Many of the off-air conversations we have when we’re recording the podcast revolve around Shelby and Micah talking about how they live in the wrong country. Japan gets all this cool gaming related stuff that we just don’t get over here in the United States. One of those things that make me wish I lived in Japan is the upcoming Dragon Quest X. The game is coming to Wii and it is going to be one of the biggest online experiences that you’ll get on a Nintendo console.
Japanese gamers were recently able to get signed up to participate in a beta for the game and word is going out now that final preperations are being made for the Japanese Beta of Dragon Quest X. I’ve participated in a few betas over the years, but this was one I really wanted to get into and I just won’t be able to.
The game hasn’t been officially announced for North America just yet, but with the success of the last few games in the franchise it makes total sense that the game will be coming to this continent as well.
Initial news of the upcoming Dragon Quest X: Awakening of the Five Tribes had me really excited for the game. It was going to be a new DQ experience on a console that’s really needed a game like that. We knew it was going to have some online components, but now it’s looking like there might actually be more than first imagined.
According to a report from Siliconera the game will require a permanent online connection in order to play, though, according to Square Enix the first few hours of the game will be playable offline. After that you’ll have to be on the internet in order to play the game. In addition to that there is also a subscription fee that is going to be charged in order to play the game.
This is not the first time that this has happened as Monster Hunter Tri also required a fee to be paid in order to play the game. That was a Capcom release and only required in Japan. It was not brought to North America. No pricing has been announced or if this will mean additional content to people who pay the fee.
Regardless I’m less interested in the game if I have to pay a montly fee in order to play the game. There’s a reason I don’t play MMO’s. Once I’ve made my initial purchase of the game I want to be able to experience everything I’ve bought on the disc. I don’t play enough of these games to justify spending more money in order to play it and I certainly don’t want to have to pay the fee should I decide to play the game again down the road.
We’ve covered the announcement of Dragon Quest X pretty extensively over the last few hours. We want to gauge the excitement level of this community. Are you excited about the announcement of Dragon Quest X and what platform are you going to pick it up on?
Holidays mean that there’s not a lot that’s going on that’s going to be news worthy. PR companies are closed and new screenshots aren’t being sent out. We’re going to get you everything we can today, but it’s been pretty slow. I spent the morning out with the family playing at the park and wading in the creek. It’s the first time it hasn’t been 100+ degrees in a long time so we took advantage of the mid 70 degree weather.
Obviously the biggest news of the day is the official announcement of Dragon Quest X: Awakening of the Five Tribes. This was a game that was announced by in 2008 and was only briefly talked about. Since then there has been little to no word on the game. This is going to be an online enabled Japanese style RPG that appears to be very similar to the previous two entries in the series.
The Dragon Quest event that we talked about earlier is going on as we speak. I’m following the coverage through and English translation on Andriasang and these are the details of the game that we know so far.
Dragon Quest X: Awakening of the Five Tribes is coming to Wii, and it’s going to be online. The exact wording of this was speculative as to whether it was an MMO style game or more like Dragon Quest IX in that you could just party up with people to do the questing. Much like the previous entry on the DS you can play the entire game by yourself with AI controlled characters tagging along. The visual style is very reminiscent of the Playstation 2’s Dragon Quest VIII with cel-shaded characters and environments.
The game is set in a world called Astoria which is the home to five races of people; elves, ogres, dwarves, pukuripo and Wedi. They inhabit the five different continents of the world. Much like with DQ IX you’ll create your own character and take it into the world. The job classes are returning and you’ll be able to change them throughout the game.
For anyone wondering if there will be DLC for the game it has been confirmed that the post launch DLC that was present on the DS will be back for Wii as they are planning a number of quests to be available post launch, and you can expect them to come out as often as they did on the DS.
For anyone that wants to wait a little while there is going to be a Wii U version that will be better in the graphics department, but will interact with the same world on the Wii and both systems will be able to play together. There is also a 3DS version in the works that will allow you to take your character on the go to use StreetPass functionality.
There is apparently going to be an online beta in some form. How this is going to work I’m not sure about. I’ll get more details for you as they come along.
So the Wii does one have big killer piece of software left in the tank and it’s going to be huge. Level 5 has been the development team behind the previous versions of the game, but this is going to be the first game to be developed internally by Square Enix. I’ve been a big fan of this franchise from the beginning and I’m glad it’s stuck to its roots as much as it has. Let’s hope that tradition continues and the Wii can go out in style, but it does look like all of Nintendo’s platforms will be getting in on the Dragon Quest fun.
Dragon Quest X: Awakening of the Five Tribes is scheduled to come out sometime in 2012.
I don’t think that anyone can argue that the release schedule for the Wii for the remainder of the year looks a bit barren and bleak for North America. We only know of a handful of titles that are coming out between now and January 1st. Those titles include Rhythm Heaven, Kirby Returns to Dreamland and The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. There are some high profile titles coming out for areas outside of North America, but there’s one title that I haven’t heard anything about in quite a long time that I’m very worried about the future of; Dragon Quest X.
This game was originally announced way back in 2008 around the time we also began to see a lot of information for Dragon Quest IX for the DS. It was announced by Yuji Horii that the game would be coming to the Wii at some point in the future. Square Enix and Nintendo were both concerned that the franchise doesn’t do as well here in North America so they were going to work closely together, possibly even going so far as to have Nintendo publish the title. This was seen as a way to bolster the profile of the game in this region. They tried the same thing with Dragon Quest IX on the DS and it worked.
It hasn’t really been that long since Dragon Quest IX was released for the Nintendo DS, but even before it came out we knew that the next edition of the popular RPG was announced for the Wii. It’s been a few years since we heard that announcement and not much has been heard about the game in that time. The latest edition of Nintendo Power has an interview with Yuji Horii and in it he talks about DQX and the Wii. Not only does he say the game is still on track and scheduled for Wii, but we can expect to hear an announcement about the game before the end of the year.
Nintendo Power: Do you see any advantages to making Dragon Quest on a home console again?
Yuji Horii: The next Dragon Quest game, Dragon Quest X, will actually be released on Wii. I feel that some users will want to play Dragon Quest on the big screen, which is why we are working toward releasing it on Wii. Of course, in the future we might develop on handhelds again, so it’s really a case-by-case basis. It all depends on what the customer wants at that time. Something else we hear is that players want a new Dragon Quest that follows the same system of Dragon Quest VIII, so that’s something else we’re taking into consideration while in development for a Dragon Quest on Wii.
Nintendo Power: Is development on Dragon Quest X proceeding smoothly?
Yuji Horii: 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.
You can bet that I’m very excited about this news and can’t wait to have Dragon Quest appear on a Nintendo home console again for the first time in a few years. We’ll definitely have more on the franchise as the news comes out.