Dragon Quest X will be online; Wii U confirmed

The mysterious Dragon Quest X will be an online RPG coming to Wii U as well as Wii, developer and publisher Square Enix revealed at an event in Japan today, after years of silence. Nintendo 3DS features are also to be expected.

The Wii U edition of Dragon Quest X will have snazzier graphics, Andriasang reports, but will support cross-platform play with the Wii version. Square Enix mentioned in June that it was looking into developing Wii U games, but said at the time that it wasn't definite.

It's not clear quite how being online will change the game. Players still form parties by going to pubs, making it sound somewhat instanced, but you can see other players fighting in the game world and help them if they've fallen in battle.

You can play by yourself, too, purely with the support of NPC party members. You can also let your character be used as an NPC for their own parties, when you're not playing it yourself.

Nintendo 3DS features are not settled, but Dragon Quest creator Hori Yuuji noted that the team is looking at letting players transfer characters onto a 3DS then swap them with others.

Dragon Quest X is slated to launch in 2012, in Japan at least.