Dragon Quest X Producers on PC Port, Possible Western Release

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

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Dragon Quest X, the most recent entry in the series and the first Dragon Quest MMO, has been out for almost a year in Japan. It has seen a release on both the Wii and Wii U consoles. Despite heavy support from Nintendo of America for the recent DS games Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation and Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies, there has been not even a whisper of a western release for this game. However, things may be changing.

Famitsu published a recent interview with Dragon Quest X producer Yosuke Saito and executive producer Yuu Miyake regarding the recently announced PC port of the game.

Saito had this to say:

I’m sure a lot of people were surprised, but the drive to release a PC version was there from the start of DQX ‘s development. 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.

So, does this mean Dragon Quest X could see a western release? When asked, Miyake said “Of course,” and he continued to explain:

“However, as for whether it’ll be run in the Dragon Quest style in the overseas market, every nation has its own play style and sensibilities, so I don’t think it’ll be a single game worldwide like with Final Fantasy XI.”

Saito added:

“This is just my personal viewpoint, but different countries consume their games at different speeds and the way the communities are run also differ. Even the way people enjoy seasonal events is different, so I think we need to divide the running of it by country or region. So we’re thinking about having separate servers for each country.”

Ultimately, Saito’s plans for the MMO are long-term:

“I’m sure we’ll have DQXI and DQXII going into the future, but in parallel with that, I’d like to have a world within DQX where we can tell stories from DQXI and DQXII. I think it’d be great if we could keep DQX going for even ten or twenty years.”

The PC version of Dragon Quest X will be released in Japan this September. Are you looking forward to a western release of Dragon Quest X? Let us know in the comments below.


About Eric Chetkauskas

Eric has been playing video games for longer than he can remember. His interests skew toward retro games with an emphasis on Japanese RPGs like Chrono Trigger and the Dragon Quest series.

  • RagunaXL

    that is a breath of fresh air! I have said too many times that I am getting a wii U for the ‘monolith soft x game,’ the only reason i’d get one sooner was for dragon quest x. they are likely the only two games I would buy for the machine other than some eshop and virtual console games. if this game were to release, and on pc, in the US I would be much happier as I already own a PC.

  • smacd

    I’m a HUGE Dragon Question fan since the NES era. However I don’t play MMOs as a general rule. I’m really worried that this game will be a bigger flop in the west than it was in Japan, and this may usher in another SNES era like disappearance of DQ in the west following poor sales. A big part of me wishes that they didn’t bring this one out here so it wouldn’t have the chance to kill the chances of more single player DQ games out here.

    • Xx_Kares_xX

      Exactly.. like the fact that they still haven’t announced the localization of Dragon Quest VII on 3DS…

  • Roberto Ruiz Contreras

    I’m a big JRPG fan all the way, and really enjoy MMORPG’s as well but placing an MMO purely on one platform (I know its Wii & WiiU, but seriously) was a bad move from the start, I know its a great franchise with a great world, but most people who loved the first 9 games are not attracted by the idea of an MMO, but people who grew outside that game area and expanded to other genres have it easier to accept this game, but most of those people own at least a gaming capable (Not gaming PC) PC or Laptop and would much rather play it there with a keyboard that with the controllers.

  • James Best

    Yeah, I’d like to see Dragon Quest X come to the West, preferably the Wii U version, if not all of them.

  • Marcus J. Hopkins

    No, I’m not. Honestly, if I wanted to play Dragon Quest with friends, I’d…well, I wouldn’t. Not to mention the fact that this will NEVER get ported to Mac, despite Macs taking up an increasing segment of new computer owners.

  • TrueWiiMaster

    I’d love to get Dragon Quest X, but only if it comes to the Wii U. I have no interest in a PC version.

  • multibottler0cket

    I love Dragon Quest but I hate MMOs.
    What to do?

  • kusariku

    I’ve been waiting forever for DQX, but like someone else pointed out, we still don’t have DQ7 3DS or DQ Monsters 3DS, and if DQX performs poorly we may never see them, and that would be bad. I dunno, I’m torn.

  • An Tran

    I’ll only play it if it becomes a Buy-to-Play MMO. I don’t want pay2play.

  • Elwren

    I’ve played all the Dragon Quest/Warrior games and would love to see this come to the PC or Wii for the western markets.