Dragon Quest X To Offer Two Hours Of Free Play Time Every Day

By Ishaan . June 14, 2012 . 4:02pm

In a drastic change for the series, Dragon Quest X will be a subscription-based MMORPG. A 30-day subscription  in Japan will cost 1,000 yen ($12), 60 days will cost 1,950 yen ($24), and 90 days will amount to 2,900 yen ($35.50).


Turning a series that literally attracts players ranging from children to 60-year-olds into an MMORPG is a risky prospect. For starters, kids may not have the finances to pay the monthly subscription fee, which would greatly limit the game’s appeal. However, Square Enix have a solution for this—Kids’ Time.


Kids’ Time is effectively two hours free playtime every single day. On weekdays, users will be able to play Dragon Quest X online for free from 4 PM to 6 PM. On weekends, Kids’ Time will be in effect from 1 PM to 3 PM. While the two free hours of play each day are meant for children, Square Enix aren’t imposing any actual restrictions to prevent older players from making use of them, too, aside from perhaps the timings, which are suited to schoolkids.


Dragon Quest X will be released for the Wii on August 2nd.  A Wii U version will follow at a later date, but specific features for this version have not yet been announced. You can read our extensive coverage of the game so far by using its tag.

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  • Cameron Ward

    i really want to be excited, but they still haven’t confirmed if its F2P here in the states….and hearing all of this subscription fee stuff is bringing me down. 

    • If your concern is whether the game will be F2P or subscription based in the states, you need to re-evaluate. I think it’s unlikely that the game will even be coming stateside. If anything, MAYBE the Wii U version.

      • Cameron Ward

        well that is the one i am talking about. if they do release it, it will be the Wii U version and i want to enjoy it since Dragon Quest 8 is like my 3rd or 2nd favorite game of all time, but i just dont have the excitement for games you have to pay monthly for i would have for other games

  • MrRobbyM

    I went from IDGAF to IMGSOAF.

  • malek86

    I wonder how many kids actually play MMOs. Aside from the whole subscription thing, it sounds like the kinda genre a kid might not really like. But then, I don’t really know.

    But something tells me the Wii release and this promotion are related. I don’t know if Squenix would have offered the deal had the game been on PS3, for example. I wonder if, from the start, DQX was supposed to reach a wider audience than the average MMO.

    • Setsuryuu

      oh, I’ve had my share of stumbling with 12 year olds in online games in the past, when I played those more often, and let me tell you it’s usually not a nice experience! xD It depends on the title I guess…

    • Godmars

      Might be better to look at DQ9 than FFXIV. Given that its structure was just shy of being an MMO.

      They’ve been planning this for a while.

  • MrSirFeatherFang

    Here’s hoping that there aren’t any super boss battles that will last longer than 2 hours, amirite?

  • epy

    This reminds me those times I read FFXI news, I gave a huge sigh and cliked the next news article.

    PS: Now really, why is there no FFXI Offline yet?

    • Bhunivelze

      because FF XI is far too large of a game to function offline. It probably has more text in it then all of the Final Fantasy series combined. It’s a very good game. I don’t understand the stigma against it. Are people that scared of a monthly fee? It’s like… 10 dollars a month.

      • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

        Because everyone want things free???

  • Guest

    This is just a bad greedy idea imo charging people to play Dragon Quest…

    • Godmars

      Exploiting the DQ name for an MMO. Legitimizing it for “everyone” while offering free samples like drug dealer.

  • Godmars

    Hope this is the first DQ to fail, public reaction is nothing near what past games were, if only because of what this could mean to RPGs in general. That they could all become MMOs or take up the MMO model.

  • Code

    That’s kind of a curious way of doing free play that I’ve only seen once or twice before. Could potentially be good for people who might not wanna spend hours a day playing, but also don’t like pay-caps, or freenium style free to play MMO’s >3<;

  • I hope the Wii U version has unlimited offline play.

  • I know I sound like a broken record but Square its not an MMO you have here.

  • >Party and go to one dungeon
    >Meet The Boss
    >Time 2:59
    >One hit more …One hit….

  • break my balls

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    This will probably attract some gamers who hoped to be able to try this game first.^^
    But with this, it kinda shows that this game will not have F2P system.T_T

  • Ty Arnold

    You know, I don’t think I’ve ever played an MMO for more than 2 hours a day anyway.

  • Shane Guidaboni

    Well, that’s cool. 2 hours is plenty of play time for one day.

  • Setsuryuu

    I was very wary when I heard it was gonna be more than just online but paid-to-play but now things looks a little bit brighter! Good! xD

    And giving daily just-two-hour samples to a mmo audience, infamously know be the at the top of game-addictited players, is a very evil way of seducing them to the dark side of paid subscriptions! Devious gimmick! xD But hey, they got make their money~

  • Mago Iichi

    First off, I don’t care if Final Fantasy XI was successful for you SQE, Console MMORPGS are not good.
    Second, putting a fatigue system in a CONSOLE mmorpg based on a console rpg series, really?
    Third , the game will not only have a subscription, but the retail price of a full game, seriously?
    Square Enix, you just went full retard.

  • Can we thank Sega for upgrading their MMO service with PSO2? I mean, at least their “Premium” packages are only for things like those rooms you use to decorate in PSU, as well as other aesthetic stuff that don’t hinder your ability to play the ENTIRE freakin’ game!

    And we have Namco Bandai with a much more limiting curfew system: Play only 12 missions per day. win or lose, it still counts. Heh, at least it’s like playing in an arcade.

  • Godmars

    Not to be a total bastard, but has anyone else considered that the game might be JP-only? I mean it is where it sells best, its release is all but a national holiday, but such is not the case elsewhere.

    • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

      Nahh. This game will still come here i think but maybe only for Wii U considering Wii is considered dead outside of Japan.
      Well we can hope that the game will be F2P outside of Japan even though the chance is quite slim.T_T But if the game is fun and had a great community, i won’t had any problem joining the game here.^^

  • gouramiagogo

    Do. not. want.

  • Hmm, I think it’s a pretty smart idea. That way people get roped in and subscribe, right? And I don’t think the “kids” playing will want to play for more than two hours anyway.

    For a subscription-based game, this is pretty smart anyway. I’d like to think that we’re starting to move away from that become more of a balanced micro-transaction trend.

  • Scirm

    What the… ? SE, why :(

  • Nozomi

    Do this for America. Do this for America. Do this for America.

  • AJ

    Considering that Nintendo has been distributing the Dragon Quest games in North America…….I’m thinking SquareEnix won’t be too keen on setting up servers in North America, and why would Nintendo……or anyone….ever do that for a third party title?

  • darkfox1

    Whaoh new change to the comments section. I like it :D

  • Well, it’s a rather nice solution. I personally don’t play any games where I’m forced to pay up for a monthly subscription, because I believe having paid full price for the game should be enough to play it’s contents (even though I am aware that servers are expensive and so the costs need to be shared among everyone who plays the game). What I don’t like is that the hours are forced upon you, rather than having the game be free to play for two hours a day whenever you chose to log in. But it’s still a nice solution to cater to all audiences.

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