Square Enix stock drops after Dragon Quest X reveal, online RPG may charge monthly fees

Shortly after yesterday's annoucement that Dragon Quest X will be coming to Wii and Wii U, the next round of news hit: DQX is likely to have a monthly usage fee. A spec sheet found on the new Dragon Quest portal site site lists both “price” and “usage fee” as TBA, according to Andriasang's translation.

While Square Enix stressed that the game will be playable offline, to what extent that's true is still unknown. DQX will have online item trading, party-based questing, and other MMO-like features, but investors may be skeptical of the new online capabilities, since Square Enix stock fell ten percent between yesterday and today. If DQX does require a monthly usage fee, it's hard to imagine the online portion not having a substantial amount of content to justify that price.

However, there's still plenty of time for the game to change before it's released. The same Dragon Quest portal site says the Wii version is expected in 2012 and the Wii U is still TBA. For now, our opinion of the game is also TBA, but we'll let you know as more information becomes available.

Sep 6, 2011

Source: Andriasang


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  • EnragedTortoise1 - September 7, 2011 7:50 a.m.

    Monthly fees? NOPE
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  • iluvpkmnmonday - September 6, 2011 5:03 p.m.

    Expect a cross of friend codes and Final Fantasy 14.
  • WTeen8 - September 6, 2011 4:32 p.m.

    So You're saying I should get DQ9 instead?
  • SirNinja - September 6, 2011 4:01 p.m.

    If they had just done one for the 3DS in the same vein as DQ9 (i.e., the whole game can be played multiplayer, but it works perfectly fine as a singleplayer game as well), it would have been amazing. Not to mention the ailing 3DS would finally get an amazing game that isn't a remake. But a pseudo-MMO with forced online and subscription fees? (And Level-5 isn't even involved?) WTF? What kills me is that Dragon Quest was always, ALWAYS a dependable series. You could always count on it to deliver a good old no-nonsense JRPG. Now it isn't anymore, unless they make a lot of changes between now and release. Unbelievable.
  • shawksta - September 6, 2011 3:11 p.m.

    I know its wierd, I hope square knows what their doing, they got allot of time, Dragon quest is a fragile series, please dont screw it up!
  • codystovall - September 6, 2011 3:05 p.m.

    Whenever I hear the words square enix nowadays all that comes to mind is kingdom hearts 3.
  • taterboob - September 6, 2011 3:03 p.m.

    Admittedly, I'm relatively new to the Dragon Quest series (I've only played IV, V, VI, and VIII to completion) but, for me, Dragon Quest's appeal has been a strong storyline and memorable, iconic characters. Even the most diehard fans of MMOs have to admit that a certain degree of those aspects have to be sacrificed in order to make the experience playable by a large number of people simultaneously. It's what kept me from playing DQIX, and, from what I've seen so far, it's what's keeping me from wanting to play this one.
  • Redeater - September 6, 2011 2:46 p.m.

    aaaaaaaand interest lost. Goodbye DQX
  • Redeater - September 6, 2011 2:50 p.m.

    Wait a sec....that didn't click in because I don't use my wii anymore and I'm used to being online with my 360 all the time. How exactly is this supposed to be online with the wii? Does...not...compute!!!
  • shawksta - September 6, 2011 3:10 p.m.

    Not sure, but WII U will most likely do it.

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