When Square Enix revealed that the next iteration of its long-running flagship Role-Playing series, Dragon Quest, would be hitting the Nintendo DS, people were left completely stunned given how the seventh and eighth versions were released on the PSone and PlayStation 2, respectively. Now, though, it seems that the handheld version of Dragon Quest IX is almost ready for release in Japan.
A report has appeared over in Japan with Jiji Press that mentions how Yoichi Wada-san, President of Square Enix has been discussing the release of the next in the Dragon Quest series, which many presume means Dragon Quest IX: Protectors of the Starry Sky for the Nintendo DS, considering it has only recently been confirmed as definitely being a fiscal year 2008 release and the game is set to be shown off at this year’s Tokyo Games Show over in Japan early next month.
Dragon Quest IX could well be coming to Japan in early 2009 on DS
According to Wada-san, the new Dragon Quest will launch in early 2009, which will likely mean Japanese otaku’s Otoshidama (the New Year money children receive since Christmas is not a big holiday over in the Land of the Rising Sun) will probably go towards this new release. There is still a seed of doubt about whether or not this is indeed Dragon QUest IX, though, as there is still the remake of Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Reverie to come on DS, the first time the old SNES game has ever been remade. Those who like to speculate reckon that the remake of the sixth game could well use the DQIX engine and be released later in 2009 to ensure there is enough of a gap between releases.
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