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.
Amazon France has recently put up a listing for Dragon Quest X on Wii U. The massively multiplayer online role-playing game is due to be released in Japan on Saturday, March 30th. Developer Square Enix has yet to announce a Western release for the game, but I’m sure it would be more than welcome. Hopefully other online retailers will follow suit.
Square Enix and Nintendo have released the first pack shot of the Dragon Quest X Wii U Premium Bundle which is due for release in Japan when the game launches on March 30th. You can watch the latest trailer for the long-awaited game, here.
Square Enix has released a brand new trailer showcasing the enhanced visuals of Dragon Quest X on Wii U. As we found out earlier today, there are a number of people struggling to gain access to the Dragon Quest X beta due to a problematic error code. Dragon Quest X is already available in Japan for Wii and launches for Wii U on March 30th.
Square Enix has announced that the Wii U version of Dragon Quest X: Rise of the Five Tribes Online will launch on March 30 for 6,980 yen in Japan. You’ll be able to purchase the game from both retail outlets or through the Wii U eShop. The game contains 20 days of free play and from there on out you will need to pay. Those Wii owners who own the Wii version of the game will be offered a discounted download version of the game for 3,490 yen.
Square Enix is now in the red after the company failed to meet sales expectations for the period of April to December 2012. The blame is partly thought to lay with the company’s Dragon Quest X which is currently available on Wii in Japan. MSN Japan says that sales of the game have failed to meet the company’s expectations. However, Square Enix says that sales of Dragon Quest X are making steady progress. Dragon Quest X comes out on Wii U in Japan next month.
“The slump is reportedly down to the company’s new online RPG venture, Dragon Quest X,” reports MSN. “While the disappointing financial turn for the company can be partially attributed to the burden of running the new online service, it is also down to game sales not meeting expectations. The Wii (and soon to be Wii U) game is however, making ‘steady progress’ according to Square Enix.