Square Enix’s role-playing game, Dragon Quest X Offline, is planned for release in the West, based on the latest report.
Twitter user Universalooo has shared that the local Gamestop in Germany is advertising promo sleeves for Dragon Quest X Offline. Upon inquiry, the Gamestop representative informed them that an outlet only receives promo sleeves when there is a release planned. The publisher has only confirmed plans to release Dragon Quest X Offline in Asian markets, but it looks like the West will also be receiving the game.
Furthermore, as seen in the details on the promo sleeve, Dragon Quest X Offline has already received a provisional PEGI 12 rating, suggesting that the game’s Western release is not far off.
Dragon Quest X Offline was first announced during the Dragon Quest 35th Anniversary Special live stream in 2021. Initially, it was set for release on February 26, 2022, in Japan, but the release date was later postponed to September 15, 2022. The offline version of the game uses Unreal Engine 4 instead of Crystal Tools. At the same event, they also announced Version 6 for the online game.
For those unfamiliar, Dragon Quest X is an MMORPG developed and published by Square Enix and is the tenth mainline installment in the Dragon Quest series. It was first released for the Wii in 2012 and later made available on other platforms, including the Wii U, Windows, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Android, iOS, and Nintendo 3DS, all of which support cross-platform play. However, except for a discontinued Windows version in Chinese, the game has remained exclusive to Japan.
Dragon Quest X is set in the world of Astoltia, where the player character starts as a human until an encounter with Nelgel the Netherlord results in their soul being transferred into a different race’s body. The main goal is to gather magical gems to seal Nelgel once again while the player character’s sibling is sent back in time to escape Nelgel’s clutches. The gameplay combines elements from other games in the long-running Dragon Quest series and modern MMORPGs, featuring real-time combat in an open world environment and a job system tied to skills and abilities.