Square Enix wants to hear from fans regarding a Dragon Quest XI localization0 Comments
Dragon Quest is a huge series in Japan, and its success has been big enough to easily spill over into the United States. However, not every Dragon Quest game has hit North American shores; many don't even get an English-language version. Dragon Quest X is one such game, and in the four years since its release it has yet to see a Western localization, leaving many fans to worry that the still in-development Dragon Quest XI will meet the same fate. Well, maybe it won't have to.
According to a recent interview with Yu Miyake, producer for the Dragon Quest series, the team behind Dragon Quest XI is keen to bring the game to western shores. Before that can happen, however, more fans need to speak up.
"[We] were able to bring [Dragon Quest VII] over because a lot of fans were asking for it, sending letters, asking for it to be released and localized," Miyake said. "If more fans can voice their opinions on [Dragon Quest XI] and we see that people really want the game, there may be a possibility we'll be able to make it."
Of course, making a proper western release for the game would involve more work than simply translating the game's text — like with Dragon Quest X, it would also mean considering how to keep the game's online functionality working.
"[It's] just with Dragon Quest X, aside from the immense amount of text involved in the localization, there's also the operational aspect to it, being an online game," Miyake said. "Square Enix is doing Final Fantasy XIV [in the West] so there is that possibility. But it's just a huge challenge to bring that game over."
Games have always been about overcoming challenges, so Dragon Quest fans who wish to see a proper Western release, this is your time to shine.
E3 2016: Square Enix Testing the Waters for Dragon Quest 11 Localization, GameSpot