Dragon Quest X, the MMO based on the beloved Japanese RPG franchise, has been out in its native country for quite awhile now. It was first officially released on the Nintendo Wii on August 2, 2012, and a WIi U version showed up not long after the console was released.
What’s more, the game will also be making its way to PC this year – but after all of this time, Square Enix wouldn’t say whether Dragon Quest X will ever see the light of day outside of Japan. Fortunately for fans of the series, there seems to be a glimmer of hope of that happening now.
In a lengthy interview with Japanese gaming publication Famitsu, as translated by Polygon, the developers stated that at some point, they would like to bring Dragon Quest X overseas. If it does make it outside of Japan, however, expect a few changes.
“Of course we are [considering releasing outside of Japan],” Dragon Quest X producer Yu Miyake told Famitsu. “However, with the overseas market, in regards to a “Dragon Quest-ish” management, standards and methods of play vary from country to country, so I don’t think we’ll be able to use the single game worldwide method like with Final Fantasy XI.”
“This is just my take on it, but it appears that different countries play games at different speeds, and the community management is also diverse,” producer Yosuke Saito added. “It’s more than just if players would be able to enjoy universal seasonal events, so I believe we should manage countries and areas separately. That’s why I think we should have separate servers for each country.”
Although the developers wouldn’t say what versions could potentially see a release overseas, a PC release would be a good bet. Despite surprise in Japan over the news of a PC release of Dragon Quest X, Saito said that it was the team’s goal to release on the PC platform from the get-go.
“The biggest reason was that, when thinking about which platform was most likely to be connected to a network, the PC was the first that popped into our minds. We also live in an era where there’s nearly one PC for every household, and for people who grew up with Dragon Quest, PCs have been a natural part of their entire lives. We figured it wouldn’t seem unnatural.”
Would you like to see Dragon Quest X make its way overseas?