"Dragon Quest X" Becomes First Game Available to Legally Rent in Japan

Square Enix works out a special deal with retail chain Tsutaya

Intellectual property laws in Japan aren't quite the same as they are elsewhere. In Japan, you can rent CDs and DVDs. You can also sell back used games. You can call a Big Mac a Big Mac. You don't even need to refer to it as "Le Big Mac." However, those IP laws don't allow for game rentals. 

Dragon Quest X is proving to be an exception.


Square Enix has worked out a deal with media retail chain Tsutaya where you can rent/sample Dragon Quest X for eight days and seven nights – for free, including a special code that allows you to play online. After the trial you can purchase Dragon Quest X from Tsutaya for 3,800 yen ($46), with save data carrying over to the full version.


Dragon Quest X was released in Japan for the Wii back on August 2nd.


via SiliconEra


Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain't It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime.

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