At one time Dragon Quest IX was said to have real time battles. Square Enix never demonstrated so this is more like dead hearsay since the final version of Dragon Quest IX stuck with turn based combat.
In a competitive twist Blue Dragon: Ikai no Kyojyuu will have real time battles and itís being called a ďcasual MMORPGĒ. Like Dragon Quest IX you start the game making a character. You can pick a male or female avatar and also like Dragon Quest IX your outfit changes depending on your equipment. Some of the costumes shown include samurai armor and a full cat suit. Hopefully, Blue Dragon: Ikai no Kyojuu wonít get leftovers from Akira Toriyamaís batch of rejected Dragon Quest IX costumes. Toriyama is doing art for both games. One feature not found in Dragon Quest IX is you can change the main characterís voice.
Blue Dragon: Ikai no Kyojyuu might be a Diablo-like MMO, but you can play the game alone. Up to three characters can join your party and when you donít have anyone around Shuís crew fills in the gap. Shadows arenít attached to specific characters anymore either so you can give the main character Shuís Dragon shadow or Jiroís Minotaur. Donít worry if you donít recognize those characters. You wonít need any previous knowledge of the Blue Dragon franchise to play Blue Dragon: Ikai no Kyojyuu when it comes out in Japan later this year.
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