The original response to Dragon Quest IX for the DS was mixed, as the series appeared to be heading in a more multiplayer focused direction. The game went underground for a while after that, as Square Enix retooled the game. What came out on the other side was much more in line with Dragon Quest traditions, but that desire to break the mold is back again, as Dragon Quest X is apparently an MMO.
Dragon Quest X was revealed over the weekend, and Andriasang has been pouring over the available details to provide a better picture of what we're in for. First of all, Dragon Quest X is coming to both Wii and Wii U. It's unclear what differences to expect or how far apart the releases will be. Nintendo has not announced a release date for Wii U yet.
It's the first Dragon Quest game to be developed completely internally within Square Enix, and while the look suggests an MMO, apparently the whole game can be completed solo. You will, however, have to hop online after a few hours, and at least in Japan, there's going to be a subscription fee.
Don't expect any motion control stuff here, either. The game will support all of the Wii's control schemes, from the Wii remote to the Classic Controller. You'll also be able to plug in a USB keyboard.
Final Fantasy was able to successfully make the jump to MMO--at least the first time. Dragon Quest fans are notoriously behind keeping with tradition, and we've yet to see Dragon Quest's take on combat and exploration, which may go a long way to soothing fears of too much change.
It's also unclear what the plans are for the rest of the world. Dragon Quest already has limited appeal outside of Japan, so would Square Enix risk tacking additional fees on top? Maybe it won't even leave Japan. We'll have to wait.