US Gamer recently had to opportunity to speak to Dragon Quest mobile producer Noriyoshi Fujimoto who clarified that the company is content releasing their Dragon Quest titles on mobile and tablet devices which are becoming increasingly popular.
“What I’m expecting with these releases on mobile platforms is… if this were a console game, we’d be taking a lot of risk on a single title. But with these being mobile games, we’re releasing them in succession, with multiple titles in a short span of time. We’re hoping that’ll create momentum and get people interested in, make more people aware of the brand.”
We heard yesterday that Fujimoto would like to bring Dragon Quest VII to the Nintendo 3DS in the west, but he’s concerned about sales of the title and whether it’s worth localizing when they are doing well on mobile and tablet devices.
“But when we think about localization, when we think about having to translate all the text—unfortunately, it doesn’t go as smoothly. We have to think about costs and manpower.”
“We had actually given up on the idea of localization altogether, but because there’s such a great response we’re trying to rethink this, to see if there’s any way to make this more feasible. We’re recalculating, and figuring out the costs necessary. Trying to work out the details.”
The official Tokyo Game Show website has listed the Square Enix titles that will be shown at the event this month. Among the titles are Bravely Second and Final Fantasy Explorers which are both for the Nintendo 3DS. Of course, Square Enix could also reveal some new titles, but those are staying under wraps for now. It is also worth noting that Square Enix is yet to launch their official TGS page.
- Dragon Quest X Online
- Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King
- Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen
- Bravely Second
- Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn
- Chaos Rings III: Prequel Trilogy
- Kingdom Hearts 2.5 HD Remaster
- Final Fantasy Explorers
Dragon Quest mobile producer Noriyoshi Fujimoto and executive producer Yuu Miyake have told Siliconera that they’re considering localizing more Dragon Quest: Rocket Slime Games due to requests. Whether these will be for iOS devices remains to be seen, but it would be nice if they graced the Nintendo 3DS here in the west.
“You know, it’s funny, when we made Rocket Slime, we were targeting the game towards 8, 9, and 10-year-olds in Japan—but in the west, the average age of the person who bought Rocket Slime was 25! It seems like the grown-ups enjoyed the game and we were pleasantly surprised,” Fujimoto said to Siliconera.
“In terms of the Rocket Slime game… in Japan, there wasn’t a lot of feedback saying they wanted iteration, but in the western regions, especially North America, there are a lot of requests to see another Rocket Slime game. We’re curious to know, there are a lot of joking elements in it; did you enjoy the humor and the joke elements in it?”
“In Japan, we actually have a total of three titles in the Rocket Slime series. The western version was the second game. Compared to, say, a game like Dragon Quest VII, it’s less text to translate, so that’s not an impossible amount… so if [Rocket Slime 1] or [Rocket Slime 2] might be a great candidate…?”
Dragon Quest mobile producer Noriyoshi Fujimoto has told online gaming publication Siliconera that the company would like to bring the remastered version of Dragon Quest VII for the Nintendo 3DS to the west, but doesn’t think sales of the game will be high enough.
“In terms of DQVII, it has a lot of text to go through and translate,” Fujimoto said, “and we’ve received so many requests and so much positive feedback about the game, but unfortunately, we have to consider the cost and the manpower needed to handle the sheer load of text. In terms of scenario and script, the game is probably one of the largest in the DQ franchise. If a lot of people can buy it and support it… well, we can’t promise anything.”
“From Dragon Quest VIII and beyond, we’ve revamped the translation,” Fujimoto explained. “For example, we’ve added regional twangs like those from Baltic regions sounding Russian and things like that. We’ve also updated the spells and monster names, so any classic titles we revisit, we want to say consistent. That being said, when we go back and update the classic titles, we make these changes. That’s another step in the process.”
“Going back to people who want DQVII to come out… we’ve gotten a lot of requests, we really want to do it, but right now, we need to hammer out what kind of resources we’d need to do it. We say this a lot, but, we can’t seem to get to the point where it’s justifiable.”
Square Enix revealed earlier this week that the upcoming Final Fantasy Explorers for the Nintendo 3DS will enable you to transform into Cloud and other Final Fantasy protagonists. This is all part of the game’s unique Trance feature which will allow gamers to transform into other legendary Final Fantasy characters. The Trance feature will be time limited and the only character confirmed so far is Cloud, but we will inevitably hear about other characters in the coming months.
Square Enix has announced that the long-awaited sequel to Bravely Default will be playable at next month’s Tokyo Game Show. The news was revealed during today’s live stream of the game and will allow players to try out the new Asterisk holder and new jobs.
Square Enix is planning to hold a live Japanese broadcast which will focus on the forthcoming Bravely Second. The event will showcase new footage and will also give the developers a chance to talk about the game. The event will be broadcast next Monday at 9PM JST.
- Europe: 2PM
- UK: 1PM
- USA (East Coast): 8AM
- USA (West Coast): 5AM
- Japan: 9PM