Square Enix has given us a glimpse of the Nintendo 3DS version of Dragon Quest X. The popular MMORPG originally launched on the Wii U, Wii, and PC. However, Square Enix announced that Dragon Quest X will be heading to the Nintendo 3DS using state of the art online streaming via the cloud. The recently uploaded video gives us a mix of in-game footage splattered with CGI. Let’s just hope it makes it way over to the west.
Dragon Quest X will receive a physical retail release for Japan but a cartridge is not included. The popular MMORPG was announced for the 3DS last week and will arrive on September 4. It was thought Dragon Quest X would be a download-only title, however if you opt for the physical edition you will receive extra goodies. Rather than a cartridge, owners of retail copies will be provided with an eShop download code which can be used for 60 days of online play. Additional items included in the release are:
- Lemon Slime Board Prism
- Five large experience point ancient documents – which entitle players to 1,000 instant experience points
- A casino coin ticket of up to 1,000 casino coins
- A lottery card ticket – players will be randomly allocated in-game items
While we’ve still heard no further news regarding a western release, other than consideration from Square Enix, the 3DS version is the first online streaming game for the handheld. Hopefully we’ll hear more in the future if the 3DS version is a success.
Nintendo Japan has updated its 3DS software promotion to include upcoming titles for September. The campaign – which started in April and concludes in September – is looking to entice potential 3DS consumers with one free game of their choice. The Kyoto-based company provides a selection of popular 3DS games which are switched on a monthly basis, broadening the choice for consumers. Previous games announced in the software promotion have included Pokemon X & Y and Pokemon Art Academy.
The official website lists the following games up for grabs this September, along with the newly announced Dragon Quest X – the first 3DS online streaming game. With September as the final month of the campaign, consumers will be able to opt for the game of their choice in advance.
- Luigi’s Mansion 2
- Mario Kart 7
- Tomodachi Life (or Collection in Japan)
- Attack on Titan: The Last Wings of Mankind
- Dragon Quest X (available from September 4)
Square Enix has announced Dragon Quest X will be releasing for the Japanese 3DS later this year. The popular MMORPG, which is currently exclusive to Japan, is available on the Wii, Wii U and PC, selling over one million copies across all available platforms.
Although the 3DS version will reportedly lack 3D support, it will feature 60 days subscription, a number of posters, as well as in-game goodies. Plus, for those who own the game on either the Wii, Wii U or PC, the 3DS version will connect seamlessly to those devices and allow handheld users to play alongside them.
Dragon Quest X is set to release in Japan on September 4, priced at 3,800 yen plus tax. Western fans will have to remain patient for now as Square Enix has yet to announce any localisation, despite the publisher’s consideration in the past.
Senior Research Analyst, David Gibson, has tweeted that Square Enix is considering bringing Dragon Quest X to overseas markets. This is not the first time that we’ve heard Square Enix suggest such a thing, but hopefully we will hear something concrete around E3 time. Would you like to play Dragon Quest X?
Dragon Quest X producer Yosuke Saitohas revealed to 4Gamer that the Wii U, PC, and Android title currently has 300.000 daily active players in Japan. User numbers increased for Dragon Quest X when the company released version 2 at the end of last year.
“We’ve only released the game in Japan, so you’ll be getting only Japan’s numbers, but we have about 300,000 people a day who actively enjoy the game. Thanks to having released version 2 at the end of last year, we’ve had even more active players since then.”
“At the time, we feared that version 2 could have actually decreased the amount of players. However, that didn’t happen so we were relieved. Well, it was a little unexpected that people who purchased version 2 and haven’t even been to Lendagia [One of the main continents in Dragon Quest X].”
Square Enix has announced that it’s teaming up with NTT Docomo to bring Dragon Quest X to smartphones. Docomo has revealed that they will be using a cloud gaming based platform to bring the former Nintendo exclusive to smartphone users. The company will also be collaborating with NTT Docomo to develop a Dragon Quest themed smartphone which comes pre-installed with a special Dragon Quest mobile title.
Square Enix is currently preparing to reveal a brand new expansion pack for its MMO, Dragon Quest X on Wii U and PC at this year’s Tokyo Game Show. The expansion pack for the game is titled The Ghost That Never Sleeps, and it will expand upon the main Dragon Quest X story by adding new things such as maps, systems, jobs, and crafts. The Tokyo Game Show begins September 19th.
Dragon Quest X producer Yosuke Saito has explained that the game could be released here in the west. Saito said that if Dragon Quest X did come to North America, Europe and Australia then it would be changed slightly to suit western markets. Saito concluded by saying that they would need to divide the running of it by country or region. Therefore, they are thinking about having separate servers for each country.
“Of course, however, as for whether it’ll be run in the Dragon Quest style in the overseas market, every nation has its own play style and sensibilities, so I don’t think it’ll be a single game worldwide like with Final Fantasy 11.”
“This is just my personal viewpoint, but different countries consume their games at different speeds and the way the communities are run also differ. Even the way people enjoy seasonal events is different, so I think we need to divide the running of it by country or region. So we’re thinking about having separate servers for each country.”
The latest edition of Japanese gaming publication Famitsu has revealed that the former Wii and Wii U exclusive Dragon Quest X will be coming to Windows-based PC’s. The Dragon Quest X PC Benchmark is available to check out here. You can also sign up for the beta, right here. Square Enix’s latest MMO will be coming to Windows on September 26th.