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Square-Enix releases Dragon Quest X Online trial version for Switch in Japan

Try before you buy

Dragon Quest X Online's big Version 5 update is now available, which has numerous fans flocking back to the game. Square-Enix is also using this opportunity to woo in some new players, as they've added a special Dragon Quest X Online trial version to the Switch eShop today. The trial was previously only available to those who purchased Japanese copies of Dragon Quest XI S.

Dragon Quest XI S update available

Square-Enix has released an update for Dragon Quest XI S. We don't have a version number or full patch notes, but we do know that the update fixes issues with skills related specific characters and issues related to certain equipment.

Digital Foundry - Dragon Quest XI S analysis (A Brilliant, Clever, Multi-Platform Port)

An excellent job by Square-Enix

Yes, we're late to the party here - so thanks for all of the requests! This isn't a Switch classic, but judged in terms of its status as a multi-platform conversion, it's exceptionally impressive work. Join John Linneman for an in-depth breakdown on how Square-Enix brought a game that already taxed PlayStation 4 onto Nintendo's console hybrid while maintaining an remarkable level of quality and performance.

Check out the cover art for the retail release of Dragon Quest I, II, and III in China

All three in one box

Dragon Quest I, II, and III is seeing a retail release in China later this month, and today we finally get a look at the final cover art. There are no plans for a retail release of Dragon Quest I, II, and III in North America or Europe, but the Asian release is going to include English, making it import-friendly.

Final Fantasy VIII director looks back on the dev team's goals, critical response, and more

Reminiscing with Kitase

Game Informer recently featured an interview with Final Fantasy VIII director Yoshinori Kitase in order to look back on the game alongside the Remastered version's release. Check out a summary of the interview below.

- inspiration for VIII came from VII in an effort to contrast VII's dark tones, but also from the team's "days as students"
- the team thought a story about kids in school would be a nice, cheerful story to go with
- the team didn't really worry about the junction (new magic) system
- the team was more worried about the reaction to the whole "school-drama story"
- Kitase says that they really wanted to try something beyond "defeat the monster, you get some money, you get XP"
- "Final Fantasy VIII sold very well, and in that sense, it was successful. But as far as reviews at the time went, they were kind of all over the place."
- Kitase says the salary mechanic (in which students get paid periodically) as a chief reason why some people didn't like it
- he also believes the slow burn of the junction system annoyed people
- Kitase was inspired by Magic: The Gathering to create the Triple Triad minigame

Chrono Trigger Tribute Album EPOCH Now Available

One of the greatest game soundtracks of all time

SEATTLE - October 22, 2019 - Materia Collective is pleased to present EPOCH: A Tribute to Chrono Trigger, a 60-track album celebrating Yasunori Mitsuda's beloved SNES-era soundtrack. EPOCH features rock, jazz, ballads and more with highlights such as a beautiful acoustic guitar rendition of "Frog's Theme," an over-the-top Broadway-style musical reimagining of "The Trial," an autotune pop vocal ballad of "Robo's Theme," an epic narrative retelling of Magus's summoning of Lavos, and a lovely bossa nova version of the Millennial Fair among many other gems. Contributing artists include Videri String Quartet, The Game Brass, String Player Gamer and indie game composers John Robert Matz (For the King) and Jordan Chin (ZENITH), and many others. EPOCH: A Tribute to Chrono Trigger is licensed and available wherever digital music is sold:

"Chrono Trigger is one of our favorite games of all time, so there was no question in our minds that we wanted to pay tribute to its beloved music," comment EPOCH producers Jeff Brenneman and Daniel Romberger. "When crafting our vision for EPOCH, we thought a lot about how the characters in the game combine their skills to create unique and powerful tech combos. We wanted to honor this spirit of teamwork by encouraging musicians of different skill sets and backgrounds to band together in a similar fashion in order to make each performance one-of-a-kind. Everyone put a tremendous amount of work and love into this album, and we are proud to present our take on this timeless soundtrack."

Dragon Quest I/II/III "Out Now":trailer

Three classics that could be yours!

The first three games in the beloved DRAGON QUEST™ RPG franchise are now available for Nintendo Switch™. The releases are perfect for long-time fans, as well as newer players looking to experience a slice of gaming history with these influential classics. Each game in the legendary Erdrick trilogy may be purchased separately as a digital download from the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo Switch, including: DRAGON QUEST, DRAGON QUEST II: Luminaries of the Legendary Line™ and DRAGON QUEST III: The Seeds of Salvation®.

Square-Enix talks about their work squeezing Dragon Quest XI's file size down to fit on Switch

Quest complete!

Square-Enix did a lot of work to squeeze Dragon Quest XI S onto the Switch. They managed to take 30 GB PS4 file size and work that down to 13.5 GB on Switch. How in the world did Square-Enix pull that off? The company shared a tiny bit of insight on the topic in a Famitsu feature.

Square-Enix ended up reducing the file size of all assets tied to the game. Obviously there's a number of different steps that had to be taken with these elements, as some things are harder to shrink down than others. Still, the reduction in file size required for each aspect of the game let them shave things down all the way to 13.5 GB on Switch. This also had the added bonus of making the Switch version load faster!

GoNintendo Video - Why can't Dragon Quest find its footing outside of Japan?

The quest for acceptance

Dragon Quest XI S' debut sales have come out in the states, and unfortunately, they're a bit of a disappointment. Once again, it seems Dragon Quest has a tough time finding an audience outside of Japan. Let's talk about why that might be.

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Dragon Quest X gets a new commercial

Version 5 update coming soon!

Dragon Quest X is getting its big Version 5 update on Oct. 24th, 2019, which is why Square-Enix is putting out some new commercials to spread the word. The above commercial features Otenki Nori and Rin Nagata promoting the game.

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