Dragon Quest X Coming 2012 for the Wii and Wii-U

Dragon Quest X: Rise of the Five Tribes will be released for both the Wii and Wii-U and it’ll be online focused. First of all, this seems like it’s going to be one of the last big releases for the Nintendo Wii, but Dragon Quest X won’t be just another game, it’ll be an online oriented game.

The series creator Yuji Horii showed a trailer at the Dragon Quest 25th anniversary press conference that took place in Japan, and talked about the title which he described as an “online RPG.” Though this may seem quite misleading it could refer to one of two different things: the gameplay style or to the fact that players will be able to play in parties over the internet. The previous Wii game that featured multiplayer online was Monster Hunter Tri, which was praised by its online implementation. But let’s just hope that Nintendo doesn’t force players to use the archaic and woefully inadequate “Friend Codes.” Additionally, it has also been confirmed that players will be able to play solo if they really want to.

Fortunately for everyone who really liked Dragon Quest VIII, this new iteration will feature really suiting and convincing cel-shading effects, providing the title with a pretty unique cartoony look. Players will be able to easily identify characters and enemies according to what they look like, making the game even more impressive. Popular monsters of the franchise will definitely be included (like slimes,) and a party can have characters of various different classes and combat will be turned-based.

As usual, Akira Toriyama will be in charge of character design and Yosuke Sito will be acting as producer. Level 5 was in charge of developing Dragon Quest VIII, but this time around only Square Enix was mentioned. Additionally, the Wii-U will have a version of Dragon Quest X: Rise of the Five Tribes with improved graphics, cross-platform capabilities with the Wii, and the team is revising the possibility of integrating the 3DS for character transfers, but this hasn’t been confirmed yet.