Dragon Quest X has long been one of Square Enix’s most successful online titles, and it’ll be getting a spin-off next year in Dragon Quest X: Offline, which will feature cuter visuals and other changes which will be revealed at a later date.
“As you might have guessed from the title, this is a new version of [Dragon Quest X Online] that you don’t need an internet connection to play,” producer Takumi Shiraishi said during this week’s Dragon Quest 35th anniversary stream, as translated by Gematsu. “We’re looking to create an easy-to-pick-up, easy-to-play standalone version of Dragon Quest X–and as you saw in the promotional video, one with a completely different version style to its online cousin. With these super-deformed, pixel art visuals, we’re aiming for a style that’s as nostalgic as it is charming.”
At this point, Dragon Quest X: Offline has only been confirmed for a release in Japan in 2022. There was no word on whether an international launch may be coming, but its online predecessor has never been released in the West. That was reiterated once again by producer Koji Aoyama’s section within the live stream, which had text in the corner that simply read, “There are no plans for a worldwide release,” in reference to Dragon Quest X.
There’s a lot more Dragon Quest on the horizon, as Dragon Quest XII: The Flames of Fate is in development and will receive a worldwide release. This latest game in the core series being developed on Unreal Engine 5 and is being directed by Takeshi Uchikawa, who helmed Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age.
Dragon Quest Treasures and Dragon Quest III HD-2D Remake were also revealed, and both games will be receiving a global release. No specific release dates for any of the new games were announced.
If you’re on Xbox, now’s also a good time to check out Dragon Quest Builders 2, which was recently added to Xbox Game Pass and is a more relaxing spin-off from the main series of RPG games.
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