You know the world is coming to an end once Dragon Quest gets put on PCs, but that’s just what Square Enix is doing. Thanks to a pre-order ad leak, we now know that Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree’s Woe and the Blight Below will be getting a port released through Steam.
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For over three decades, the Dragon Quest series has been one of console gaming’s most stalwart franchises, acting as the clear definition for what sets apart PC and console RPGs. Not until Dragon Quest X did any of the main entries wind up on home computers, and that was done out of pure desperation since it floundered on the Wii and Wii U. The franchise has also completely dodged any and all attempts to create cheap browser based spin-offs.
The closest it comes to non-console releases is the recent migration onto smartphones with several of the remakes and a few original titles.
Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree’s Woe and the Blight Below has been getting a lot of critical praise so far this year, and Square Enix no doubt wants as many people to play it as possible. Recent trends in video games also see many of its JRPG brethren eventually being ported to the PC anyway, like Tales and Final Fantasy.
It doesn’t take an overly brilliant mind to see what is going on here. If this does well, Dragon Quest XI could possibly be following in its footsteps and seeing a PC release. Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree’s Woe and the Blight Below is merely a testing ground for a future push into the PC market.
It seems this is just what these niche JRPG franchises need to do to survive these days.