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'Dragon Quest' for 3DS and PS4 needs fan support for Western release

Square Enix isn't sure localizing Dragon Quest is worth the effort.
Square Enix isn't sure localizing Dragon Quest is worth the effort.
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Thursday, Japanese game publisher Square Enix suggests a Western release of "Dragon Quest" games for the Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation 4 is possible, if there's enough fan support for them.

Regarding the 3DS remake of "Dragon Quest VII," Siliconera interviewed series mobile producer Noriyoshi Fujimoto at PAX Prime on why the game hasn't been released outside of Japan. As many fans have suspected, Fujimoto said the game's immense script, considered the longest in the "Dragon Quest" series, has given Square Enix doubt on releasing the 3DS remake in North America. “In terms of DQVII, it has a lot of text to go through and translate,” Fujimoto said.

"And we've received so many requests and so much positive feedback about the game, but unfortunately, we have to consider the cost and the manpower needed to handle the sheer load of text. In terms of scenario and script, the game is probably one of the largest in the DQ franchise. If a lot of people can buy it and support it… well, we can’t promise anything.” Fujimoto continued: “Going back to people who want DQVII to come out… we've gotten a lot of requests, we really want to do it, but right now, we need to hammer out what kind of resources we’d need to do it. We say this a lot, but, we can’t seem to get to the point where it’s justifiable.”

For the recently announced "Dragon Quest Heroes" for the PS4, a Western release isn't ruled out, but it's also not guaranteed. Translated by DualShockers, Game producer Ryutaro Ichimura tweeted an English localization of "Dragon Quest Heroes" is undecided at the moment, but is being considered at Square Enix. Just like the 3DS remake, the PS4 "Dragon Quest" game will need vocal fan support to show Square Enix the cost and hassle of translating these titles will be worth the effort. "Dragon Quest" fans can show their support by contacting Square Enix through its social media accounts, or e-mailing the publisher at support@square-enix-usa.com. It should go without saying that fan contact should be positive and not involve any form of harassment.

Square Enix's recent words on "Dragon Quest" for North America and Europe are the most encouraging the publisher has been on the matter. Given the surprise success of "Bravely Default," there's more room to argue that a series as well known as "Dragon Quest" can sell in today's Western market. Especially for high-selling platforms, like the 3DS and PS4.