During the Dragon Quest series 35th anniversary live stream, Square Enix revealed Dragon Quest X Offline. The game will let players enjoy the tenth mainline game without the need for a network connection, albeit with a slightly different presentation. [Thanks, 4Gamer!]
The original Dragon Quest X online game’s known art style features characters with normal body proportions. This is where the new offline version will have its biggest difference. It will instead feature the characters with chibi proportions. It’s worth noting that the announcement of an offline version does not mean the original online game is ending soon.
The Dragon Quest X Offline reveal trailer shows what the new game will look like.
While Dragon Quest X Offline was one of the many titles revealed at the anniversary stream, this game was only announced for release in Japan. The titles that have been confirmed for a worldwide release are Dragon Quest Treasures, an HD-2D remake of Dragon Quest III: The Seeds of Salvation, and the newest numbered mainline title Dragon Quest XII: The Flames of Fate.
Square Enix also revealed a new sixth version to Dragon Quest X Online. It will be available in Fall 2021 with the subtitle Heroes of the Heavenly Stars. The company is looking very eager to celebrate the online game’s 10th anniversary in Summer 2022.
Square Enix will release Dragon Quest X Offline in 2022 in Japan. It has yet to announce platforms for this title. As a reference, the original Dragon Quest X online game is currently available for PC, Nintendo 3DS, Wii U, Switch, and PlayStation 4. Although it originated on Nintendo Wii in 2012, Square Enix pulled the plug on the legacy platform in 2017.