Dragon Quest X Uses Streaming Tech to Come to 3DS in Japan

The 3DS MMO will require you to be online in order to play.

While Dragon Quest fans continue to await news regarding an international release of the latest game in the series, Dragon Quest X, Square Enix has announced that the MMO is coming to a new platform in Japan later this year. The newly announced 3DS version is set for release in September, and to make it possible, the game will run using a streaming system.

Similar to the Android version that's already available, you'll have to be connected to the Internet with your system in order to play. As the vast majority of the game already requires an online connection, this is not as much of an impediment as it might seem at first blush. One of the upsides to this system is the fact that players will be able to play alongside those playing on other platforms, including Wii, Wii U, and PC. This also means 3DS owners should expect a relatively comparable experience (screen size aside), although the game's use of the touchscreen is, shall we say, underwhelming.

Like other versions of the game, DQX on 3DS still requires a subscription fee in order to play. The 3DS version being released on September 4 will retail for 3,800 yen (about $37) and includes some in-game items and 60 days of free play time. Once you've used that up, you'll have to purchase continued access in the form of a 3-day pass (350 yen, or $3.50), 10-day pass (650 yen, or $6.50), or 30-day pass (1,500 yen, or $15).

There is still no official word on DQX ever making it out of Japan, where it was originally released in 2012 on Wii. (We're still waiting on an international release of Dragon Quest VII on 3DS, too.) Earlier this year, Dragon Quest creator Yuji Horii revealed that the next game in the series is in development, though he didn't say whether that would be Dragon Quest XI or a spin-off or some sort.

Are you still interested in DQX, or after such a long wait, do you no longer care if it's ever released internationally? Let us know in the comments.

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43 comments
smallville0608
smallville0608

Lost some interest after seeing the online requirement, lost the rest after reading the monthly charge.

amaneuvering
amaneuvering

They can go f off with this kind of rip-off subscription fee just to play one single game.

Delston
Delston

3DS is my solution to two hours on the bus everyday between home and work.  WTH sort of sense does "always online" make on a portable device that only supports wi-fi?

xGarrettThiefX
xGarrettThiefX

I picked up DQ9 Sentinels the other day and I can say unequivocally that it is hands down one of the best RPGs I have played in a long time. Although I'm unsure about the $15/month sub fee !? wtf !

stalters
stalters

I initially bought the Wii in hopes of this game!!! The solo DQ game sucked for Wii!!! I want this game, but on Wii U now....3DS would be fine as well.


sakaixx
sakaixx

announce a console dragon quest dammit -.- I think it's about time we get a console successor.

Gen007
Gen007

Only in japan will you find an always online mmo on a handheld.

sdinh225
sdinh225

Bah, I wouldn't mind trying at the MMO concept on the 3ds but Japan exclusive + subscription based = no go for me either way :/

abcdefgabcdefgz
abcdefgabcdefgz

Its not like there are tons of sp rpgs anymore why cant we get a new dq single player rpg like dragon quest 8? No one wants an mmo except them because it costs way more money.

fgjnfgh
fgjnfgh

shit, this is going to ruin Pokemon for me

Darksimm
Darksimm

Been dying for this MMO to come over this side of the planet since 2012.. Wish they would stop dragging their collective 

as ses and release it here already

Gotenks1215
Gotenks1215

DQ9 for the DS was one of the best games I've ever played. I really hope they make a new traditional DQ and bring it state-side.

kitty
kitty moderator moderator

Well looks like I'll be passing on this. I wanted to get into these games, but this will make me look elsewhere. It would have been nice to see a regular rpg game, instead of a mmo.

Halloll
Halloll

is he riding on a yellow slime segway?

xeidog69
xeidog69

I was really excited for the Wii U hd version I have seen trailers of over a year ago. The Wii U version is amazing looking and it never made it here. I would gladly buy and play the Wii U version for many hours but my interest has lowered because I do not want to face the dissapointment that it probably will never make its way to the US.

Lhomity
Lhomity

"The 3DS MMO will require you to be online in order to play."

Well done, GameSpot.

jasongm
jasongm

I didn't even know DQX was a MMO till i saw this news feed, I was like "Yesssss a MMO for my 3DS and guess what Jason... its not free" lol.

Halloll
Halloll

what's the difference between an MMORPG and traditional RPG? one is an infinite grind fest that take you nowhere while the other one is fun.

frozenuxx
frozenuxx

A MMO requiring an online connection? WHAT HAS THIS WORLD COME TO?!!! 

starhowl
starhowl

Oh no, please - not another MMO! T_T

Zorlac
Zorlac

So having to be online for a MMO is news these days?

chronoschris
chronoschris

I really wish they'd stop messing up this franchise and begin production on a DQVIII HD Remaster for all current gen consoles then move onto making DQXI and stop making it Nintendo exclusive.

homelessgamer
homelessgamer

Dragon Quest yeah!.....MMO.....oh.....never mind

UbdU
UbdU

I got excited when I saw Dragon Quest X, and when I saw MMO, I went back to normal.

freedom01
freedom01 moderator moderator

eh......not a fan of subscription based mmos

Getesh
Getesh

This news is completely useless on an english speaking site. The fact that there isn't any word on an international version even on pc means this article means nothing to those who cannot read japanese. 

alexandrious32
alexandrious32

@sdinh225 Read top comment, I think Western Localization + Subscription based = I want.

alexandrious32
alexandrious32

@kitty Its ok kiten. you can play it just like a regular RPG game, its different from the mmos your used to seeing. Just read what I said in my large comment above, and look more into the game like most people fail to do before criticizing it.

plasmatic5
plasmatic5

@kitty  Don't worry. You would have been passing anyway unless you lived in Japan. DQ is quickly becoming a Japan-only series despite it having a good following in the West.

sanchango
sanchango

@Lhomity I mean, DID YOU KNOW? AN MMO THAT REQUIRES ONLINE CONNECTION IN ORDER TO PLAY?! THAT'S UNHEARD OF!!! :O

alexandrious32
alexandrious32

@Halloll You dont seem to know much, its all fun, and youll get somewhere, it has a story, just like any other Dragon quest, read my top comment. 

plasmatic5
plasmatic5

@Halloll  Supposedly DQX is supposed to be very different from most MMORPGs. They developed the game so that it can be completed single-player and they even have a server dedicated for single-player run-throughs. From the sound of it, it really shouldn't be a grind fest.

sanchango
sanchango

@frozenuxx Next thing you know they'll be telling us people die when they are killed.

alexandrious32
alexandrious32

@chronoschris Nope, franchise is getting stronger, they didnt mess up, if you knew more about the game, you would be begging for it to come here, read my comment up top. 

alexandrious32
alexandrious32

@freedom01 Heh, DQX is a far different mmo than your thinking. Read my comment up top, the long one. 

The_Last_Paladi
The_Last_Paladi

@freedom01 I think this is why Square has not brought the game over to the states, maybe?  Then again FFXIV is doing well....

freedom01
freedom01 moderator moderator

@The_Last_Paladi @freedom01 I mostly have a good reason, since I dont play long sessions (due to work), paying subscription is a waste of money for me