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Square Enix doesn’t have much to say about possible Dragon Quest XI localization

Square Enix finally announced Dragon Quest XI earlier today. That was most definitely good news, but fans want to know if the company has any plans to bring the game west.

Unfortunately, Square Enix doesn’t have much to say on that front at the moment. The publisher provided Eurogamer with the following statement:

“We don’t have a concrete plan at the moment. However, we will consider it as we’ve done in the past for other Dragon Quest titles. We don’t have further information to share at the moment.”

Dragon Quest XI seems to be heading to Japan next year. If the RPG were to come west, it probably wouldn’t come out until 2017.

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gangsta_red1235d ago

That would seriously suck if they didn't localize the game for the west. I doubt it though, I mean Star Ocean 2...and not Dragon Quest? Would make zero sense.

Abash1235d ago

I'm pretty sure they are making the game for PS4 because they intend to localize it...

AndrewLB1234d ago (Edited 1234d ago )

There are lots of Japanese games that never get western localizations unfortunately, so don't be surprised if Dragon Quest XI is one of them. These games have a small audience outside Japan for various reasons, many developers cite the idea that we are an FPS culture, yet I firmly believe it's because the games just aren't available to us therefore they lack popularity. All one has to do is look at the huge sales numbers Xseed has had in recent years for localized versions of 10 year old games that most people thought would not sell 1/10 that amount.

I personally want every one of these games localized but I wont be holding my breath. While some japanese developers have taken notice of recent JRPG successes in the western world, many of them still pay little attention to markets outside japan.

@Kingdomtriggers

The issue here is cost. JRPG's have been notoriously poor sellers in western countries over the years and the amount of time and money involved in translating games with massive amounts of dialogue, and in recent years adding voice actors... it becomes quite a risky proposition.

A recent example I recall was when Xseed localized the PSP version of Trails in the Sky 4 years ago. It was a massive undertaking due to the game having just over a million Japanese characters, and it almost bankrupt them. Luckily they took a calculated risk last year and released the original PC version in English and within a month outsold the prior 4 years of PSP sales combined. The only reason why Second Chapter is coming to the west is because of the PC version doing so well.

Relientk771235d ago

I'm not worried. It'll come to the West, and I'm getting it when it does.

MrSwankSinatra1235d ago

Hopefully they localize both versions, I have to admit the 3DS looked really cool with having a 3D and 2D perspective.

-Foxtrot1235d ago

Typical Square....they never learn

Xavior_Reigns1235d ago

Come on now, they're getting better, even if it's annoying slow.

-Foxtrot1235d ago

You know that song "One Step Forward, Two Steps Back"....yeah well that's them in a nutshell.

kingdomtriggers1234d ago

Way to assume that it isn't coming to the West. Stop being so melodramatic.

-Foxtrot1234d ago (Edited 1234d ago )

I never assumed anything. it's just they never learn meaning this shouldn't be a decision you need to think out

Well done for twisting a comment into something it's not

_-EDMIX-_1234d ago

Typical Fox.....never reads.

Did you read what they stated?

"However, we will consider it as we’ve done in the past for other Dragon Quest titles"

Sooooooo 9 out of 10 DQ main titles came to the west, DQ X didn't come based on clearly the Wii and Wii U's not so great networking, it may have not been a smash hit due to that alone, I see DQ XI coming to the west.

-Foxtrot1234d ago (Edited 1234d ago )

Look what I've just posted above

"I never assumed anything. it's just they never learn meaning this shouldn't be a decision you need to think out

Well done for twisting a comment into something it's not"

Do you guys see something completely different when you see my comment.

Maybe you should read what I've wrote more carefully.

styferion1234d ago

this is square not sega, it'll come to the west

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FallenAngel19841235d ago

If Square Enix wants its beloved Dragon Quest series to be even bigger than it already is, they need to localize more of its games like it does with Final Fantasy.

KimikoGaming1235d ago

This will come west. It is a main series Dragon Quest game that isn't an MMO or a remake. It will happen.

I am worried about DQVII3D, DQVIII3D, DQM3D, DQM23D, and DQMJ3. Not worried about XI.

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