Dragon Quest X Website Launches; 8-Bit Version in the Works

Posted by Tim Sheehy on Sep 6, 2011 in Videogames |

Dragon Quest X Website

It’s crazy. Just last week I wrote about the upcoming Dragon Quest Collection for the Nintendo Wii, noting that that it might come with a teaser for Dragon Quest X. All of a sudden, Square Enix has decided to launch the official Dragon Quest X website, and followed it up with a special press conference where they discussed some of the game’s upcoming features. While it appears that the game may feature several hours of offline play at the start of the adventure, the majority of the game will take place online and require an internet connection to play. A screenshot revealed what appeared a MMO-esque environment, featuring multiple characters on screen with their unique usernames above their avatars. Despite that, it seems the game can be completely on your own and won’t require you to socialize with others despite having the option to do so.

Of course, that’s not all. A section of text located at the official Dragon Quest web portal seems to indicate that the game will also require a monthly “usage fee.” One could speculate that this means a subscription-based platform will be in place, similar to Final Fantasy XI or XIV’s. I really hope this isn’t the case, but its looking more and more like it won’t be an option. They’ve also announced that game will be released on both the Wii and Wii-U with some 3DS interaction but more surprisingly, that they’re in the process of developing a version of the game for the Famicom — or as most of you know it, the 8-Bit Nintendo Entertainment System. How that’s going to be distributed is beyond me, but I imagine it will likely be available via Nintendo’s virtual console marketplace for both the Wii, Wii-u and handheld platforms. Crazy, right? I’m excited and scared at the same time.

Dragon Quest X MMO Screenshot

Dragon Quest X Famicom screenshot

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