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.
All right, back in business once more. Hopefully we won’t be hit by another freak storm this weekend, but really it seems like the power dies if someone so much as coughs too loudly. Let’s get to the news before it happens again. Here’s what’s going down:
- Zynga starts getting hit with lawsuits regarding allegations of insider trading, with underwriters paid to help insiders offload stock before it fell. Also known as “Tuesday on Wall Street.”
- Not to be outdone, EA has also filed suit that Zynga copied The Sims Social to create The Ville. Man, who do you root for in that fight? (The answer is EA, seriously.)
- Ubisoft’s Uplay exposes players to an exploit that allows websites access to, and control over, a user’s computer. It’s like they want people to pirate their games.
- The Old Republic pulls the pin and goes free-to-play. Should’ve kept the base, BioWare! And the base I mean your playerbase. By making KotOR III instead.
- Sony posts a sizable loss of some $312 million for the first quarter of 2012, including losses in the games division. Tempting to blame the Vita, but their true problems run deeper.
- Squenix has an ambitious ten-year plan for Dragon Quest X. It sounds crazy until you realize they’ve been running Final Fantasy XI for at least that long.
- Rumors abound regarding Bethesda and the STALKER series, Take Two posts a lower earnings report due to unrealistic expectations, and more!
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Having previously mentioned the 3DS would factor into Dragon Quest X, Square Enix announced the handheld would receive a series of apps for the game. The first of these, which will be free for download, allows players to perform StreetPass exchanges with their characters, monitor game news, send messages to other players, and check product information on the Traveler’s Bazaar. Follow-up apps have been confirmed but not elaborated at this time, and it is not known when the first will be available.
Nintendo and Square Enix will be offering a Wii hardware bundle for Dragon Quest X. While a price has not been set, the package will include a copy of the game, a black Wii and matching Classic Controller Pro, a Wii USB Memory card, and a ¥1000 Nintendo Prepaid card.
Nintendo has just announced a partnership with Square Enix and NTT East and West Japan regarding Dragon Quest X. Naturally, the aim is to push sales for all three companies: Wiis for Nintendo, DQX for Square Enix, and NTT’s Flets Hikari internet service. Specifically, Flets Hikari will be the recommended service for DQX, and all three companies will hold promotions targeted at their respective customers; Nintendo/Squenix touting the internet service, NTT offering DQX copies through random drawings, and so on.
Dragon Quest Monsters: Terry’s Wonderland 3D will allow players to import data from Dragon Quest Monsters Joker 2 and Joker 2 Professional. Given the latter two are on the original DS, Square Enix will release an import application on the 3DS e-Shop alongside Terry’s Wonderland. The app is free to use, though players must clear Terry’s Wonderland in order to use it.
In other self-explanatory headlines, Square Enix announced that the Dragon Quest X beta will begin this week on February 23. As previously stated, the beta is currently restricted to Japan.
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Dragon Quest X will feature at least two means of quickly getting around. Intercontinental rail links all five of the main continents at fixed points, while Rula Stones can teleport you to previously-visited locations. Stones can only remember one location at a time, but can be reprogrammed to somewhere else and you can carry more than one stone.
Dragon Quest X will reportedly put more of a focus on story, despite being an MMORPG. Parties will have a designated “story leader” whom story events will consider the main character, with the rest of the party simply supporting in battle. DQX‘s five continents will also feature various regional plots: an elven land facing destruction for lack of an important ceremony, a kingdom blighted by a mysterious plague, another country where children are suddenly going missing, and so on.
Additionally, it was confirmed that the game will see quests added post-release, and Square Enix is currently developing quests for each job, race, and continent.
Also at Jump Festa, Dragon Quest X producer Yosuke Saito made a somewhat vague comment on when the beta would be ready. According to Saito, the beta test will begin around “the time period of chocolate.” Barring some other holiday that anime has not explained to me, it’s believed he means either Valentine’s Day or White Day; February 14 or March 14.
It’s weird to be seeing DLC for a game that’s not even released here yet, but that’s what we’ve got with Final Fantasy XIII-2: Omega DLC media, not to mention some Frontier Gate, Dragon Quest X, Shining blade, and Lord of Apocalypse.
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For those hankering for more Dragon Quest X information, a few additional details have come to light:
- While chatting with another player, one can use preset lines or edit their own. These can also be paired with racial- and gender-specific gestures. Naturally, free text entry with a USB keyboard is also an option.
- The monk job has been explained as a physical attacker with relatively low strength, but high skill at recovery magic. Their weapons can also drain MP from enemies.
- Your job can be changed at any time by visiting the branch office of Dharma’s Shrine. Skills that aren’t job-specific will carry over into other jobs.
Square Enix has opened the official site for the Dragon Quest X beta. While registration has not yet begun, the FAQ covers eligibility, the selection process, and some basic info for players new to beta testing. In particular:
- Only Square Enix Members in Japan are eligible to register, with a preference for those players who will actively test for and report bugs.
- There is no time limit for beta applications, and players can continue to apply even after testing begins. Admission is not on a first-apply-first-in basis.
- The beta kit includes a game disc, instruction manual, and a Wii USB memory card.
- Your character will likely not be useable in the final retail version, though testers will get a special item as a bonus.
- Gameplay will cover the prologue and a few boss fights, though players won’t be able to progress in the story.
Applications will start being accepted in mid-November. An exact date was not specified. The beta site can be found this-a-way.