UK publication EDGE managed to spend some time with Dragon Quest’s Executive Producer Yu Miyake. Plenty of interesting things were discussed in the interview including why the series has never really taken off in the west unlike Square Enix’s other property, Final Fantasy. Miyake attempted to explain why he believes that might be.
“One conclusion that we’ve reached is that it’s a question of historical timing,” he began. “When the Famicom came out, Dragon Quest was the key game everyone was playing. But when the PlayStation came out, Final Fantasy 7 was the game that everyone was playing. So the source of nostalgia is different for both groups: in Japan it’s Dragon Quest while overseas it’s Final Fantasy. The truth is that if we’d put a lot of effort into localising Dragon Quest at the time, we probably wouldn’t be facing this issue today. I probably shouldn’t be saying this, but we kind of messed up in that regard.”