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‘Dragon Quest VII’ and ‘VIII’ 3DS Remakes Coming West

Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past and Dragon Quest VIII: The Journey of the Cursed King, the Nintendo 3DS remakes of the classic Japanese role playing games, are receiving a release in western territories, the former after an extensive delay that lead many to believe it wouldn’t make it at all.

Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past was originally released for the first PlayStation in 2000 in Japan and 2001 in North America as Dragon Quest VII: Warriors of Eden. It was remade for the Nintendo 3DS a few years ago,  and it was released for the platform on February 7, 2013 in Japan but never received an English localisation. Dragon Quest VIII: The Journey of the Cursed King released a few years latter on the PlayStation 2, in 2004 in Japan, 2005 in North America and 2006 in PAL regions. The 3DS remake has a much less substantial gap between initial release and western localisation, having only hit store shelves on August 27, 2015 in Japan.

The localisations are part of a new push for Dragon Quest in the west. While previous Nintendo DS remakes Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen, Dragon Quest V: The Hand of the Heavenly Bride and Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation all received English releases, as did brand new title Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies, the massively multiplayer installment Dragon Quest X and the 3DS games have been conspicuously absent.

With these localisations and last month’s western release of Dynasty Warriors-style spin off Dragon Quest Heroes: The World’s Woe and the Blight Below for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4, hopefully we will see a rapid translation of Dragon Quest XI: In Search of Departed Time when it launches on PlayStation 4, Nintendo 3DS and possibly the Nintendo NX next year.

Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past will launch on Nintendo 3DS in summer 2016, with the 3DS version of Dragon Quest VIII: The Journey of the Cursed King following sometime before the end of the calendar year.

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Lawson Kiehne
Lawson Kiehne is an aspiring Australian writer who is fascinated by everything involving stories. In his spare time he enjoys reading, playing video games and watching films and television and hopes to one day be a published novelist.