Square Enix has unveiled the Japanese box art for the Nintendo 3DS version of Dragon Quest VIII, featuring artwork of several key characters – including heroes and foes alike. The upcoming role-playing game is scheduled to launch in Japan on August 27 for Nintendo 3DS. Players take control of a hero whose primary goal is to find a way to save his king and fellow countrymen from the evildoings of Dhoulmagus.
Western Nintendo 3DS owners have been asking Square Enix for what seems like forever when we will finally get to play the Dragon Quest remakes that are currently available for purchase in Japan. The lucky Japanese have access to Dragon Quest VII and Dragon Quest VIII remakes and western fans are clamouring for them to be released over here. All we’ve heard so far is that the company is currently “thinking about” releasing them here.
Horii also says that Square Enix are aware fans want the Nintendo 3DS remakes of Dragon Quest VII and Dragon Quest VIII in the West, and that the company is “thinking about it”.
Yuji Horii, the creator of the Dragon Quest series, has reconfirmed that the next mainline Dragon Quest title will be for home consoles and will be an offline game. This should reassure many, as the last main Dragon Quest Game was X for the Wii U and PC which was an online adventure. Dragon Quest 11 will be a traditional Dragon Quest game that we are all used too. Which consoles it will be for remain a mystery but the PlayStation 4 is a given, perhaps it will grace the NX which is expected to launch later next year.
- (On the series’s 30th anniversary, and DQ11) “I don’t have much to tell now, but we’re making many preparations. One thing is for certain, Dragon Quest 11 will be an offline game”
- (About action combat like Dragon Quest Heroes) “No, Dragon Quest 11 will return to the roots of Dragon Quest. Another action RPG would be like Heroes, and we want to distinguish between the two.”
- (On the possibility of a large-scale remake a la FF7 of older titles such as DQ3) “There are no plans at the moment, but there’s possibilities in the future.”
- (On Dragon Quest for smartphones) “I think games should be designed for the platforms they’re on. Dragon Quest 11 is designed for home consoles.”
- (On virtual reality) “I had the chance to experience Morpheus, and if I get the opportunity, I’d like to make something with that sort of technology.”
Square Enix has revealed that they are hard at work on a new Final Fantasy Adventure game. Platforms haven’t been announced but glancing around on various message boards suggests that it’s either for handhelds or mobile and smartphone devices. The original Final Fantasy Adventure was a spin-off Final Fantasy title for the Game Boy in 1991 and was fairly well received.
The reaction was extremely good when Square Enix announced that they’re remaking Final Fantasy VII for the PlayStation 4 and possibly the Xbox One, but will they stop there? Square Enix’s Tetsuya Nomura has hinted to Venture Beat that he wants more Final Fantasy remakes but he is setting his sights on older Final Fantasy titles like those for the Nintendo Entertainment System, Super Nintendo and Gameboy Advance. Specifically he is interested in Final Fantasy V and VI. There’s clearly money to be made from remakes so it’s not too surprising.
“Considering that we have remakes of Final Fantasy up to IV and then we have VII — I’ve been working with Mr. [Yoshinori] Kitase since Final Fantasy V, and we’ve noticed that V and VI are missing. That bothers me,” Nomura said. “How come we skipped over those two?”
Today, as I’m sure most of you are aware, is Square Enix’s E3 press conference. The show starts after Nintendo’s and promises to be something special. Kingdom Hearts Insider is reporting that Square Enix have five currently announced games to showcase, as well as an impressive six unannounced games. I know lots of you are hoping for some western release dates for the Dragon Quest titles, which are currently Japan only at present. We should find out soon enough.
We haven’t really got too long to wait until Square Enix’s E3 press conference which is bound to include a number of surprises and hopefully some games for Nintendo platforms. To get yourself hyped for the event then you can indulge yourself with this Square Enix presents E3 2015 hype video which should suitably set you in the mood for what’s to come next week.