Posted By Shaun K. about 1 month, 4 weeks ago
Square Enix has shown no reluctance to exploit the Final Fantasy franchise on mobile platforms as much as possible. In addition to the release of various incarnations of Final Fantasy 1-5, the company also produced a number of original FF games for such platforms as well. Some of these games have turned out good or even great (the Crystal Defenders series and Final Fantasy Dimensions) while others fared decidedly less well (*shudders* Final Fantasy All the Bravest) but for the most part all have been financial successes. With that in mind, it was only a matter of time before SE finally got around to bringing arguably their other biggest franchise, Dragon Quest, to mobile devices. As of today, that is exactly what the company has announced.
In point of fact, SE did actually release Dragon Quest I, II, and III to mobile devices already in 2004, 2005, and 2009 respectively, plus the original DQ Monsters way back in 2002. However, today’s announcement represents a new concentrated effort to bring the DQ series to mobile platforms in a big way and it all begins with a new wave of re-releases of the mainline DQ series. This winter in Japan will see the first eight Dragon Quest titles all released to iOS and Android, including somewhat surprisingly the all-time classic PS2 title Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King. It is just one more reminder of the growing computing power of mobile devices that such a lengthy and visually exceptional game can be ported over to them.
It remain unclear which versions of the various games will actually be making the transition, since the early games in the series have had multiple remakes over the years, while DQ IV-VI also got significantly enhanced remakes for DS in recent years as well. To say nothing of the 3DS remake for DQVII released last year that has sadly remained Japan-only to date. If I was betting man I would bet on some variation of the most recent version of each game (or even wholly new versions of DQ I-III) being given the nod, but we will see.
Also announced today was a new mobile addition to the popular Dragon Quest Monsters series titled Dragon Quest Monsters: Super Light, about which details remain scant at the moment. We know that SE is describing it as a “super light RPG” and that it will be coming to iPad, iPhone, and Android, but that is about it. It also remains unclear if Square Enix plans to bring any of these titles to international regions at some point in the future. Speculation on this matter is a bit harder, since on the one hand most of the various mobile Final Fantasy games have eventually been released overseas and it seems similar plans are in the works for the upcoming Final Fantasy Agito as well.
On the other hand, the Dragon Quest games (especially the spin-offs) have a far more spotty track record of localization including the current lack of plans to release the aforementioned DQVII 3DS remake abroad anytime in the foreseeable future. If we are lucky, Square Enix might decide to at the very least test the waters by releasing one of these titles overseas, perhaps starting with one of the already recently localized DS remakes, for example. Still, if these re-releases never leave Japanese shores it would not surprise me either. Count on Blistered Thumbs to keep you up to date on this story as it continues to develop and be sure to share your thoughts and opinions in the comments section below.
Source: Square Enix