DQX in the house

Square Enix's press conference in Japan has been and gone, and now we finally have information about Dragon Quest X.

Officially titled Dragon Quest X Mezameshi Itsutsu no Shuzoku Online — roughly meaning Dragon Quest X: The Wake of the Five Tribes Online — the game will see release on Wii in 2012, with an enhanced Wii U version promised too, Square Enix pledging cross-platform play between them.

Yes, that's right — for the first time in a numbered game, Dragon Quest is going online, with players partying up to take on the quests and monsters that await in the new world. The game will support Wii Remote and Nunchuk, Classic Controller Pro and keyboard for chatting, though no mention of Wii Speak or headset compatibility yet. Dragon Quest creator Yuji Horii also discussed the possibility of using the 3DS for StreetPass and SpotPass modes, though nothing formal was announced.

Interestingly the Wii version ships with a USB memory stick, which will most likely be used for downloadable content and patches in future.

It's yet to be decided whether the game will come with a subscription fee, or of course whether it'll launch outside of Japan, but here's hoping for good news on both counts.

[source andriasang.com]