Today Square Enix opened an official site for an upcoming 3DS port of Dragon Quest 8: Journey of the Cursed King. According to the site, Dragon Quest 8 will be available for every system in Nintendo’s family of handheld consoles, assuaging fears that the game may only be released on the New 3DS, much like the handheld port of Monolith Software’s Xenoblade Chronicles. Though the site lists an August 25th release date for the port, Square Enix has not announced any plans to bring the game to the West. There is precedent for such an act as well, as the 3DS port of Dragon Quest 7, which was released in Japan in 2013, has not had an English release either.
Dragon Quest is one of Square Enix’s longest running franchises, with its first release hitting the stage in 1986 and continuing until the present with Dragon Quest Heroes, a Dynasty Warriors-like title developed by Omega Force, being the latest entry in the series. Dragon Quest has endured a sporadic release in the West, where it was known as Dragon Warrior until the release of Dragon Quest 8, with many entries simply not being released in the West at all, as was the case with the recent port of Dragon Quest 7 and a PS1 port of Dragon Quest 4, although an iOS port of Dragon Quest 8 was released last year.
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