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Dragon Quest X Confirmed For Wii U and Wii

Popular RPG franchise returns next year as an online RPG. Development being handled internally at Square Enix.

 

Dragon Quest X will be released for the Wii, Square Enix confirmed at a press conference today. But not just Wii. The game is also due for Wii U.

Officially titled Dragon Quest X Mezameshi Itsutsu no Shuzoku, the next numbered Dragon Quest game is an Online RPG. Players form parties and co-exist with other players in an online world.

The game is being developed internally at Square Enix -- a first for the series, which usually uses external development studios like Level-5 and Chunsoft. As always, Yuji Hori, Koichi Sugiyama and Akira Toriyama are returning for their roles as designer, composer and character designer.

While the game was confirmed for the Wii even before Dragon Quest IX's DS release, today is the first time Square Enix has confirmed it for Wii U. All Wii games can be played on Wii U, of course, but DQX will have a separate Wii U version with updated visuals. The two versions will be cross platform compatible, so players on either version will exist in the same world.

Dragon Quest X will also see some connectivity with 3DS. While not getting too specific, Hori said during today's press conference that they're thinking about a system where players can transfer their character to the 3DS for doing Spot Pass data exchanges while on the go.

Closing off the press conference, Hori said that DQX will see release some time in 2012. Some players could get an earlier chance at the game, though, as Square Enix will be holding a beta test. Details will be announced shortly.

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