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Dragon Quest X Release Date Announced For Japan

Posted by Orla Madden

The quest begins in the east

Square Enix has revealed today that it is set to release Dragon Quest X in Japan on 30th March.

Boasting the same content as the Wii release, the Wii U version has enhanced graphics and the option to play the game entirely on the Wii U GamePad. The MMO RPG will retail at 6,980 yen (that's around €55 / £48 / $75) and will include a ticket for 20 days of free online play.

Nintendo is set to release a Dragon Quest X hardware bundle featuring a premium Wii U console, the game, a black Pro Controller, a prepaid card worth 1,000 yen (€7 / £6 / $11) that can be used in the game and five super health orbs which help boost experience. The package will cost 42,000 yen (€334 / £292 / $453).

No news has come to light about the game getting a release in the West, and seeing as the Wii version hasn't had any word about being localized, it's hard to tell if it will journey outside of Japan.

What do you think — would you like to see a Dragon Quest X announcement for Europe and the US? We think we know the answer already, but let us know anyway.


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CanisWolfred said:

If we get any version, it'll be this one. We shouldn't even think about a localization until FF14 comes out, though. That's diverting enough resources for S-E as it is.



Pikachupwnage said:

Wii U sales are going to pick up alot at the end of march in Japan with Game and wario hitting on the 28th and this on the 30th(with a bundle no less)



Captain_Balko said:

I'm kind of torn about this one. On one hand, Dragon Quest is my absolute favourite RPG series of all time, and arguably my favourite series in all of gaming. The game looks phenominal and I would probably pour hundreds of hours into it. That being said, I'm not really all that fond of MMORPG games. I could easily get over this if the game didn't require a MONTHLY FEE! I just can't justify paying sixty dollars for a game and then paying an additional price every month in order to enjoy it. I love Dragon Quest, but monthly fees really don't work for me.



DePapier said:

@Haxonberik I don't really understand though: since when do we have to pay for online play on a Nintendo console?? Did it ever happen in Europe?



ToxieDogg said:

@Haxonberik Monster Hunter Tri wasn't a Square Enix game though, and they were quite happy to charge a monthly fee for Final Fantasy XI outside of Japan. They also announced last year that Final Fantasy XI had been the most profitable game in the franchise, so if Dragon Quest X becomes popular in Japan and if they bring it to the West, I wouldn't be surprised if we get the same charges.



Void said:

So, I'm guessing 2016 for the rest of the world? If that's the case it might even beat Kidd Tripp's release...




Defo interested in DQ X, but very much so NOT the monthly fee aspect. Surprised they didin't choose the 3DS instead of the Wii to run the game. Do A MH3 style link up with the 3DS and Wii U. Anyway, prob will stick with DQ VII if localised (?)



Kyloctopus said:

Nintendo said they are focussing on Japanese games getting localised. Hopefully this was one of the games they were referring to.
Consoles need more MMOs



Kirk said:

I'm sorry but I simply cannot accept the idea of paying £50 for the game upfront and then an extra £6 every month. I just disagree with the very idea in principle. If you're going to charge a monthly fee to play your game then you should at least sell the initial game for close to nothing. In fact, this probably should have been a digital download or something so they could make it free to get the game initially and then they could do the whole monthly fee thing. Not that I'd ever pay a monthly fee to play a single game anyway.



CanisWolfred said:

@MrWalkieTalkie You get a few hours of singleplayer, then you have to pay a fee to see the rest of the game.

@Kirk It's a massive game, though, and one that is getting frequent content updates. It's not like you won't be getting your money's worth if you do pay a subscription, and it's honestly the best way for this game to stay profitable. Otherwise it becomes a massive moneysink.



Bankai said:

This game has hundred of hours of content, literally.

A monthly fee is perfectly reasonable.



theblackdragon said:

"You get a few hours of singleplayer, then you have to pay a fee to see the rest of the game."

Forget that! DLC is one thing, but to have to pay a fee just to be able to complete the main storyline? Ridiculous.



retro_player_22 said:

I hate stuff that had fees so I probably won't be getting this, if it's like Monster Hunter Tri and the online is free for NA then maybe I'll consider but for me to pay $60 for the game and another $5-$10 just to play online is not my way of playing a Dragon Quest game.



TheAdza said:

Who knows if it will even be released outside of Japan. The only way it would be was if Nintendo published it. And if they did, I would doubt Nintendo would charge a monthly fee. I would however guess that they would charge a yearly fee after some free time to get hooked.



CanisWolfred said:

@AmishThunder I'm guessing you're being sarcastic. If so, then that's certainly how I feel. It's rediculous to ask for that amount of content to be free, IMO.



Dreamcaster-X said:

I'd really like to get my hands on this on and give it a go. I love the Dragon Quest games, my only concern is I hope they continue to release stand alone titles in the series. This hasn't sold as well in Japan as they had hoped. Some people just don't wanna play online & while I'm willing to give it a shot, I still want more single player games too!



ajcismo said:

Love the Dragon Quest games, and will buy this the minute it comes out in the states... Which I'm not holding my breath that it'll happen anytime soon.



TheRegginator said:

I'll buy DQ7 when it gets localized and I'll buy DQ8 if it gets remade for the 3DS or Wii U, but I definitely won't buy DQ10 because of the monthly payment scheme.



Captain_Balko said:

But it really isn't fair. Sure, it's lots of content, but DQ9 also had an absurd amount of content. So do many JRPGs. The fact of the matter is, saying "well, we're giving you lots of content" does not justify a monthly fee. If they say, "Well, you can have much MORE content if you pay a monthly fee," that's different. I'm already paying 60$ for the game, couldn't I get a full single player story for my troubles. If the online content costs money, fine. But at least give us a choice in the matter.



Bankai said:

I wonder if the people who are complaining about monthly fees have played FFXI.

If not, then you really don't understand what @CanisWolfred is talking about when he says "lots of content."

He means LOTS of content.

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