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North America: More Dragon Quest Games Could Come If Dragon Quest Heroes Sells

I’m sure most of you would have heard, but Square Enix announced a few months ago that Dragon Quest Heroes for the PlayStation 4 will be coming to the west in October. This isn’t new news. However, Dragon Quest series executive producer Yuu Miyake has told Polygon that if sales for the Dragon Quest spin-off live up to the company’s expectations then they will certainly be more confident in releasing more Dragon Quest titles in North America. Interestingly we heard the other day that Dragon Quest producer Yuji Horii let slip that the Nintendo 3DS Dragon Quest titles will be coming to France. This certainly makes sense as JRPG’S are known to sell in Europe, but it sounds like Square Enix is more cautious about the North American market.

“We want to get them out here,” Miyake said. “We really do! The Dragon Quest games are very text-heavy, so the time and the cost it takes to localize these and do it well is quite something. Business-wise, we have to think quite hard whether we’ll make that money back from localizing to North America. It’s always been a difficult decision. But the more you tell us, the louder the voices, the more likely we are to do it.”

“We’re really using this as a kind of opening up of the market,” he explained. “We can gauge whether the American people might want to go back after Heroes and see some of the other Dragon Quest games. Hopefully we could use that as leverage to get those out over here.”

It’s got more potential to sell here,” he said.

Thanks, MasterPikachu6

45 comments

  1. Maybe I’LL get a sequel if I sell well! You guys do want that… right? RIGHT!?

    1. I foresaw the future: federation force will bomb, it wont’t get a sequel snd what is worse, the guys on nintendo will bury the series. The sales of federation force will only show them gamers are not interested in the prime series at all.
      Still, it’s only the future and only you guys can change it.

      1. I knew it! You’re just like the rest of them! I’ll show you!! I’ll show you ALL!!!!! I’LL BE GAME OF THE YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      2. I think this website posted an article about how many people at Nintendo are interested in working on a Metroid Prime 4, but it would be released for NX instead of the Wii U, since development hasn’t even started. So I think it’s safe to say, nintendo won’t think that way, whether this game bombs or not. I think they can tell the difference between a spin-off and a full fledged Metroid game. At least, I hope so.

        I think the only way Metroid Prime Federation force will do well is if they give is a demo. From what I’ve heard from people who chose to play it at E3, it sounded like they had a blast with it. But anyone who’s looking at it, expecting a Metroid title, won’t come within ten feet of the game. It crushed a lot of people’s hearts, it’s hard to sell something like that.

        1. i was trying to please the haters ;)
          I am keeping my eyes on the game so i will decide if i must give it a chance or not. what i saw of the game, it looks interesting. After all, it’s a spin off.

      3. Good. If Metroid is going to get dragged through the mud with kiddy and/or casual spin off games, I’d rather it die than see it suffer the same fate as Sonic.

        1. Turning Metroid into that crap is as bad as taking the Alien franchise & turning it into a Saturday morning cartoon for little kids to watch. Being a spin-off is NOT a good defense for this. Prometheus, despite being hated by some, if not many, still stayed true to the feel of the Alien franchise that it is a spinoff of.

  2. I guess that means no more games are coming then. Lol. I don’t think they’ll sell over here.

  3. Eh, if the cost of localization is too high for Square Enix, maybe they can get Nintendo or Sony CE to localize their games for them again.

  4. Lol, other than NOA, the North American market is better for just about everything niche.

    1. At least, NOA behaves that way. But for pretty much everything else no JRPG’s don’t sell better in Europe than NA, ask any other company.

      1. France can’t beat north America when it comes to JRPG. The only issue is lot of publisher localise game since 2000’s.and the price of games are more expensive in Europe than Us.Hence why sales are higher in Us

  5. I can understand them wanting to test the market, but this example really doesn’t make sense. Dragon Quest Heroes is a completely different game from VII and VIII. Heroes selling well doesn’t exactly show that VII and VIII will sell and vice versa. Especially since they’re on different platforms.

    1. Well, Namco Bandai tested the US market for the Digimon World RPGs, a franchise that died in the US up until a few years ago and is slowly regrowing. They released a low-budget crappy brawler game to test the market (though the developers indeed handled the source material well and did some justice), and most dedicated fans bought the game to show their demand (money speaks more than petitions). Now we’re getting the new Digimon Story game in 2016.

      While, yes, these games that test the market are horrible representatives of the games that the fans actually want, at the same time they’re not very text heavy so it’s cheaper to localize. And the dedicated fanbase is going to buy it anyway.

      Besides, Dragon Quest Heroes looks like a good game.

  6. Well, if a spinoff does well, then yeah, the chances of success for a mainline entry look even better. But if a spinoff does poorly, then who can really tell? A lot of fans of a brand usually favor the mainline entries more than the spinoffs.

    Also, considering a lot of the recent momentum for Dragon Quest came from DS, both the handheld & Nintendo ecosystems, I’m unsure if PS4, or an entry in the home-console ecosystem is the best place to gauge demand. Certainly, PlayStation’s past ecosystem was a breeding ground for Dragon Quest, but that’s been less & less the case after PS2 & with the turnover of the series to DS. Then there’s the recent 3DS & mobile remakes to consider, @ least in Japan.

    Furthermore, w/ the amount of resources put into the PS4 spinoff, there needs to be a very high degree of sales to count as a monetary success.

    Relying on DQ Heroes to decide the fate of more localization looks to me like a very steep challenge, & a bit misguided.

    1. “Dragon Quest Heroes is currently the second best selling PS4 game in Japan, and the first not including hardware bundles. The game received both positive commercial and critical reception.”

      It’s a bit misguided, yes, but I think the mindset Square Enix is going for is that since the game is such a huge success in Japan, despite selling on a console where there hasn’t been a Dragon Quest game since the PS2 days, they’d be able to do the same in the US if the fanbase is just as dedicated and strong.

  7. I would show support if I had a ps4 just because I like dragon Quest But basically he is saying to support the ps4 game in order to possibly get the games that are on 3ds and wii u. Kind of stupid logic if you ask me.

  8. Isn’t this the same shit Squeenix pulled when they said they wanted a new Final Fantasy to sell more than FF7 before they’d remake it?! Problem is Squeenix can’t seem to currently make a better FF than FF7, just like they can’t seem to make a better Dragon Quest than DQ8.

      1. IX was good too, I just liked the storyline in VIII better. I also thought the music and dialogue were better too. IX has slightly better gameplay, except for the mmo-like stuff. I don’t care much for that. I think my overall opinion of IX has also weakened because Nintendo shut down the DS’s online :(

  9. Honestly, I am not interested in Dragon Quest games. I’m just… not. Sorry for those of you who do, but I won’t be supporting them.

    1. Considering that Nintendo consoles make good secondary complimentary systems to the other two and many gamers have two consoles….yeah kind of. It’s also about the general support for the series overall.

      1. Except Sonic sells best on Nintendo systems, which goes for most games that for younger players.

        1. I’m not sure what your point is. We’re not talking about Sonic which is an entirely different situation and has different context.

      2. Also, a huge portion of Square Enix fans, RPG fans, and general Japanese game fans are on PlayStation consoles.

      3. You can also say considering Wii U released first… Yeah neither of those is logical.

        I’m not sure if they released/had more support with Sony vs Nintendo.

    1. Hey, at least it’s not like what Namco Bandai did with Digimon. That spin-off was actually bad, but the fans bought it and now we’re getting Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth, the first Digimon main game to be released outside of Japan in forever.

      Dragon Quest Heroes is actually a good game, a crossover between Dyntasy Warriors and Dragon Quest. In fact, it’s currently the second best selling PS4 game in Japan, and the first not including hardware bundles.

  10. wow, just wow. i like the main dragon quest games and I buy all of them if released here in the US, but I don’t really want the heroes game plus I don’t have a PS4 and don’t plan on getting one.

    What a bunch of hogwash to make the spin off sales responsible for bringing over the main games.

  11. So if I want to get Dragon Quest VIII, an RPG, for my 3DS in the States, I have to buy Dragon Quest Heroes, a hack & slash, for the Playstation 4? That’s bullshit, really. That’s like Nintendo suddenly telling Japan “You want the next Legend of Zelda game!? Then buy Hyrule Warriors first & THEN we’ll talk!” How about you motherfuckers pony up the fucking dough & just localize it? Fuck! Just do an eShop release only if you have to test the waters first, ya dicks! I already have to get Samurai Warriors Chronicles 3 from the eShop, so I don’t mind doing the same for DQ8! This is bad as Square Enix saying “You want another Chrono game? Then you should buy more!” Sooooooooooooo much hate!

    1. Anyway, I will definitely try out Dragon Quest Heroes when I actually have a PS4!

    2. Um. Ok. I can see where you’re coming from. BUT… It would make zero sense to bring the games over here if they’re going to sell like trash. This is a test to see if people are interested. There are a lot of PS4 owners so it does kind of have a chance to succeed. But I can’t be too sure about that because you already know what most people over here in the west seem to play. (Stuff like Assassin’s Creed, CoD, etc) We’ll see though.

      1. This is why more developers should opt for the digital only release if they are afraid the game won’t do well in other territories. This way they don’t waste millions of dollars on making retail copies. I’d rather be forced to go digital with a game I really want than never get it at all.

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