From East To Quest? Dragon Quest X PC Bound

By Adam Smith on June 24th, 2013 at 4:00 pm.

It’s very rare to discover a game that doesn’t contain either a dragon or a quest. Take Skyrim – an entire world in which even the molecules of the air are probably made up of sulphurous dragon-guffs. Read the lore. It’s all in there. Among all the clutter of dungeons and dragons that are scattered throughout PC gaming’s past, it is perhaps surprising that the venerable Dragon Quest series is a stranger to our particular Windows on the world. All of that is about to change in September, when Dragon Quest X arrives on Windows. Unfortunately, this may not herald a new era of slime-slapping jollity – the tenth game – which is probably the 167th in the series – is an subscription-based MMO. And it’s currently only set for release in Japan.

Don’t be disheartened. Perhaps you read Japanese, in which case you could tell me if the text on this page, which offers a PC benchmarking utility, actually says what Google translate reckons it does:

“”Tribe of five online Shi Awakening Dragon Quest X” the latest work in, I have evolved into online RPG finally. You can enjoy along with the players in Japan, the story and adventure that attracts many fans and world view, warm Dragon Quest only. And, the release of Windows version was finally decided in the September 26, 2013!”

From what I can gather, downloading the benchmark tool and proving that your machine is brave enough to venture forth will allow you to apply for beta access. It may also grant Edward Snowden diplomatic immunity if he parachutes into your pocket though. My grasp of the language really shouldn’t be trusted.

You can see what the game looks like by pressing the play button just down there.

Hmm. I quite like the art style but I don’t care for the character designs. I’m not allowed to know about consoles, so any speculation on my part that the game is coming to PC because the Wii U hasn’t taken over the world should be taken with a sack-full of salt. Still, it does seem likely. Perhaps the Japanese PC market will also fail the game, in which case it may yet travel to Europe and beyond.

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  1. Jams O'Donnell says:

    I was interested in this for as long as it took me to realise it was a MMO. I love the DQ games, but no thank you MMOs.

    • Armatool says:

      I hear, there going to be single player campaign

    • Alextended says:

      You can’t be very interested in the series if you never cared to learn anything about its 10th instalment since its official announcement.all those years ago. Anyway, XI is bound to be single player like IX again, they’re not evolving the series, just spinning it off.

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        jrodman says:

        You can’t be interested if you don’t track news about unreleased versions!

        ^ a completely obviously wrong statement.

        • Alextended says:

          Yeah, because knowing the name of the latest instalment of a series one claims to love is Dragon Quest X Online is way too much. Anyway, it was first released in August 2012 to much fanfare, with fanfare for related announcements long before that, repeated for the port’s release in March 30 2013, and continuing with announcements like this. By the way, we’re all commenting on an unreleased/beta version at the moment. How nerdy of us. Granted, all of this is mostly relevant to Japan since there have been no localization plans announced yet, but this is in fact the world wide web which such news travel in and Dragon Quest X Online has not been neglected by any outlet that would care about the series or the platforms it’s on. I’m sorry that when I hear someone loves a series I don’t assume that person only gets to hear of it by coincidentally walking in stores that happen to have leftover copies of the latest release in a prominent position.

  2. aliksy says:

    Trailer shows no gameplay? I can only assume it will be a lot of standing around killing monsters for .124% of a level until you are strong enough to kill a palette-swapped version of the same monster.

  3. MuscleHorse says:

    ‘I have evolved into online RPG finally.’ is a beautiful turn of phrase.

    • Turkey says:

      Now I wish all press releases were written in first person by the game itself.

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        darkChozo says:

        Call of Duty announcements involve a lot of swearing that it’s changed for the better and oh, yeah, we can totally reignite that spark from years ago, definitely.

        Sports games would just be moaning and a murmured “heeeeelp meee”.

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        lowprices says:

        Oh dear crikey no. I have a hard enough time avoiding Steam sales and the like as it is. It would be so much worse if the game had just told me about its hopes, dreams and secret fears.

        “Please buy me. I think we’d have so much fun together.”

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    lowprices says:

    *Reads headline*

    Ohmygodohmygodohmygodohmygo-

    *Reads article*

    -awwww.

    *Comments*

  5. Bhazor says:

    Boo! Down with this sort of thing!

  6. Shieldmaiden says:

    That trailer makes me sad, because it’s what I wish playing MMOs was actually like.

  7. Hyoscine says:

    I would bait my breath, but I’m still waiting for that PSO2 localization.

  8. Alextended says:

    The WiiU’s performance has next to nothing to do with the decision to bring this to the PC, much like the PS2’s popularity had nothing to do with the decision to bring FFXI to PC, the PS3’s popularity with also bringing the various SOE MMOs as well as FFXIV to PC (often first, then porting them to console later on), and so on. It’s just the nature of MMORPG development, the PC is a good fit.

    This game has actually performed well since its original release on Wii (WiiU merely got a HD port much later, much like PC is getting here, hence the low fi graphics) and while Square mentioned expecting more out of it, it’s confidently been trailing FFXI, the most profitable Square game yet (despite the obvious fact that for obvious reasons neither of the games achieved anywhere near the hard copy sales of all the previous traditional single player titles in the series, the subscriptions bring in the cash) which also had most of its players on PS2 despite the PC release. It’s also funny how Square make a ton of money out of a few hundred thousands of subscribers and keep supporting the games yet western MMOs all seem to want to be the next World of Warcraft and are considered failures and cut support with less than that.

    Anyway, despite this being an MMORPG it’s probably nothing like your average PC gamer expects. No playing the piano with your skill hot keys. It plays almost exactly like the single player titles, which are as traditional JRPGs as you can get. You can even make an AI party out of offline players if you don’t want to be social. But that’s pretty much the reason I keep hoping for a localization. It’s just gonna be a very fresh yet polished experience. I didn’t really stick with an MMORPG since quitting WoW, everything else was either the same, sub par, or both. If anyone here has a DS and played Dragon Quest IX this plays pretty much like that, except with active timer battles rather than the pure turn based system, and of course with a closer third person camera angle and the multiplayer being online rather than local.

    As for series fans, don’t worry, DQXI (most likely set for 3DS, not PC, heh) is bound to be a traditional single player adventure, much like FFXII was after FFXI. They’re not replacing the series, just spinning it off, and using a main number rather than just the Online part in the name to attract their audience better.

    Here’s an old lengthy overview trailer that shows gameplay.

    And here’s a video of the benchmark to show the graphical updates on PC/WIiU. Proper character shadows, bloom, depth of field, draw distance and frame rate is pretty much it.

    • Jupiah says:

      And now I really want this game to be localized in English. I’ve played all but one of the english released Dragon Quest games, if the MMO gameplay is faithful to the series and not copying Word of Warcraft and the game allows you to use A.I. controlled party members then I would absolutely subscribe to this game in a heartbeat.

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      RedViv says:

      Also, “Square expecting more” is on the same level of realism here as when this was said about Tomb Raider and Hitman.

    • Kitsunin says:

      I don’t really get the combat system. Is there indeed an ATB system? It looks like the attack happens right after you select it, with only the enemies functioning based on a timer. If that were the case, though, wouldn’t you just want to spam attacks as fast as possible? Something must not have been evident just from watching gameplay.

    • AngoraFish says:

      Great contribution, thanks!

  9. bill says:

    “Japanese PC market”

    Is MMOs and Porny Anime. I suspect it will not fail this game, despite it being very small.

  10. sirdavies says:

    Wait, is that a train with medieval people in it?

    • Funso Banjo says:

      You don’t play Japanese games do you?

      This is very normal.

      • Alextended says:

        It used to be pretty normal for Western games too back in those days that Dragon Quest has remained faithful to. Wizardry and Ultima incorporated sci-fi elements pretty liberally in their fantasy worlds for example.

  11. Fred S. says:

    I would have downloaded the benchmark tool, but I don’t want to take even the slightest chance of granting Snowden diplomatic immunity.

  12. Moraven says:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mcRpJG3QSnM

    and many other videos of the gameplay of the Wii/Wii U version.

    I like to see it does not seem to be an action RPG, but actual turn based DQ combat.

    One of the past DQ was MMO like and was good.

  13. Synesthesia says:

    How dare you not care for toriyama’s character design. Shame on you! Also ew, mmos. I’ll be on my way.

  14. dagudman says:

    Because all you wanted to see in Dragon Quest is 50 people that look the same and are the same as you and people spamming in chat how to get free $$$.

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    jrodman says:

    Why don’t they bring their single player games to PC so that I can buy them?

    • Alextended says:

      I guess they didn’t think the cheap (and very popular, Dragon Quest has pretty much always come out on the best selling platforms) consoles and portables they’ve been putting them on were a real barrier to entry for people who really were interested in the series.

  16. JoshuaMadoc says:

    That trailer proves to me that I like Toriyama the best when his character designs are in 3D and is animated with NONE of Toriyama’s staple of fighting moves that he recycled over and over and over and over during the entire Dragon Ball franchise run that he’s directly responsible in doing.

    Now if only I liked DQ more if it wasn’t a re-skinned Wizardry…

    • Alextended says:

      A reskin? The’re only superficially similar. Sure, they were influenced by Wizardry when making it. Just as Final Fantasy is also very different to both despite also being influenced by Wizardry. Ultima was another inspiration for these games, also a very different series. They all developed their own style. Perhaps due to superficial knee jerk reactions you didn’t dig enough into any of these to see how different they really are.