A couple months ago, SEGA announced 7th Dragon III Code: VFD for Nintendo 3DS in North America. While the game's premise is certainly a bit off the wall – you travel through time to fight dragons, or something like that – it looks like an interesting choice for any fans of the RPG genre. Previously, we were just given a vague 'summer' release window for the title, but it's now been nailed down with a release date.
SEGA announced on Twitter recently that the game will be hitting stores on 12th July. For those of you who are collectors, there will also be a limited launch edition that comes with a 28-page art book. We'll be sure to have a review up with our thoughts, but in the meantime, check out this video showcasing some of the locales:
What do you think? Are you interested in picking this up? For you Europeans, would you like to see this come to your region? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
The extras are nice, but this seems like an RPG I won't regret avoiding. DQ7 and 8 in the future!
This looks really good. I love the art style and time travel setting. The graphics and music look pretty good too. I just love turn based RPGs with weapons, magic, and leveling up classes and skills. This looks like it fits right in.
I need to learn about how the game plays more, all I know is that it has a crazy name and I am not a fan of that battle ui look, that's it.
Oh look a new game from Atl- wait what
The japanese demo sold me on that game a long time ago. Can't wait to play it in a language I understand!
Supposedly the series is one of those great "Never made it West" series. It's from the designer of Etrian Odyssey and the designer of Phantasy Star.
Jeremy Parish had a good writeup on the first game a few years back. He described it as Etrian meets Dragon Quest 3.
Google "gamespite 7th dragon" and you'll find it. HardcoreGaming101 also has a good writeup.
@Meowpheel Ha, my initial reaction. I had to double check the publisher to be sure.
Wow, always wanted to play these games, hopefully it arrives in EU by 2017.
Looks very good and very much like an Atlus game, which, in my opinion at least, is the best compliment a non-Nintendo game can get. I'll definitely be trying this.
With all the possible love&respect for Nintendo, it's so sad to think in 2016 we're still talking about region lock and localisation...😥
And people still say that turn-based JRPGs are dead... The 3DS is doing a great job of proving that wrong this year, at least for Western audiences. As a huge fan of turn-based games, I'm keeping an eye on this. I want to support newer ones as much as possible just so we can keep getting these types of games. This isn't an incredibly high priority (Dragon Quest VII and VIII take that spot), but I definitely plan on following this one!
Dont...really see... anyone talking about region lock here (except you mentioning it).
Localization on the other hand, well that's never going away. Games need to be in a language people understand. Very few people are willing to play a game in a language that may was well be chicken-scratch heiroglyphics, especially when it comes the the most text-heavy genre there is- the JRPG.
Why does Atlantis look the most futuristic and Eden the least futuristic? It's supposed to be the other way around.
"For you Europeans, would you like to see this come to your region?"
Oh,well, no interest for a virtual purchase, too bad for my RPGs lust I was born in Europe.
Will give the game a go. Another RPG is always nice.
As someone who has played a little of The first 2 games on the PSP I would really like for This to be released in Europe. It's awesome and I wish the other two also had gotten a english release.
man that looked great but also really kinda generic assets. Also that name was not helping whether this was all new or a sequel lol.
It's now on my list
These RPGs are the reason I need to buy a new 3ds xl....and those multiple Zelda games.
Well i can't wait for this game to be announced for europa until then i just have to hope it won't take to long before we get a release date revealed for the eu.
This is exactly what I have my US 3DS for.
@Rei In fairness that was Marvelous publishing that, who suck at making games retail in Europe. Hopefully Sega will deliver.... Maybe... Please...
@RainbowGazelle What about Atlus (SMT4, Code of Princess too?), Level-5/Nintendo (Guild games, Inazuma11G2 for the USA) , Capcom (Rockman 1-6 Compilation), etc... ?
About Sega themselves? Well, I still wait for the announce of a european release for their Sega 3D Classics compilations and Puyo²Tetris.
@Rei Good point. I guess we can only hope.
already have this preordered. can't wait to play it
I'm glad this game is getting localized, but with other higher profile RPGS out / on the way, I don't know if I will ever get to it.
Also, there are so many turn-based RPGs specifically on 3DS already. Thats fine by me but, the battle system will need to bring something new to the table in my opinion. Persona Q, Bravely Default, Legend of Legacy etc raised the bar.
I think people that don't play a lot of these games think that they are all the same. That is definitely not the case.
@JaxonH - That's just translation though. I thought the point @andrea987 made was completely valid - it's crazy that we can't get something from whichever region we want. European gamers could just download the US version for instance (or Japanese, if they wanted). Then there are cases like Dead or Alive Extreme 3 where (I believe I'm correct in saying this), the Japanese release actually has an English translation on it.
One release (Japanese) with all languages as an option seems like the most sophisticated way forward to me.
More jrpg? YAY!
It is valid, it's just off topic. Any discussion can be railroaded with a completely valid complaint of region locking.
Although I didn't realize this game wasn't announced for EU.
Not from Atlus... but kind of from Atlus. That would be close to saying that an NES game is from Ultra, not Konami. I mean, they are the same company...
Awesome, another bit of jrpg goodness to look forward to. Already got my preorder in a few weeks back.
Hopefully it'll see a physical release over in the EU but if not, I'll happily stick with importing it above.
@Vineleaf I definitely feel like Sega acquiring Atlus is gonna be good, if Atlus can leverage their localization expertise to the rest of Sega’s catalogue. 7th Dragon looks like the first benefit.
already pre-ordered. Can't wait!!!
YESSSSSSSSSSSSS. Can't wait for this!
My poor poor, bank account. Rest in peace. Getting this day one!
Pre-ordered all the way back in January. Can't wait to give this one a go when it comes out. Kind of shocked Sega is actually handling the localization of this game, instead of handing it off to Atlus (Stella Glow).
I never played either of the PSP games, but the first was pretty fun. Things sure have changed from the DS version.
As an aside, I partly fault Nintendo Life for the confusion surrounding the title.
The series is 7th Dragon (simple enough), with the last 2 games being of the 7th Dragon 2020 spin-off variety.
This game is, therefore, 7th Dragon 3 (or III).
Writing it out as 7th Dragon III Code: VFD actually makes the title a lot more complicated than Sega's, which is either 7th Dragon III, Code: VFD or 7th Dragon III - Code: VFD. It depends on which press release / ad you look at, but not separating the III and Code only adds to the headache of this release.
I like the 7th Dragon III: Code VFD I've seen elsewhere (only in that it reminds me of how Enix labelled DQ. e.g. Dragon Quest IX: Sentinel of the Starry Skies).
I don't blame NL entirely though. Sega (imageepoch) really messed things up in the 2nd and 3rd games, going for spin-offs instead of sequels.
Like Langrisser, it's not an easy series for most Western gamers to keep track of. Even having played the first, I'm sure I'll be just as confused with 3.
this game looks awesome definitely getting it and right now fire emblem fates has me hooked big time havent play my wii u for a while cause of fates
If the Battle System is turn based. I'm in.
As if I don't have enough RPG's to play, but sign me up anyway as I am a sucker for turn based madness 😁
@JaxonH I agree with you on this point, it's not a matter of being valid or not, the post was a bit off-topic. Btw what do you think of this game? It looks really good to me, but I'll need to wait for a sale as I'm dirt poor at present.
I like what I see. I'm definitely preordering, but keep in mind I preorder just about everything that looks decent or better.
You've got til June so like 3 months. I'd recommend spending $30 on BestBuy's Gamer's Club Unlocked (GCU) membership and get 20% off all new games for the span of 2 years. This game alone would net you $8 of that back in savings.
But, if you are strapped for cash and have to make sacrifices, I'd personally recommend going with whatever you like most. For me, this game would have to take a backseat to Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE which releases the same month (IF I had to choose).
If you've already gotten Fire Emblem Fates (which I'd recommend above all else, even if you must sell your own children to get this game- do it!) and locked in Bravely Second, and if you've already got Monster Hunter Generations locked in, and if you don't have a Wii U for #FE, then this seems to be the most appealing RPG that's next in line (DQ7 releases some time this summer, not sure when).
To put it more simply, I haven't played 7th Dragon before, but, I would recommend getting any and all of these games first
-Fire Emblem Fates
-Monster Hunter Generations
-Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE
@Neko_Ichigofan @JaxonH MetalKingShield understood, I thought it was quite self explanatory. It ain't off topic, and the post section of an article is not made to nitpick on other people comments, particularly when those people are not saying something completely out of order. Be nice, people.
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