Dragon Quest 30th Anniversary Livestream Sparks Overwhelmingly Negative Reception from Japanese Fans

Today Square Enix Held a 30th anniversary livestream for the Dragon Quest series from Tokyo, and many were expecting to see more about Dragon Quest XI, or at least about Dragon Quest Heroes II.

Unfortunately, those fans were disappointed, as the eleventh chapter of the series was a complete no show besides a couple of very generic teases, and while Dragon Quest Heroes II got a release date, no actual info about the game or footage was shared.

As a matter of fact, the whole event was extremely scarce in gameplay content or actual information about games, focusing a lot on information about events, concerts, shows and theme park attractions.

Unsurprisingly, this did not go well with the Japanese fans, almost 50,000 of whom watched the show on the local video service Nico Nico, that asks viewers to express their opinion at the end of each show. Below you can see the unflattering results.

  • It was very good: 8.6%
  • It was pretty good: 7.2%
  • It was average: 15.7%
  • It wasn’t very good: 15.1%
  • It was bad: 53.3%

That’s an overwhelming 68.4% expressing a negative opinion, with only 15.8% giving it a thumbs-up.

When it was announced that there would be no content shared about Dragon Quest XI, the chat, that on Nico Nico is displayed as an overlay to the video, was almost literally lit on fire by incredulous fans.

While the livestream did share a few (very few) interesting points, the negative reaction isn’t really surprising. For a 30th anniversary celebration, it was definitely quite boring.


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Giuseppe Nelva

Hailing from sunny (not as much as people think) Italy and long standing gamer since the age of Mattel Intellivision and Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Definitely a multi-platform gamer, he still holds the old dear PC nearest to his heart, while not disregarding any console on the market. RPGs (of any nationality) and MMORPGs are his daily bread, but he enjoys almost every other genre, prominently racing simulators, action and sandbox games. He is also one of the few surviving fans of the flight simulator genre on Earth.

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