The Square Enix RPG Dragon Quest X: Rise of the Five Tribes Online will release on PC on September 26th, at least if my Thai friend who reads Japanese is correct.
The MMORPG is hugely popular here in Thailand and much of the rest of Asia, even with Asians who only read minimal Japanese, but it’s only been available on the Wii and Wii U until now. So a lot of my Thai friends who are mainly PC gamers are very excited.
But…..before all of you in the west get your hopes up and start planning your Dragon Quest X……er……quest, whether Dragon Quest X is releasing on PC on September 26th or not probably won’t matter for most of you. Not unless you read Japanese, that is. And that’s because there is no indication whatsoever that this game is every going to be released in anything but………… Japanese.
Plus, it’s not only playing it in Japanese but signing on in Japanese, creating your character in Japanese, paying for the full game in Japanese and on and on – that makes most things more than just a minor pain in the ass.
In fact, I’d say, you might be better off watching a few Let’s Play Dragon Quest X: Rise of the Five Tribes Online videos instead. At least that way you can relax and enjoy the gameplay without worrying what those squiggly characters at the top of the screen mean.
There is, however, an excellent Let’s Play Dragon Quest X series, put together by some of the folks at The Official Nintendo Magazine who, weirdly, don’t speak any Japanese either. Check it out below and see for yourself what a non-Japanese speaker would have to put up with. Hilarious really.
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