Dragon Quest IX may be embracing that very modern gaming feature known as "download content." In its latest update on the game over in Japan today, Square Enix provided a vague hint that players would be able to go online to expand upon the game. Details were not provided.
Downloadable quests wouldn't be too surprising a feature for DQIX. The game has a hefty quest system, with players being able to take part in optional quests apart from the typical epic RPG storyline. Additionally, Wi-Fi Connection support has always been listed as planned for the game; download content would certainly qualify as that!
It's also worth noting that many Japanese companies have started offering downloads for their games. Sega has thus far shared eleven download mission updates for Phantasy Star Portable. Sony just released a second download quest for White Knight Chronicles. Namco Bandai has also released a couple of download mission packs for Dynasty Warriors Gundam 2.
The above download content share one thing in common: they're all free. With gamers in Japan expected to pay an MSRP of over $60 for DQIX, and with the game drawing lots of young players, it seems reasonable to assume that download content for DQIX would also be closer to the zero yen side of things.
This is all speculation, though. Square Enix shares DQIX updates every other week with the Japanese media, so we expect to hear something solid in the next few weeks -- or certainly before DQIX's March 28 release date.
While waiting for more, be sure and check out our image gallery, which now contains screens of DQIX's treasure map system. This new feature for the series allows players to track down dungeons containing secret treasure by follow roughly drawn maps that they receive during their quest.
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