With Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past not too far away, it's easy to overlook the fact that Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King is also heading to the 3DS in the West later this year.
That's still the case in North America, according to Nintendo's latest schedule, but the document accompanying the Q1 Financial Results has pushed the European release into a broad 2017 window. It could come early in the year, of course, but no specifics are given in the document.
Nintendo is publishing the title in the West, so it'll be Nintendo of Europe that makes the final call on a release date. Here's hoping we don't have to wait too long into 2017 for this release.
Personally I think this is a good thing. 1 Dragon Quest a year is enough as they are pretty hefty in gameplay and also gives us more to look forward to in 2017
Yeah, because if they released both too close to each other, everyone would just buy the one with Pigtails McCleavagepants over there on the cover and ignore 7 completely
@Piersen There was a 7th title?
Well, it is Square Enix after all. Europe will wait, nothing new.
Loved this on ps2 so happy get to play it again just shame it's next year but 2 DQ so close would have been awful on sales for both
That reminds me... wasn't DQX supposed to come out this year? For Wii and Wii U?
Probably I won't finish VII to the release of VIII, so I don't even cry.
This is fine with me, VII is coming out in a few months and I want some time to play it. And since I'e gone far into VIII before, I don't mind waiting
How can localization be the issue? It had a fantastic localization on PS2 many years ago, and a couple of years ago released on iOS
I'm confused. Why don't we get it at the same time as NA? It's the same language and it's clearly finished, so why do we get it later?
@Miles_Edgeworth @riChchestM The UK and Ireland aren't the only European countries, thank you very much.
@scamander It could be localized only in English. Nothing is ever localized for my country just because the market is smaller than France or Germany, and we've managed. Kids can learn English by playing games. I learned from Pokemon and Golden Sun back in the day
Same here. It helps that I couldn't wait for Pokémon Crystal to get localized back in the day, so I played both Pokémon Oro, the Italian version of Pokémon Gold, and the North American version of Pokémon Crystal.
VII is also one of the longest DQ game if they didn't changed too much to it for 3DS.
Why can't they just release the english version in europe at the same time... How many really play the games in any other language?
@traxmate Probably almost anyone from France, Spain and Italy plus the majority of the German fans; in other words: ~90% of the European market.
I've already beaten VIII on PS2 years ago, so I can afford to wait a few more months (though here's to hoping it'll only take that long).
Bummer. But really, with so much great stuff coming out in the second half of the year, Dragon Quest VI included, this doesn't hurt much. I'd say good on them.
I wish it was easier for Europe, with every country teaching English as a second language very early on so localisations wouldn't be as much of a problem, but good localisations can elevate great scripts to something else, so I don't mind folks having options once it arrives. I'm going to play it in English regardless, no matter my native tongue.
Ugh. Can't Britain please join the same "region" as the US now it's ditching the EU?
Same language. It'd make sense.
I don't mind looking forward too playing both anyway just have too wait for VIII now.
@scamander Oh yeh, good point 😂
It must be really bad being a JRPG fan in Europe. Holly sh*t companies, just use the revised NA localization if will speed the process.
Fire Emblem, Persona, Dragon Quest, and the list goes on and on, at least Square did not screw with Bravely Second and FFXY (I guess).
Yeah, in a way glad because I couldn't manage two Dragon Quests within a few months of each other!
Still have my copy on PS2 on the shelf. Man, those metal slimes will haunt me forever. Or at least spending hours trying to encounter them at the end (for exp) arrrrgh!
It isn't that simple - lots of gamers in non english speaking countries expect to have the game in their language, if it isn't, the complains are inmediate.
That's actually not a bad news since Pokémon Sun/Moon will be a big hit in Nov. Also give us another good choice in 2017.
@Luna_110 Oh I get it, I live in Brazil so with Nintendo is "play in english or don't play" and even with Sony a little more than half of the titles come with Portuguese sub.
Yeah, it's a problem. Too bad for Europe.
Why there should even be regions to begin with. It's very anti-consumer practice. If NX is region locked, Nintendo won't see me as a customer anymore
@Minish - this site has a clear 'no profanity' rule. Please respect this. Thanks.
@Piersen Bah ha haa! 'Pigtails McCleavagepants'
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