Online Enabled Blue Dragon Game Goes Live In October

By Spencer . July 8, 2009 . 4:45pm

imageDragon Quest IX  is ready to storm sales charts this week while another “Dragon” game is on the horizon.

 

Namco Bandai and Mistwalker plan to release Blue Dragon: Ikai no Kyojuu (Blue Dragon: Colossal Beast of the Underworld) in Japan on October 1st. Instead of turn based battles Blue Dragon: Ikai no Kyojuu has an action RPG combat system. Players swap shadows, a first for the Blue Dragon series, and attack enemies in real time.

 

Even though the box art doesn’t show it, this game also supports Nintendo Wi-Fi for online play. Up to three players can connect, grind, and collect 200+ pieces of character customizing loot found in the game. Dragon Quest IX only has ad-hoc multiplayer.

 

While it’s nice to see online play, it’s only useful if people purchase the game. Blue Dragon Plus didn’t sell well on the Nintendo DS. Can Blue Dragon: Ikai no Kyojuu do better or will Japan still be busy with Dragon Quest IX then? Either way Akira Toriyama wins.


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  • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

    *shakes his head* Suicide. I’m actually looking forward to Blue Dragon more than DQIX, but I’m probably the exception. :/

    • jj984jj

      I’m sure if more people knew this game existed you wouldn’t be, a lot of people complained about DQIX going back to a turn-based battle system.

      • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

        In Japan, people complained because it WASN’T turn-based and Square Enix ordered a change to the battle system. It’s also very interesting that most people thought the game would be online. I did, too.

  • TurkeyPotPie

    I wonder how much longer publishers are going to keep pumping money into the Blue Dragon franchise. Were the anime or manga successful? The games haven’t been.

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