Dragon Quest X Goes Online In August, 30 Day Subscription Fee Costs 1,000 Yen

By Spencer . April 25, 2012 . 9:52pm


Square Enix set August 2 as the release date for Dragon Quest X. The first online entry in the series will debut on Wii with a Wii U version slated for release at a later date.


Dragon Quest X: Waking of the Five Tribes Online will retail for 6,980 yen ($86) or 8,980 yen ($110) with a USB flash drive. You don’t have to buy Square Enix’s thumbdrive, but you’ll need a USB memory device with more than 16GB of space to play the game. Twenty days of online play is also included for free.


Afterwards, players will need to pay for a Dragon Quest X online subscription. Just like Monster Hunter Tri’s release in Japan there are three tiers: 30 days for 1,000 yen ($12), 60 days for 1,950 yen ($24), and 90 days for 2,900 yen ($35.50). Square Enix accepts credit cards and equivalent amounts of Wii Points.


During a Dragon Quest X press conference, Square Enix also said there will be periods of free play called “Kids Time.” Details about when and how often Kids Time occurs were not announced.


Check our our posts about Dragon Quest X’s battle system and how you can create a party for an overview of the game.

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  • ShadowWolf

    the shouldn’t do a monthly fee in the West, what with WoW, the Old Republic, The upcoming Hidden World, and the countless free to play MMOs

    • This game won’t have a chance releasing in the same year as Guild Wars 2 (if it’s pay to play in the west, that is). They’ve yet to release a game that is pay to play on the Wii though, right? Wasn’t Monster Hunter Tri- pay to play in Japan?

      • FStubbs

         I doubt the Wii version ever leaves Japan. It’ll be Wii U only in the West.

  • WoW wasn’t always F2P, and in many ways, still isn’t.

    Games like PSO, FFXI and XIV are paid, largely because of the amount of content therein. I just don’t know how often this will receive updates. IX had quite a few though.

    I have to say though. 35$ seems steep for 3 months. I just can’t imagine a scenario in which I’d pay that kind of fee for a game, PSO2 nonwithstanding.

    • ShadowWolf

      uh, it isn’t.

      the MMOs i named are pay to play, then i said the countless free to play MMOs.

    •  Actually that’s a better price than what WoW charges. If you pick up a prepaid card, it comes to a whopping total of $35 for two months, so DQX has the advantage here. Not by much mind you, after all with PSO2 Free 2 Play, well, I doubt DQX will be able to topple it.

  • pockystix

    I dunno

    this may be the only numbered Dragon Quest title I skip

    the combat looks clunky, the online-focus means that the game will basically be unplayable when the servers go offline, and the overall theme just seems rather weak and boring. Sure, Dragon Quest IX added some cool multiplayer stuff, along with a lot of free DLC and whatnot, but I really appreciated how none of that was mandatory to be able to play the game. . .

    Honestly, they should have just called this DQ Online (in much the same way FFXI and XIV should have been), instead of including this as an actual game in the main series.

    Sucks to see it also require a fee, it’s JUST what I wanted from a niche title like DQ in America. . .

  • so is there still any confirmation that is free to play here in the states when its released (possibly the Wii U version is the one we will be getting) and not subscription based? i really love Dragon Quest after DQ8 and DQ4 (not sure how i feel about 7) and i don’t want to miss out on this because its fee based to play. it should be like Monster Hunter Tri where its free here

  • LunarKnite

    While I’d still much prefer a mainly single player experience, I have to say, I can’t wait to try it out. It’s still a DQ game. I love the universe they created and I really hope that charm that more recent releases have gotten come through.

  • XiaomuArisu

     After the wonderfull DQ8 is this game a dissapointment for me.Hope there will be a singleplayer DQ with beautiful graphics,a nice overworld and charming VA.

    • Hraesvelgr

      Yes to a new single player Dragon Quest, no to it having voice acting.

      • XiaomuArisu

         Didnt liked it?But if they voiced it you could turn the voices off.

      • thebanditking

        What you didn’t like the dialog lol. When I was playing the game my younger brother kept saying why is Yangus calling Jessica a bird, lol.

        Also where did my other comment go? I just posted it

      • MrRobbyM

        I’m glad the hero in DQ8 didn’t talk but I enjoyed everyone else.

    • Jirin

      The way RPGs have been lately I’d take any game that has a large, diverse, explorable overworld.

      • icecoffemix

        Did you somehow miss Xenoblade?

        • XiaomuArisu

           Xenoblade aka holy moly!Where do I go first the leg or the arm?

      • thebanditking

         Xenoblade, Tales of Graces F, White Knight Chronicles all come to mind and none of them charge you to play either.

        • Jirin

          Xenoblade is next on my list, that’s good to hear that it has one.

          Tales of Graces does *not* have a large, diverse, explorable over world.  It’s just got linear walking paths between cities and dungeons with the occasional branch with treasure chest.

          • If I compare Tales of Graces F and FF13, I say FF13 is more linear…

          • OverlordZetta

            … I dunno, I haven’t played FF13, but Graces, much as I enjoyed it, is still perhaps the most linear JRPG I’ve played in a long time.

          • You should go play FF13 before doing the comparison… Once you do, you will know what I’m talking about…

          • Jirin

            FF13 is definitely more linear than ToG, but that’s like saying a volcano isn’t as hot as the sun.

            I like the sorts of worlds that feel like they were designed more around the world than the game, and where there’s a lot of hidden stuff to stumble on, and even areas that have nothing to do with the story and are just there to make the world more interesting.

            And I hate the ‘one linear path with branches for treasure chests’ model of dungeons.

          • icecoffemix

            You could compare FF13 to any RPG and it’d win in “linear” department.

          • Anime10121

            Yeah 13 was WAY more linear, however XIII-2 IMO was more open than Graces, just the locations weren’t connected.  Not saying it’s the better game as I equally liked XIII-2 (although the original XIII not so much) and Graces.

          • Anime10121

            Yeah 13 was WAY more linear, however XIII-2 IMO was more open than Graces, just the locations weren’t connected.  Not saying it’s the better game as I equally liked XIII-2 (although the original XIII not so much) and Graces.

          • You do know that some stages have the same areas just with environment changes… don’t you???

          • Graces F is honestly not that much better. I was disappointed with all of the environments and cities, as well as the number of them (ie there wasn’t a lot). Graces F’s world map WAS pretty linear. You couldn’t really get lost in Graces F and any branching paths didn’t lead far or anywhere (dungeon designs were either not noteworthy or were frustrating).

            Point is, Graces F is noticeably linear. Whether FFXIII is more linear is not the point being made here.

          • Truong Le

            Linear games might be made only from “No_More_Idea” or poor brain_power developers.Just guess,

          • OverlordZetta

            Agreed on Graces. Sure, maybe stuff like Abyss was TOO huge for some, but going in the opposite direction of extremes wasn’t exactly the best idea either.

    • FStubbs

       Hopefully DQ7 3DS remake isn’t too far off. It’ll have to do as we won’t see another proper DQ until 2016-2017.

  • This is the game I am looking forward to the most. I neeeeeeed DQX!

  • But…Square it’s not a real MMORPG. You are going to make a subscription for what is basically people joining a room and going on an adventure? Basically the way its set up is, Square is making a subscription for the instances from Guild Wars 1.

    Okay now I am worried for this game.

  • Jirin

    $86 to play it, then if you want to play it for a year, $144 more?

    So they’re basically charging the price of a console to play what looks like a substandard game for 1 year, and then at some point the servers will get discontinued and be forever unplayable.

    …Seriously?  Are Japanese gamers really willing to go for that?

    You know why all my old favorites were worth the $50+ price tag even when I was a kid and my only source of income was allowance? Because I can still play them now over a decade later and have the same experience, without paying a penny more.

  • the_cynical_gamer

    I like the way you only save 100 yen by paying for three months in a row. That’s a days supply of Pocky, right there.

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    I have a bad feeling about this game now.. crazy

  • Not really a game I’m feeling at all compelled to play.  Kind of burned out on MMOs, and from what I’ve seen of DQX it isn’t interesting me.  I’ll just patiently wait for the next single player installment in the series.  It is kinda neat that a flash drive is being used to store the game, though.

  • Japan handles their pricing/pay structures differently than the West does.  Therefore, I’ll be surprised if this is pay-to-play in the West, especially when MH Tri was free here but pay-to-play in Japan.

  • Just watched the trailer. I was in 2005 again.

    I’m hoping the released product is better looking than the trailer, because the amount of slowdown was atrocious.

  • takopako

    oh, god, PLEASE be free to play in the US…

    • Anime10121

       Not Gonna Happen.  Capcom could make Monster Hunter 3 free in America because it wasn’t an MMO and they were basically ripping off their Japanese customer base,  but this game, this one right here, is a full fledged big budget MMO.  It may be free to play, but not for the first couple of years.

      • takopako

        well, im not gonna take your position on the subject as fact, or anything, but japan and america are completely different markets. i do not believe that it is impossible for this game to be free to play based on previous decisions made by japanese publishers. while a series like that will launch well in japan, usually they work a little harder to get american consumers to go for it. 

  • Rollersnake

    I’m very interested in this game, but I absolutely will not buy it if there’s a subscription free.  I know a lot of gamers on this side of the Pacific feel the same way, and I hope Square-Enix make the right decision here.

  • Square Japan is desperate to make money after the FF XIV & FME failure that cost them huge loss of money,let’s see if this actually help them to recover or just damage Dragon Quest brand like they did with FF

  • this is gonna be awful.

  • Truong Le

    DQ10 online with monthly fee? It might not be potential.

  • wahyudil

    the monthly fee is not that bad, but the retail is very expensive

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