The topics of a smartphone version of Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies and an offline version of Dragon Quest X came up during the “Chou Dragon Quest X TV: Fall no Bunkasai 10-Hour Special 2018” held today in Japan.
Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies for Smartphones
According to Dragon Quest series executive producer Yuu Miyake, the Tag Mode functionality of the DS version of Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies, which was one of the main reasons it was such a big hit, has become a bottleneck in the production of a smartphone version, as it is difficult to reproduce on smartphones. However, convenient tools have recently been introduced that give hope to the development of a smartphone version, with Miyake saying, “I’m starting to see us being able to do it.”
Be that as it may, completely reproducing the Tag Mode functionality of the DS version would seemingly be difficult, as Miyake said that “it wouldn’t be in the same form as DS or 3DS.” As for whether the prospect of offering a similar experience has come up, Miyake said, “I’m starting to see us being able to do something.” Miyake also mentioned that with the Dragon Quest series lineup on smartphones being as substantial as it is, he would like Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies to join.
Offline Version of MMORPG Dragon Quest X
Former Dragon Quest X producer Yosuke Saito, who stepped down from the position on August 25, said, “Even within the traditional Dragon Quest series, Dragon Quest X is packed with excellent stories,” then added, “Talk of an offline version often comes up, and I don’t think the possibility is zero. It would be great if we could introduce it to fans to play somewhere.”
Miyake followed up on Saito, explaining that “Overseas, Dragon Quest X has not been released” and “3DS was also not as prevalent overseas, and there are people going from Dragon Quest VIII to XI.” Miyake showed a strong desire to develop an offline version of the game, saying, “Since Dragon Quest X has tons of rich stories, I would like to make something that can tell those stories, including to players overseas.”
Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies is currently available for DS worldwide, while Dragon Quest X is available for PlayStation 4, Switch, Wii U, 3DS, and PC in Japan.