Square Enix and Nintendo surprised Japanese players by announcing the first installments of Dragon Quest for Switch. This happened in the past Nintendo Direct, where the first 3 games of the JRPG series were confirmed only for Japan.
The western followers of the saga initiated diverse campaigns so that the publishers release these titles in America and Europe. Fortunately, Square Enix will fulfill this dream for Dragon Quest, Dragon Quest II: Luminaries of the Legendary Line and Dragon Quest III: The Seeds of Salvation will arrive on Switch on both mentioned continents.
Through the Dragon Quest Twitter account, the company confirmed the launch of these deliveries in digital format. The titles will be available in the eShop from next September 27.
Find out where it all began – the first three # DragonQuest games are coming to North America, and for the first time on console in Europe, on # NintendoSwitch ! You can start with any of the three games, so get ready for classic adventures from September 27th.
The games will be released in Japan on the same day with different prices: Dragon Quest (¥600, $4.99), Dragon Quest: II: Luminaries of the Legendary Line (¥850, $6.49) and Dragon Quest III: The Seeds of Salvation (¥1500 JPY, $12.49).
Square Enix will distribute the games in Asia in a physical edition which will include all 3 titles. A similar release has not been confirmed for North America and Europe. However, Nintendo Switch has no regional blocking and the titles will have texts in English.
We have long known that Square Enix is developing a new DQ Monsters. The studio also worked to bring Dragon Quest Monsters: Terry’s Wonderland, a title that debuted for 3DS, to mobile devices.
If you’re a fan of the franchise, you’ll be excited to know that a Dragon Quest Monsters installment is also on its way to Nintendo Switch. Square Enix announced at the Tokyo Game Show 2019 the next installment titled Dragon Quest Monsters: Terry’s Wonderland Retro.
This is a game port for Game Boy Color that originally debuted in 1999. This confirmed launch for Japan will premiere on September 17. It will be available only in digital format through the eShop.
The Switch version will feature some extra features, such as the ability to play the monochrome or color version of the title. In addition, you can change the background image and display various information on the sides of the screen.
It is already a fact that Square Enix is working on the next installment of Dragon Quest. That said, it seems that it will be a slightly different product to what fans are used to, since there are clues that show that it could be an action RPG.
What I am referring to is that, on the page that seeks personnel for the new Dragon Quest, Square Enix indicates that it wants to hire someone who is in charge of planning the battle system.
There they point out that the chosen one will be in charge of guaranteeing the quality of the 3D action battle system. As you can imagine, they are words that have made many believe that the next RPG will have a drastically different battle system.
Undoubtedly, that Dragon Quest will abandon its traditional turn-based battle system would be a strange thing, especially since it is a series that usually respects its tradition. So, I do not rule out the possibility that this is really about a spin-off. That said, you must also remember that Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age already has a system that flirts with this genre, so it might surprise you.