Dragon Quest X, the popular MMO version of the series, is getting an offline version. The offline version will be releasing in Japan on February 26. Dragon Quest X Offline has been confirmed for the Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS5, and PC when it is released on February 26. Although the offline release of the game is so far only confirmed for Japan, there are hopes that it will see a western release in the future. Dragon Quest X first launched way back in 2012 as a Japan-only online version of the Dragon Quest franchise. The MMO has been successful in Japan, receiving ports to virtually every platform since its initial release on the Nintendo Wii.
Dragon Quest X Western Release?
The offline version of Dragon Quest X has sparked renewed hopes that the game will finally be released in the west. Dragon Quest X made sense as a Japan-exclusive back in 2012. The Dragon Quest franchise had a much smaller fan base in the west when Dragon Quest X was being developed. However, over the past decade, the Dragon Quest franchise has seen massive success in the west. Dragon Quest XI, the latest mainline entry in the series, was a resounding success, in part due to the increased interest in the Dragon Quest franchise outside of Japan. Dragon Quest XI had the best launch of any game in the series, doubling the amount of money earned by the previous mainline entry, Dragon Quest IX, during the first month
Although the landscape for the Dragon Quest franchise has changed in the west, it still probably didn’t make sense for Square Enix to commit to releasing the nine-year-old MMO outside of Japan. Releasing an offline version of the game would be a much simpler undertaking. Now that the offline version is confirmed for February 26 in Japan, maybe a Dragon Quest X western release will be announced in 2022.
For now, there’s the announcement trailer for the Japanese release!