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.