After years of speculation by fans, and silence by Square Enix, Dragon Quest X has finally been revealed. Dragon Quest X will be coming to Wii in 2012 and Wii U at a time to be determined. The game will be an online RPG. The Wii U version is said to be graphically superior, though both versions can work together. Dragon Quest X is being developed internally by Square Enix, a first for the series.
The formal title for Dragon Quest X is "Dragon Quest X Mezameshi Itsutsu no Shuzoku Online." According to our friends at Andriasang, that roughly translates to "The Five Awakening Races Online."
For its Wii release, Dragon Quest X will ship not only with a disc, but a USB, presumably to allow the system to support post-release content. The game will support Wii Remotes with Nunchucks, Classic Controllers and even USB keyboards. There is no mention of support for GameCube controllers.
As expected, Akira Toriyama is handling the character designs, with Sugiyama Koichi composing the game's music. DQX is described as having a huge story, spread across five continents and five different races. According to Andriasang's translation of the event, the game will feature a job class system, though few details were provided. Players will be able to create their own characters as well as weapons and accessories, if they have the proper job skills.
Square did show video of the Wii version through pre-recorded, in-game clips. Precisely how many players could play simultaneously was not mentioned, calling into question how "massive" this online RPG might be. However, footage did show groups of players fighting alongside other groups. Clearly there are still plenty of details to be revealed. On Wii, the game could loosely be likened to 2005's Dragon Quest VIII for the Playstation 2. Japanese site 4Gamer has released a screenshot. See it below: