Square Enix has revealed the titles it will be showcasing at the upcoming Gamescom. On Consoles and PC, the titles include Final Fantasy XIV, Kingdom Hearts 2.5 HD Remix, Lara Croft and the Temple of Orisis, and Nosgoth. For handhelds and mobile, the list is Dragon Quest IV, Dragon Quest VIII, and Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call.
Gamescom will run from August 13 to 17.
Dragon Quest X will be making the jump to 3DS, Square Enix announced. The port will launch on September 4, priced at 3800 yen, and will include a 60-day free trial code, an in-game Lemon Slime Board Prism vehicle, five XP boost items, a casino coin ticket, a poster, and a lottery card. The fee structure remains the same at 1500 yen per month, 650 yen for 10 days, or 350 yen for 3 days.
Dragon Quest series creator Yuji Horii, during a recent radio interview, confirmed that Dragon Quest XI is now in development. Few exact details were given at this time, though Horii mentioned wanting to play the title on a big screen, and that the series’ 30th anniversary is 2016.
Dragon Quest series producer Yosuke Saito announced via Twitter that Dragon Quest X has exceeded one million sales in Japan.
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Square Enix has announced that Dragon Quest Monsters 2 will hit the 3DS in Japan on February 6, priced at 5,490 yen. The limited edition adds figurines of Iru and Luca for a total of 6,990 yen, while a 3DS XL bundle includes the game and system (with a themed design) for 24,390 yen.
Square Enix has just announced that Dragon Quest Monsters 2 will see a remake for the 3DS. While no release date or price were announced, an official website is available here.
Dragon Quest X, the MMORPG entry in the popular series, is coming to the PC in Japan. Retail and digital versions run at 3,990 yen, and include a 20-day free trial. A Special Pack edition throws in a security token, a DQX game controller for PC, monster illustration book, world map, and code for an in-game item, bringing the price up to 9,800 yen.
Paired with the announcement was the launching of a beta test, a benchmark for which may be downloaded here. Applications are handled through the benchmark utility.
Square Enix has announced that, having released on the Wii back in August, Dragon Quest X will make its Wii U debut starting March 30. Priced at 6980 yen, the title will be available in both retail and download versions, and both will include 20 days of free play. A beta test is planned for March 6, and players will be able to transition their beta characters to the full version.
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Square Enix has announced their 3DS redux of Dragon Quest VII will hit Japan on February 7. No global release was confirmed at this time.
Square Enix has announced that the Wii U beta test for Dragon Quest X will start in February, with vouchers for the beta to be included with Wii U Premium Set editions. As the Wii and Wii U playerbase will share the same server, Wii character data can be imported to the Wii U.
DQX is set to launch on the Wii U sometime next year.
Via the latest issue of Jump, a 3DS remake of Dragon Quest VII is confirmed to be in development. While few details are available at this time, the game is planned to release in February 2013.
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Dragon Quest X sold some 420,000 copies in its first week in Japan, an expected drop in comparison to its offline predecessors. For reference, Final Fantasy XI also sold significantly fewer copies on launch than prior entries, yet is currently the most profitable Square Enix title to date.
As part of post-launch updates, Square Enix doubled the number of servers for the game, with modifications under way for each server to increase their capacity. Furthermore, the company announced plans to support the game about ten years, with revisions and updates roughly every ten weeks. Downloadable content is also planned, though no details were given at this time.