Square Enix and mobile phone operator NTT DoCoMo announced a partnership to bring the full experience of the MMORPG Dragon Quest X to smartphones and tablets in Japan via the cloud gaming technology Gamecloud by the Taiwanese company Ubitus.
The game will be streamed directly to smart devices, starting with DoCoMo’s Android tablet dTab between December and February, in a fashion similar to how Gaikai works. Players will be able to use either an overlay touch screen user interface or an optional Bluetooth controller.
Square Enix Senior Vice President Tomoyoshi Osaki accompanied the announcement with the following statement:
By leveraging Ubitus’ distinguished technology and longest commercial experience in mobile cloud gaming, Square Enix is excited to bring our national flagship title to tablets and smartphones. We expect a dramatically wider range of fans to become accessible to the world of Dragon Quest X through the partnership with Ubitus.
Ubitus CEO Wesley Kuo added:
Ubitus is thrilled to join force with Square Enix to bring their cutting edge games like Dragon Quest X to the consumers through Cloud gaming services. Users can now share the MMORPG account information between cloud gaming version and other device versions. Both new user and existing user can enjoy the world’s first multi-device play across mobile, game console, and PC.
According to the announcement, NTT DoCoMo will also create a Dragon Quest themed smartphones with a special Dragon Quest mobile game preinstalled, and more Square Enix games are scheduled to follow the same route as Dragon Quest X in the future.