Train2Game News Dragon Quest Tact Hits 3 Million Downloads

SQUARE ENIX® today announced that the massively popular mobile tactical RPG, DRAGON QUEST™ TACT, has surpassed 3 million downloads since its January 27 global release.

To celebrate, both new and seasoned players can complete limited-time quests to earn a total of 2,000 Gems.

Players who have not yet begun their adventure in DRAGON QUEST TACT can enjoy all of the above content, plus they can receive the iconic King Slime monster if they begin playing before 11:59 AM PT on February 28.

Additionally, now until 12:0o P.M. PT on February 28, players can purchase a limited-time global exclusive bundle using 100 premium Gems. This bundle contains 50 EXP Codex L, 100 Skip Tickets, 10 Regular SP Scout Vouchers and 30,000G, and is perfect for new players getting started on their adventure.

“People across Japan have been having lots of fun playing DRAGON QUEST TACT, so I’m extremely pleased that the game is now available worldwide,” said DRAGON QUEST TACT General Director Yuji Horii in a recent video message to commemorate the game’s global launch.

“I hope that the game provides a fun experience for DRAGON QUEST enthusiasts and new players to the series alike.”

In DRAGON QUEST TACT, players will embark on an epic, tactical journey to diminish the evil that plagues the world of Orchesterra and join forces with familiar DRAGON QUEST series monsters along the way to save the world. Players will strategically build teams of iconic DRAGON QUEST monsters and direct them in heated tactical battles that unfold on a grid-like map.

Along the way, players can recruit new monsters as allies and upgrade their favorites to take on more ferocious battles.

Additionally, the Battle Road challenges adventurous players with even more story content for players eager to learn more about their monster allies. New and more experienced players can enjoy this new form of combat in this simple-yet-deep tactical RPG game that features a large roster of beloved monsters.

DRAGON QUEST TACT is available as a free download with in-app purchases on the App Store® or Google Play Store™.

Train2game News Broadband Genie Download Research

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UK broadband comparison website Broadband Genie has today released research revealing game downloads and patches discourage many (55%) gamers from a purchase due to long download times, with 22% saying anything over 10GB is too much.

Many recent triple-A games have been as large as 46GB to download, whilst expansions and patches can be anything from a few MB to more than 15GB.

The average broadband speed in countries such as the UK, US and Germany is around 13Mb, while many other countries around the world fall far below that. On a 13Mb connection a 40GB game will take around 7 hours to download assuming the connection runs at full speed the entire time, but in reality the actual download time could be much longer due to other activity on the connection and network congestion.

Rob Hilborn, head of strategy at Broadband Genie, says: “Games have exploded in size in the past few years, yet broadband speeds across the world are struggling to keep pace. With exclusive digital deals and more games coming with day-one patches and regular updates, gamers have to suck up the long wait times or be excluded altogether.

“This is only going to get worse for those on slow connections as games continue to bloat and become increasingly reliant on fast broadband. Some gamers will be excluded from access to good deals, expansions and online multiplayer. But unfortunately there’s no easy fix for consumers as the onus is on governments and providers to speed up the rollout of fast broadband.”

The survey also revealed PlayStation gamers are more likely to take advantage of its digital store (54%) than Xbox users (41%). However the majority (72%) still think physical copies provide the best value, but digital has the advantage of offering faster access to games and a wider range of titles.

Rob continues: “ The digital stores on the current generation of console are much more user friendly than their predecessors, so it’s no surprise to see users taking advantage of them. Only the other day we heard Fallout 4 sold more digitally than through retail on day one, which is amazing.

“Unfortunately, unlike Steam on the PC, the Playstation Network and Xbox Store have fewer big sale events and charge full price on new releases for the convenience of being able to download them, which means in most cases you’re still better off buying a boxed copy if you want the best value.”