Dragon Quest X landing on Wii and Wii U in 2012

Next title in the Dragon Quest franchise will have an online focus when it debuts on Nintendo's platforms.

During the recent Dragon Quest 25th anniversary press conference held in Japan, Square Enix announced that the 10th title in the Dragon Quest role-playing game franchise, Dragon Quest X: Rise of the Five Tribes will be making its way to the Wii. The event was streamed on Square Enix's Ustream channel.

The official logo of the 10th Dragon Quest game (via the Square Enix Ustream)

Nier and Drakengard producer Yosuke Saito will be acting as producer on the new title, alongside director and franchise creator Yuji Horii and character designer Akira Toriyama. Tailored after the likes of World of Warcraft and EverQuest, Dragon Quest X is billed as an online RPG, but Saito stated that gamers can play the game solo.

The first game trailer on the stream showed off five different races banding together to defeat monsters in turn-based fashion. Just like previous titles, players can select skills and magic spells from menus during fights, as well as customize their character's skills and equipment out of combat. Users can also create their own clothes in the game's new sewing system.

Dragon Quest X is also going to be released on Nintendo's upcoming Wii U platform, with enhanced graphics. Both versions of the game will be sharing the same world. Horii also let on that he is working on an idea where players can transfer character data onto a Nintendo 3DS, obtain StreetPass data from the device, and transfer the data back onto the Wii or Wii U to see online players they've met.

According to Horii, Dragon Quest X will be out in 2012. Beta testing details will be announced shortly at the game's official site. For more information on its predecessor, check out GameSpot's coverage on Dragon Quest IX.

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MalakTawus
MalakTawus

I want this on ps3 :( ....oh well,i guess i'll play it on the Wii since there is no way that i'll buy the Wii U.

Conjuration
Conjuration

Count me out if there's an online fee attached. Plus I'm not too thrilled about having to play this on Wii. Poor platform choice SE.

da_chub
da_chub

what i can see this working with that WiiMMO patent thingy...

awesomejaime
awesomejaime

@grack21 and @thereandback21 thank you! I hope fees don't reach our shores though. Outside of Japan a fee would definitely make the game flop.

Shadow_Fire41
Shadow_Fire41

if theres a pay to play system going (other then the intial purchase of course) im out, there are other MMOs i have my eye on at the moment, one being free to play after purchase.

mijahi
mijahi

The Dragon Warrior/Quest franchise has long been my favorite game franchise. Ever since I played DW1-4 on the NES, I have eagerly awaited every DQ game that has been released in NA. I can't believe I'm saying this...but I'm not eagerly awaiting DQX. I'm actually very saddened and disheartened in the direction it looks like they are taking my beloved franchise.

moviequest14
moviequest14

@ Oni_Taedo : Amen to that! :P The very ideas of ds and wii were labeled as ''gimmicks'' yet Sony having a ps3 extension almost identical in use isn't and some of (imo) the most gimmicky features possible on the vita (like tilting vita forward to duck and the very idea of a back touch pad) are considered fine if not innovation.

moviequest14
moviequest14

@ decoy1978 : That is the problem >''Now if a video game compares itself to say WoW AND EQ, the first thing it will be is that its an..... M M O. '' there is all this hysteria and complaining (not necessarily all by you but in general) over one sentence that doesn't even necessarily confirm that this is an mmo...only people speculating that is what it means.People are acting like SE went ahead and said that it was a mmo when they never said the like,only listed 2 games that could possibly have other similarities besides mmo's...there is still not one bit of actual proof/evidence that it will be an mmo and until then I don't think everyone should be jumping to conclusions and getting worked up over what could be nothing. (Would also like to note that even if they did have a strongly online-influenced feature that still wouldn't make it an mmo as an mmo is a TYPE OF GAME so it would either need to be completely a mmo or completely not.)

grack21
grack21

@awesomejaime The only being able to play the first few hours offline was in a press release.

ToTs_00
ToTs_00

An MMO for the Wii? Interesting....

burgo81
burgo81

i have a feeling that this will fall flat on it's face

josecer
josecer

personally i dont like RPG but i still dont like RPG...hahahhhahahhaha not offending RPG fans

moviequest14
moviequest14

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decoy1978
decoy1978

@moviequest14 When you describe something as similar to anything, I'm going to infer that it will copy all the major strong points that defined that item. If a movie describes itself as "like Avatar". The first things I'm going to think of is that its set in space, blue people, and EXCELLENT CG. Now if a video game compares itself to say WoW AND EQ, the first thing it will be is that its an..... M M O. And that is what DQX is shaping up to be. It could be a casual MMO like Perfect World, but an MMO nonetheless. Now how massive it will be depends on the number of purchasers. Yes, the game is soloable, but knowing SE and their love for all things online, it will not surprise me if only the best loot comes from bosses that do require you to jump online and play with high level friends.

moviequest14
moviequest14

@ decoy1978 : That is my point exactly...those are the the most famous pc games of all time (besides maybe Sims) ..that is why I hold little regard as to what Square Enix has to say about it being ''akin'' to WoW or EQ.....even if the only similarities were that you played as a hero they would be anxious to claim that for the name-power both those titles have...and since those titles are such big titles I think that means it is more likely that the definition of what is ''akin'' is much wider than the definition they would use for say...Perfect World or Lucentheart (while not really ''small'' titles not as large as the 2 listed) take,for example,so many movies comparing themselves to Avatar when there really are few likenesses...but Avatar is the highest selling movie of all time so they figure if they compare the movie to Avatar people will say ''Hey I loved Avatar so I will like this!''.

MadGamer132
MadGamer132

great! it least they choose to make it in both the wii and wii u!

Land-0-Funk
Land-0-Funk

A JRPG series that you can still respect. Can't wait! :D

decoy1978
decoy1978

I do believe that the game is meant to be played solo with an emphasis of online play that borders into the MMO genre. However as a fan of both SQUARESOFT and ENIX in the 90's I am just utterly disappointed in Square Enix. When they first announced the merger of these two RPG Powerhouses years ago, I actually thought future RPG's coming from these companies would be the Master RPG of its console. Now, every time I hear that SE will release an RPG I start to worry. They messed up a few of my all-time favorites; FF and Front Mission. And now they are turning DQ into what seems like a casual FFXI. SE just can't seem to put down the MMO bug... and I'm not saying they should. Lightning can strike again as it did for them in FFXI, but after the nightmarish release of FFXIV I am now extremely cautious of the words MMO and SE in the same paragraph. I hope that DQ X does well, its one of the last bastion of series that defined console RPG's today. Just don't let them butcher the name...

King-gamer
King-gamer

Interesting. Sounds like a great game. :D

awesomejaime
awesomejaime

@thereandback21 "you can only play the first few hours solo then you NEED to play online"? Where have you read that?

yoshisgirl2000
yoshisgirl2000

O.o i don't know weather this is such a good idea putting it on the wii u AND the wii. I mean I know that it's good for some that aren't planning on getting the WII U, but it also means that less people may be buying the U

Super-Poke-Bros
Super-Poke-Bros

@thisranks By the way, they haven't named Level-5, so it doesn't look like they'll be working on this, just Square Enix.

LinkLuigi
LinkLuigi

@Oni_Taedo Oh that is so true.

thereandback21
thereandback21

Yeah, SE blew it on this one, the first DQ console entry in years and you can only play the first few hours solo then you need to play online... really dissapointing. DQ 8 was perfect, was hoping for something along those lines... now not so interested.

Oni_Taedo
Oni_Taedo

@supa_badman Dude, all the Wii exclusives have been good, it's like, the only console this entire gen with decent exclusives. @moviequest14 Remember, it's only a gimmick until Sony does it, then it's INNAVASHUN!

atopp399
atopp399

Will probably end up like Monster Hunter Tri. The Japs had to pay for that game too but when it came to the US there was no charge. At least I hope that's the case, otherwise it's a no sale from me.

leeko_link
leeko_link

It better not suck as much as Final Fantasy XIV, I still don't get why they couldn't just make a traditional DQ game instead of turning it into an MMO. Nobody didn't really ask for a DQ MMO, Square Enix you know what game is perfect to be an MMORPG, ummm... it's called Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles. Yeah didn't really think of that did you.

mario-nin-freak
mario-nin-freak

I like the idea about using streepass on 3DS to get info for your games on Wii U, I thought of that a while ago.

clydeknightwind
clydeknightwind

DragonQuest X! Awesome! Can't wait to play it for days! "Sir, it's only for the Wii." ... Wait, what? You mean that kiddy console that doesn't have any redeeming factors? Great. Another game I won't be able to play.

thisranks
thisranks

@Lykanthropie Sony doesn't deserve a great RPG as an exclusive again? It's obvious you are a Ninfanboy. Funny, i was a big fan of Nintendo UNTIL the Wii. Played it and was turned off...never mind what was done to Twilight Princess. I will agree with FFXIII Vs. though. The more people that play it the better off SE is going to be for future games. As far as DragonQuest X goes....online? Ugh. RPGs are really being ruined with the addition of online. I never thought i would ever be turned off a Level 5 game until White Knight Chronicles. Now this with DQX? I rarely lay the smacketh down on Square Enix, but there's a first....and this is it. If this was a system seller for WiiU it just lost my purchase.

Lykanthropie
Lykanthropie

i would like to see FF Versus XIII on the wiiu, PS3 is to old it should run better on wiiu. Compared to PS3 exklusives - Sony would never deserve an great RPG as an exklusive again. JRPGs may could raise its old glory on a new nintendo system - and start on the wii. Games on Wii are just awesome. Cant say how long i played with the wii. But i never played a lot with my PS3 - The games that were really good are God of War 3 and demon souls and gow is over after 10 hours ... however i just would like to see a kickass console like the SNES, there isn't anything compareable, maybe the wii, but it will need some more good games ... more rpgs :-)

cprmauldin
cprmauldin

Seems like a fantastic idea, but there is also a lot of potential to mess up the series. I am looking forward to the title nonetheless.

decoy1978
decoy1978

@moviequest14 Are you kidding me now? You ask ANYONE that plays PC to give an example of an MMO and out of the Top 10 response, I guarantee you that WoW and EQ are in the Top 3. Are you telling me and the entire THREAD that you do not categorize WORLD OF WARCRAFT as an MMO? That EVERQUEST is not an MMO? /boggle You actually just lost ALL credibility right now when you said that... "online fantasy".... srsly....

widdowson91
widdowson91

@WolfGrey: Great games have been brought to motion. Just as a quick example Metroid Prime 3 utilizes the motion well. And if you don't like motion you could always play the games that don't utilize it much if at all, such as the Galaxy games, No More Heroes or Xenoblade Chronicles.

blackace
blackace

I was hoping it would come out this year, but at least I still have DQ IX to finish.

DesertLynx83
DesertLynx83

Dragon Quest MMO? This oughta be interesting.

shinmew
shinmew

@moviequest14 Well said!

shinmew
shinmew

Good, as long as I can play through it solo and it isn't just some mini quest-level grinding-time waster, I'll be happy. They already killed FF for me with the online versions, please don't kill DQ too. If this plays out like DQ9 I'll be ecstatic.

moviequest14
moviequest14

@ WolfGrey : This is where I have now noticed you as an extreme definition of what most gamers are.What you enjoy are what you feel are''hardcore''.In your eyes it is not that you like the games that are hard-core but the games are hard-core because you like them.Judging on your previous comments this view is even more-so justified by the fact you have only played 3 titles for wii yet feel as though you have the right to judge the entire hundreds and hundreds of wii games out there.The last ''nail-in-the-coffin'' is the fact you feel as though you can label the entire system as ''a waste'' just because you don't like most of the games.From a fact-based standpoint the wii has many highly-regarded or ''popular'' games...take The Super Mario Galaxy which is the highest rated platformer of all time...or Twilight Princess,or Super Smash Brawl yet another highly acclaimed game.Besides this non-existent ''extra depth'' that you add to try to make a difference there really is no difference in quality between these and say...Assassin's Creed.Your ''basis'' ultimately comes down to the fact that you only like a select type of game that,because you play it,is considered ''hardcore'' and anything other than that is ''casual'' since the wii has few games that interest just you then it is a waste of a system,despite the fact it is the highest sold console this gen and holds the record for most software sales within launch year passing ps2 by several million.

moviequest14
moviequest14

@ decoy1978 : But if they were billing it as just an mmo they wouldn't have had to use both WoW and EQ as comparison (both of which are fantasy)...they could've used Secondlife,Entropia Universe/Planet Calypso,Champions Online or any other mmo's but they chose 2 online FANTASY games which means the point they are trying to get across more is Fantasy Online function rather than mmo.The other reason they touted those are because those are 2 very well known/popular online fantasy games so those would be the names to include even if alikeness was microscopic.

tsunami2311
tsunami2311

seriously I want the game for the Ps3 dq is the only RPG Square hasnt screwed up as of late imo

DragonRift
DragonRift

As soon as I read "online focus", I lost all interest. :|

WolfGrey
WolfGrey

@Frame_Dragger I think it gives a chance to tell many stories at once and this may actually lead to a KOTOR 3.Perhaps, well i can dream. For now im in it for the stories that will be in it and learning all the back story i can in it.I wonder how long ill last til i have done everything in it lol.

WolfGrey
WolfGrey

@pizzamuncher OWNED 3.I rented many more and played others at my parents(who own a wii) as well with friends.

WolfGrey
WolfGrey

@Frame_Dragger KOTOR is quite alive.At least its story based lol

Oni_Taedo
Oni_Taedo

 @MalakTawus 

You'll just be screwing yourself out of good games.

Oh, wait... you did that by buying a PS3, never mind, continue.