Square Enix Turns DQVC Back On After Fan Outcry
After much outcry, Square Enix has turned the DQVC service back online for Dragon Quest IX as of 24 August 2013.
Square Enix Shuts Down DQVC Servers Without Warning
In late June 2013, Square Enix abruptly shut down the DQVC online servers for Dragon Quest IX without any prior notification to fans and users. Although many fans were expecting the service to be discontinued, most expected some sort of advanced warning from Square Enix or Nintendo prior to its discontinuation. Thanks to user ignasia for sharing this news.
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Square Enix and Nintendo Abandon Dragon Quest in North America
At the June 2013 E3 video games expo, no new Dragon Quest titles were featured or even mentioned. This seems to indicate that Square Enix and Nintendo are abandoning Dragon Quest in North America and Europe, based on the poor sales of Dragon Quest X on the Wii U in Japan. While it is possible that the 3DS remake of Dragon Quest VII might eventually be released worldwide, no titles are being identified as in development with a targeted western release. Due to mis-management and a poor decision in making Dragon Quest X an online-only, subscription game, North America and Europe are entering a second "dark age" for Dragon Quest similar to 1992-1999. This wiki will move into a mostly hibernation state due to lack of new available content. All of the momentum generated by the strong Dragon Quest IX sales in the summer of 2010 has been wasted by a Square Enix team that could not capitalize on its success in the larger western market.