Nightly News Roundup: 08.08.2012

Dragon Quest X aims to please… for a decade, physical media expected to plummet, and a big JRPG dev refocuses.

By Andy Hoover. Posted 08/08/2012 22:00 Comment on this     ShareThis

Dragon Quest X to Receive 10 Years of Support

Dragon Quest X is set to have a very long and healthy life-span. Japanese business publication Nikkei is reporting that Square Enix will offer significant, timely updates; somewhere to the tune of major content releases every ten weeks over the course of ten years. This corroborates a tweet from Yosuke Saito, the game’s producer, about a ten-week cycle for updates.

Source: Andriasang

Analyst Predicts Major Drop in Sales of Physical Product

Cowen & Company analyst Doug Creutz is predicting that the gaming industry is going to see a 26% year over year drop in the sale of non-digital video game products for 2012. This is a significant increase from 2011, which actually saw and 8% drop from 2010.

While the decline might slow down later this year with the launch of Wii U, the rest of 2012 has not been good for physical media. Sales of Wii hardware and software have been dwindling over the last several years, digital distribution is growing in prevalence, and even Xbox 360 and PS3 are seeing declining numbers as the hardware generation wears on.

Source: Games Industry

Mistwalker Moving Away from “Big RPGs”

Hironobu Sakaguchi, creator of Final Fantasy and head of Last Story studio Mistwalker, recently announced his company’s smaller plans for moving forward in an interview.

“Currently we don’t have any big RPG projects. At this time I would like to create games with a small production team and build up a good and solid team. I don’t know what will happen down the road. But that unknown is the life’s enjoyment, I think,” said Sakaguchi when asked about a follow up to The Last Story or making another RPG.

Instead, the famed developer will actually be working on a handful of iOS games including Party Wave, a game inspired by Sakaguchi’s own love of surfing, a sci-fi tower defense game, and another, unannounced title lacking any details.

Source: JP Games

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