There are only a handful of games that cause the Japanese to take days off work and queue all night. One of those games series is Dragon Quest, and Square Enix has just announced Dragon Quest X (official title: Dragon Quest X Mezameshi Itsutsu no Shuzoku) which is set to see a release next year.With Dragon Quest IX the game made an unexpected leap to a mobile platform in the form of the DS, but it worked and sold millions in its first weekend on sale. This time around Square Enix have decided to release on two platforms at the same time: the Wii and the Wii U. The main difference seems to be better visuals for Wii U owners, but otherwise the same game.The other big change is the focus on online play. DQX won’t be the typical JRPG we have come to expect from the series. Instead, the gameplay will require players go online, create a party with other players, and explore the world together. Importantly, Wii and Wii U players will inhabit the same online world making it possible for friends to play together regardless of what generation Nintendo hardware they own. The 3DS will also play a role, allowing for data exchanges and character transfers.What’s unclear at the moment is whether the game will carry a monthly charge. Based on an information page on the official Dragon Quest portal it looks like that may be the case as both price and a “usage fee” are featured, but with a “TBA” where the pricing should be.One final difference comes from the development of the game which is happening internally at Square Enix. On previous games development would be handled by another studio like Level 5, but fans should be glad to hear Yuji Hori, Koichi Sugiyama, and Akira Toriyama are all involved. The fact that Square Enix has a lot of experience developing the Final Fantasy MMOs makes this a sensible decision.Read more at AndriasangMatthew’s OpinionI’m sure there’s going to be more than a few Dragon Quest fans upset by the fact this game is effectively an MMO instead of a JRPG, but then you can understand why Square Enix decided to go down this route. One of the most popular games series in recent times has been Monster Hunter, which uses a similar feature of going online and forming a party. Add the popularity of such a gameplay system with the massive popularity of Dragon Quest and it makes sense to try it.Choosing the Wii also makes a lot of sense due to the massive installed user base. It also seems to be the easiest system to get an online game working on compared to other current gen consoles, plus the Wii U is going to be the first next-gen machine future proofing the popularity and availability to Dragon Quest X to a large extent.My only hope is that Square Enix either keeps the monthly subscription very low or makes it optional for certain extra features. I also wonder what chance, if any, this game now has of heading to Western markets. But then the Final Fantasy MMOs came West, so why not Dragon Quest?
"Square Enix reveals Dragon Quest X for Wii and Wii U"