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Dragon Quest X PS4 and Switch Release Dates Confirmed, First Switch Gameplay

Square Enix has announced the Japanese release dates for the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch versions of Dragon Quest X.

The MMORPG set within their classic RPG series will launch on August 17th for PlayStation 4 and September 21st for the Nintendo Switch.

Alongside the announcement came the first gameplay of the title running on the Switch, which you can view above (the actual gameplay starts around the 29:00 mark).

A beta test for the game will go down from July 19th through August 10th, on both PlayStation 4 and the Switch. If you’re looking to get in on the action, you can sign up here.

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29 comments
  1. Shiggy Diggy Doo
    Shiggy Diggy Doo
    May 28, 2017 at 7:43 pm

    God fucking dammit I need to stop speed running roman numerals.

    Jumped the gun thinking it was more XI news. But then I realized it has no english launch window either so fuuuuck me

  2. FirstLine
    FirstLine
    May 28, 2017 at 7:59 pm

    We need it over here too. And get us Builders too.

  3. Pilebunker
    Pilebunker
    May 28, 2017 at 9:21 pm

    So why is SE so against localizing Dragon Quest games? They have no problems bringing over anything Final Fantasy (exception being Type 0 which didn’t get announced for localization until the day after the fan translation was complete) most of the time and a localization is immediately announced. But for Dragon Quest we have to wait ages on end to have an announcement despite the series being around for ages on end and having multiple games come over.

    It’s like they hate money. Or maybe Enix is still their rival somehow.

  4. Mr0303
    Mr0303
    May 28, 2017 at 9:27 pm

    Don’t delay this for an year Square.

  5. No_Good_Names_Ever
    No_Good_Names_Ever
    May 28, 2017 at 10:15 pm

    Square=/=Enix.

  6. No_Good_Names_Ever
    No_Good_Names_Ever
    May 28, 2017 at 10:19 pm

    Partly because of the accents which have whoever on localization duty having to retranslate it into Bongstani pandering text. Did Type 0 show up around the time FFXIV destroyed their budget?

  7. No_Good_Names_Ever
    No_Good_Names_Ever
    May 28, 2017 at 10:22 pm

    Everyone has Builders (or do you mean for Switch?); DQX at least have the reasonable yet kinda shitty excuse of it being an MMO but if we get it, I bet we’re only getting a buggy Switch version (even if the original Jap version ran fine).

  8. FirstLine
    FirstLine
    May 28, 2017 at 10:32 pm

    For the Switch. I don’t plan on buying a Vita nor a PS4. I agree about the last part.

  9. No_Good_Names_Ever
    No_Good_Names_Ever
    May 28, 2017 at 10:34 pm

    I’d rather have a PC port.

  10. Mr0303
    Mr0303
    May 28, 2017 at 10:36 pm

    Sure seems to be the case since they are the same company. Unless you are referring to the equivalence of the two words, in which case your equation is correct, but unrelated to what I wrote.

  11. No_Good_Names_Ever
    No_Good_Names_Ever
    May 28, 2017 at 10:44 pm

    They act as two different entities while using the same name. Why DQ fans don’t have to wait a decade to get a different game (if they know Japanese).

  12. No_Good_Names_Ever
    No_Good_Names_Ever
    May 28, 2017 at 10:45 pm

    Hah, Brandon got his DQXI gameplay time mixed up with DQX.

  13. FirstLine
    FirstLine
    May 28, 2017 at 10:48 pm

    I’d settle for that option too (Steam).

  14. No_Good_Names_Ever
    No_Good_Names_Ever
    May 28, 2017 at 10:50 pm

    Now that I think about it, they’ve been using Denuvo so that’d be a deal breaker.

  15. Mr0303
    Mr0303
    May 28, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    “They act as two different entities while using the same name.” – citation needed. Ever since the merger (when “they” became one company) where did “they” acted differently?

  16. FirstLine
    FirstLine
    May 28, 2017 at 11:02 pm

    Denuvo was defeated in record time (DOOM 2016). It won’t be a problem. :)

  17. Malcolm_Ecks
    Malcolm_Ecks
    May 29, 2017 at 6:49 pm

    Ummm… Western DQ fans have had to wait nearly a decade for a mainstay port of a DQ game. X isn’t coming to the West. XI isn’t confirmed to be coming outside of Japan.

    I don’t know where you’re getting that Enix is acting independently since they merged…. You’re going to have to actually explain that one.

  18. Malcolm_Ecks
    Malcolm_Ecks
    May 29, 2017 at 7:08 pm

    Because they don’t sell in the West. Remember that since Dragon Quest V and VI were not originally ported until they were remade for the DS. Same case with III. Its stupid popular in Japan, in the West its a niche RPG. People forget that Enix was not popular during the 90s golden era of PS RPGs.

    I’m honestly surprised we get Star Ocean games. Its probably because Tri-Ace works with less resources than the multiple devs that have worked on the DQ games.

    Its not because SE hates money. Its because Western gamers who claim to like JRPGs cry for them and don’t buy a good chunk of the ones not named Tales, Final Fantasy, or Persona, and Persona’s popularity is a recent development.

  19. Malcolm_Ecks
    Malcolm_Ecks
    May 29, 2017 at 7:15 pm

    Denuvo gets dropped after initial sales period for certain games. And its been figured out now. RE7’s Denuvo was bypassed in a record 5 days. I don’t think it’ll be on RE7 much longer. DOOM 2016 dropped it after initial sales period.

  20. Pilebunker
    Pilebunker
    May 29, 2017 at 10:24 pm

    That seems to be the case according to this.
    https://www.theverge.com/2017/4/24/15410710/dragon-quest-heroes-ii-square-enix-japan-us-release

    At the same time though I feel as though the game essentially fails if it doesn’t have sales that rival anything Final Fantasy. They want to bring them over but wait at odd times to do so. Like not bringing X over now that the Switch is out, which could use a console MMORPG since PS4 players have FFXIV. Or how XI doesn’t even have a release date announced. So why would anyone even spread the news about it if we may not get it until years later like the 3DS remakes? It’s a smart tactic to use spin offs to fuel the series though.

    “Western gamers who claim to like JRPGs cry for them and don’t buy a good
    chunk of the ones not named Tales, Final Fantasy, or Persona”
    Are there actually that many people like this? Honest question since I usually only talk about JRPGs with people in forums or image boards. Talking to people about JRPGs in reality is usually a one way conversation.

  21. Zombie_Barioth
    Zombie_Barioth
    May 30, 2017 at 12:32 am

    Its not having to translate it into a Scottish theme that’s the issue, they have to translate and voice it one way or another, its the shear amount of text in the games’ scripts. If I recall, DQ VII had one easily as thick as a dictionary.

  22. Zombie_Barioth
    Zombie_Barioth
    May 30, 2017 at 12:52 am

    Sort of, there are a lot of JRPG “fans” who only play the more popular series, much like how some people only like certain mainstream anime. Haven’t really seen it with Tales or Persona (until 5), mostly just Final Fantasy.

    I’m not sure what sort of impact it has, but it may create an illusion that the core fanbase is bigger than it actually is.

    As for Dragon Quest specifically, lack of marketing is probably part of the problem. I recall DQ IV, V, and VI not having much if any. IX had a decent amount though, probably because Nintendo published it.

    Monster Hunter was in a similar situation, it only blew up in the west after Nintendo got behind the series and really pushed for it.

  23. KiTA
    KiTA
    May 30, 2017 at 10:54 am

    “Because they don’t sell in the West.”

    This is a catch 22. Square Enix doesn’t know how to market games anymore, so they don’t know how to push DQ in the West. Because they don’t push it, it doesn’t sell. Because it doesn’t sell, it doesn’t innately make up for the failure of marketing.

    I don’t have a solution unfortunately. I’m just glad I have CFW on my 3DS and can play games like Terry’s Wonderland and Dragon Quest Monsters Joker 3 Professional in English that way.

  24. Malcolm_Ecks
    Malcolm_Ecks
    May 30, 2017 at 11:42 am

    “They want to bring them over but wait at odd times to do so. Like not bringing X over now that the Switch is out, which could use a console MMORPG since PS4 players have FFXIV.”

    Not enough Switch consoles sold in the West to justify localizing a niche franchise unfortunately. Its still hard to find them on shelves here in Canada and the GameStop employees in the area are saying they wont see a significant stock increase until July.

    “Are there actually that many people like this? Honest question since I usually only talk about JRPGs with people in forums or image boards. Talking to people about JRPGs in reality is usually a one way conversation.”

    Yes. Think about it this way. How many people are you talking to in a specific forum at a time? Maybe a hundred tops? You’re bound to find people like yourself and myself who enjoy the niche titles, but overall its a loud majority that pipes up when a game isn’t localized. If that weren’t the case, we wouldn’t have seen the localizations that came from Operation Rainfall flop one after another with the exception of Xenoblade Chronicles.

  25. Malcolm_Ecks
    Malcolm_Ecks
    May 30, 2017 at 3:55 pm

    “This is a catch 22. Square Enix doesn’t know how to market games anymore, so they don’t know how to push DQ in the West.”

    SE knows how to market just fine.

    Back when Enix was separate, they didn’t know how to market DQ either. SE has only been involved with 3 of the release 10 DQ games. Hell, most of the DQ games while under Enix didn’t get ported to the West and were remade for the DS.

    It seems cool to shit on SE, but DQ has never sold well outside of Japan besides 9 on the DS, and people hated the fact that IX was only on the DS. JRPGs are not easy to market overall. I feel if DQ VII didn’t come out long after the 1997-2000 PS1 Golden Age era for JRPGs, it’d have a North American fanbase. Like a lot of the more niche JRPGs do. DQ VII came out on the Playstation a few months before FF X came out on the PS2. And Enix made the decision not to port DQ III, V, and VI during a time where JRPGs were the rage on the highest selling console at the time.

    The blame is on Enix prior to the merger here. They missed a huge opportunity. SE can’t just make a fanbase for a franchise that was 8 games deep when they picked it up. They remade a bunch of them for the DS and 3DS and they didn’t sell anywhere close to what IX sold. And they were marketed. I remember seeing TV commercials for DQ VIII all the time and not caring. And I’m a fan of JRPGs, but there was no draw to it. You don’t tell the tone of the DQ games from TV spots. To people in the west it just looked like a JRPG with Akira Toriyama’s animation in it.

    I think another major knock against DQ as a series is that the main character is “The Hero”. A pretty bland protagonist concept to be honest.

  26. Zombie_Barioth
    Zombie_Barioth
    May 30, 2017 at 8:25 pm

    True, I meant it in general though.

    And lol, yeah, I remember seeing that. Being binders its hard to tell how packed they actually are just looking at the spine.