... And Causes Sony Investor Panic?
The recently-detailed JRPG Dragon Quest X is set to hit both the Wii and Wii U, with a brave new focus on online multiplayer that's an impressive first for the franchise. However, hints of a "usage fee" and a constant internet connection is causing a number of gamers to panic... and not only that, the shareholders are getting reckless. A new report suggests that Square Enix - and Sony - stock has taken a major hit following the recent announcement, and we've got the full details below.
In a new FAQ, Square Enix seems to confirm that a constant internet connection will be required to play Dragon Quest X after the first few tutorial hours. The wording is slightly ambiguous, and we'll endeavour to straighten it out.
Is it not possible to play without an internet connection. It’s possible to play offline for the first few hours after the start of the game. However, to play all elements of the game, an internet connection is required.
This new focus has apparently gotten the shareholders all riled up, as a new report from Japanese newspaper Nikkei [via Andriasang] suggests that "Dragon Quest Shock Causes Decline" in share prices and stock values for both Square Enix and Sony. Square Enix stock values are down 10% since yesterday, and Sony shares have apparently been hit due to the Nintendo exclusivity. "Political problems in Europe" are also mentioned, which could refer to the recently-solved LG patent debacle or the London Riots.
The head of Rakuten Investment Management told the paper that investors may be concerned that the appearance of DQX on Wii and Wii U could lead to Sony's games business losing customers. This concern, combined with problems in the company's television business, and an overall market slowdown due to an appreciating yen and political problems in Europe, have pushed the stock down.
We'll keep you updated as the situation unfolds.