Square Enix Considers Dragon Quest VII for 3DS in the West
posted on by Lynzee Loveridge
Dragon Quest mobile producer Noriyoshi Fujimoto told Siliconera at the Penny Arcade Expo in Seattle that the company is aware of fan's interest in Dragon Quest VII for 3DS in the West. Fujimoto stated, however, that due to the game's large script, Square Enix is not sure if sales would justify the localization expense.
"In terms of DQVII, it has a lot of text to go through and translate 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... 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."
Square Enix released its Dragon Quest VII: Eden no Senshi-tachi (Dragon Quest VII: Warriors of Eden) 3DS remake last year. The company reported that over 1 million packaged copies of the game were shipped in Japan.
The 3DS game is a remake of Enix's PlayStation title that debuted in Japan in 2000 and North America in 2001. About 4.1 million copies of the original shipped in Japan.