Dragon Quest X's Online Features Highlighted in 9-Minute Video

posted on 2012-07-21 14:10 EDT by Egan Loo
Player interactions, side quests in franchise's 1st online game explained to newcomers

Square Enix updated its website for its Wii role-playing game Dragon Quest X: Mezameshi Itsutsu no Shuzoku Online with a new nine-minute video on Friday. The video outlines the basics of the game's online features for the Dragon Quest fans who may not have played many net games before.

As Dragon Quest's first multi-player online entry, the new game allows players to interact with other far-flung players, and not just with non-player characters like in previous entries. Despite this, the video notes that every player's storyline and journey are separate, and each player can proceed on a quest at his or her own pace; even if a player defeats a boss monster, the same boss monster will still be there for other players.

Nevertheless, players can still meet up and band together. A green mark next to a player character's onscreen name indicates that the player is looking for other companions. When two players agree to team up, each one will see the other player's name turn from blue to green. Naturally, forming a party will improve the odds in battles.

Just like in previous Dragon Quest games, players issue commands via menus during Dragon Quest X's battles. Players can talk with each other by selecting prewritten lines of dialogue from a menu, or manually entering text messages. Still, if a players wants to go solo, he or she can go to a town and form a party of non-player characters just like in previous games.

Beyond battles, players can have fun crafting their own items, embarking on side quests, and enjoying other diversions.

The game will ship in Japan on August 2. The regular version of the game will cost 6,980 yen (about US$86), while the version with the Wii disc plus USB memory version costing 8,980 yen (US$111).

[Via Hachima Kikō]

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