After much waiting, Dragon Quest fans in Japan finally have a solid release date for the next game in the series, Dragon Quest X. Publisher Square Enix has announced that the Wii title will be out on shelves on August 2 in Japan.
The standard version will be sold for ¥6,980 ($86) while the bundle containing a USB memory card will cost ¥8,980 ($111). If gamers are to buy the standard version, they will need to use their own USB memory card with at least 16GB inside.
Since Dragon Quest X is a subscription-based game, both versions will come with 20 days of free online play. The subscription fee plan is as follows: ¥1,000 ($12) for 30 days, ¥1,950 ($24) for 60 days, and ¥2,900 ($35) for 90 days. Payment can be made either by credit card or by using Wii points via Nintendo points cards. Players will be able to create up to three characters per account.
Square Enix will also host a "Kids Time" program where children can play Dragon Quest X for free for a specific period of time. There is no word on the previously announced Wii U version of the game at this point in time, or North American or European release dates.