Several “large-scale” projects are known to be in development at Square Enix’s western studios including Hitman 6, Deus Ex: Universe, and a next-gen sequel to the Tomb Raider reboot. Square Enix is also in line to publish Just Cause 3, an unannounced game that has been quasi-confirmed by developer Avalanche on multiple occasions.
So prepare yourself to be knee deep in Square Enix-published games (hopefully including Dragon Quest X) very soon.
UPDATE: The trailer has been pulled from YouTube by Square Enix.
I’m still reeling from last night’s reveal that Dragon Quest X will be an “online RPG” for the Wii and Wii U. Up is down! Black is white! Cats and dogs… you get the idea.
But for those of you who missed the live stream, some enterprising YouTubers have uploaded the game’s debut trailer and a pair of gameplay demos. You can check out the trailer above and the gameplay videos after the break, but hurry, Square Enix doesn’t like it when their trailers appear on YouTube unless they put them there. (more…)
The future of the Dragon Quest series has been unveiled by Square Enix and Nintendo at a special media event in Japan that just ended. The two titans of the Japanese gaming scene have taken the wraps off of Dragon Quest X while also talking about the Dragon Quest Collection, a compilation of the first three games in the series (and their Super NES remakes), which will be released for the Wii in Japan on September 15. An American release is unlikely, but we can hope.
Dragon Quest X is being described as an “online RPG” similar to Dragon Quest IX. Players will be able to team up for multiplayer adventuring, but a strong single-player game will also be included. The game is being developed internally at Square Enix with Producer duties falling to Yosuke Saito (Drakengard, Nier).
Even with the “online” tag, the game looks to be a traditional entry in the Dragon Quest series with job classes, Slimes and turn-based battles. It also has a cel-shaded look that is very reminiscent of Dragon Quest VIII.
Best of all, Dragon Quest X will be available for the Wii and the Wii U. Yes, you read that right. The Wii U version will include enhanced graphics and cross-console play with the Wii version. The Wii version is currently scheduled for a 2012 release in Japan while the Wii U version is “TBA.” Hopefully they make it to America as well.
Many long-time fans were disappointed to learn that neither Dragon Quest IX nor Dragon Quest X would be heading to the PlayStation 3. Given what Level-5 did for the series on the PS2, one could only salivate at the idea of a HD Dragon Quest. However, that dream just might become a reality.
Andriasang reports that Square Enix CEO Yoichi Wada faced a good deal of harsh questions today, such as if Dragon Quest Collection will actually sell, given it features un-updated ports of the Famicom (NES) and Super Famicom (SNES) versions of the games. Wada responded yes, since they’re being left untouched to celebrate the series’ 25th anniversary. But another question came up, asking to know the logic of releasing DQX, a flagship title, on the Wii, a console past its prime.
Wada responded by stressing the importance of considering releasing the game on both the Wii and the upcoming Wii U. He also disclosed that Square Enix is already investigating their technical options when it comes to Nintendo’s HD platform.
Warp Zoned Podcast Producer Ryan Littlefield and I were discussing the potential uses for the Wii U’s controller for RPGs specifically, and I’m thinking the map system in DQVIII could make a great move here. While your favorite podcast personalities remain speculating, we can expect to learn more details about Dragon Quest X later this year.
Hardcore RPG fans! The reason to
steal your girlfriend’s buy a Wii is finally upon us! In the latest issue of Nintendo Power, Yuji Horii, creator and scenario writer of the Dragon Quest series, confirmed that the latest iteration, Dragon Quest X, will be ready for the masses soon. Horii stated, “all we can say is that development is going well and we’re on the last parts of the game. We can’t really share much else at this point, but by the end of this year we should be able to announce something regarding it.”
The last home console version of the game, Dragon Quest VIII, was one of the best RPG’s of the last decade, and potentially of all time. I can’t wait to see how Level-5 and the DQ trio (Yuji Horii, Koichi Sugiyama, and Akira Toriyama) work their magic on Nintendo’s system.