Game developer Square Enix has announced that it is bringing the popular MMORPG Dragon Quest X to another console on September 4. The catch? It will still be Japan-exclusive. Much to the chagrin of non-Japanese fans, the game is now set to arrive on the handheld Nintendo 3DS device. While we all wait for a full-scale, global release, let?s just keep ourselves occupied by learning more about this selfish, new announcement by Square Enix.
This game is based on the Japan-exclusive, massively multiplayer online role-playing game (let?s just stick to MMORPG) called ?Dragon Quest X: Mezameshi Itsutsu no Shuzoku Online.? It was both developed and published by Square Enix for Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Wii, and Wii U consoles. This game can be played only for a few hours offline. After that, players need to have it connected to the Internet to access all contents. Different subscription plans are in place for players to avail.
Similar to its smartphone counterpart, this upcoming 3DS version of Dragon Quest X will make use of the cloud. Instead of utilizing the handheld device?s CPU, the game will be streamed onto the 3DS from Square Enix? remote servers. If this is some sort of d?j? vu to you, that?s because OnLive and PlayStation Now delivers their gaming services based on the same premise.
The graphics are expected to take a blow with this version, but an image released by Square Enix (see below) suggests that it will still be roughly the same gameplay experience that Dragon Quest X players used to enjoy on their Wii, Wii U and PC. While this streaming technology means that the 3D capabilities of the Nintendo devices won?t be used, the graphics should still look immersively similar to how games work on the PlayStation Vita.
The handheld 3DS version of Dragon Quest X will cost gamers at least ? 350 (tax not included) for a 3-day pass. That?s only one subscription plan. Aside from the game itself, the subscription will also include a poster and a selection of in-game goods, like the transport vehicle shown below, upon purchase. Here are subscription plans that players can avail for the game:
- 3-day pass: 350 yen + tax
- 10-day pass: 650 yen + tax
- 30-day pass: 1,500 yen +tax
Meanwhile, fans of the MMORPG in North America, Europe and the rest of the world are still in the dark about the arrival of the game in their region. Though Square Enix had previously discussed the possibility of a Dragon Quest X global release, the prime market of choice appears to be Asia for now.