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PR: Square Enix Allies DRAGON QUEST and IVALICE For North America

Lain

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Imagine if they announced VS2 with FFT Advance kiddy characters, story, and art style. That's some rape.
Don't give them ideas... you never know who's listening!
 
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There seems to be another PR (that doesn't confirm any localizations) but its an interesting summary:

LOS ANGELES, May 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Square Enix, Co., Ltd. (Tokyo, Japan, Square Enix), a leading developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software and services, announced six upcoming releases in a press conference leading up to the company's showcase event, SQUARE ENIX PARTY 2007, which took place in the Makuhari Messe International Convention Complex on May 12 and 13. The announcement revealed a new next-generation multiplatform RPG title, and additional details such as the Japanese release dates for the Wii(TM) home video game system and Nintendo DS(TM) entries in
the FINAL FANTASY CRYSTAL CHRONICLES series.

Please note all the information on this press release applies only to the Japanese version of the games listed.

Line Up The STAR OCEAN(R) Series

With over 2.5 million units shipped worldwide and a sterling reputation among gamers, the STAR OCEAN brand has come to be identified with its uniquely amalgamated sci-fi and fantasy universe created in collaboration with tri-Ace.

STAR OCEAN 1: First Departure Platform: PSP(R) (PlayStation(R)Portable) system Genre: RPG Release Date: TBA

Initially released toward the end of the Super Famicom's life cycle, and never before localized for North America, the origin of the STAR OCEAN series receives a total makeover for the PSP system. Additional scenarios and characters, integrated 2D and 3D graphics in the style of the PS one(TM) game console hit STAR OCEAN 2, fully animated movies, and other bonus features transform the game into a completely new experience.

STAR OCEAN 2: Second Evolution Platform: PSP system Genre: RPG Release Date: TBA

Set 20 years after the events of its predecessor, STAR OCEAN 2 also receives the full remake treatment aboard the PSP system. The title takes the next step with fully animated movies, all-new character designs, extra playable characters, fully voiced dialogue, and more.

STAR OCEAN 4 (tentative title) Platform: TBA Genre: RPG Release Date: TBA

The latest addition to the series is planned for next-generation hardware, and is currently being developed in cooperation with tri-Ace. This title is primed to push next-gen technology to its limits while delivering an experience worthy of the STAR OCEAN name.

Chocobo's Dungeon(R): Toki-Wasure no Meikyuu Platform: Wii Genre: RPG Release Date: TBA

Following the success of FINAL FANTASY FABLES: CHOCOBO TALES(TM) for the Nintendo DS is the latest installment in the chocobo series, currently in development for the Wii. This time, the stage is set in the world of Ville, in the City of Forgotten Time, where everyone has lost certain memories. This exciting game is packed with a wide array of familiar elements from the FINAL FANTASY universe, and a dastardly dungeon system sure to ruffle the feathers of any seasoned dungeon crawler!

FINAL FANTASY XII INTERNATIONAL ZODIAC JOB SYSTEM Platform: PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system Genre: RPG Japanese Release Date: August 9, 2007 Suggested Retail Price: 6,800yen (tax incl.) *This title is currently planned for release in Japan only.

FINAL FANTASY XII's unprecedented sophistication and depth have seen its worldwide shipments climb to over 5 million units. Now experience the game as never before with FINAL FANTASY XII INTERNATIONAL ZODIAC JOB SYSTEM.

Based on the North American release of FINAL FANTASY XII, the addition of the Zodiac Job System replaces the single fixed layout of the original title's License Board with 12 different boards, each tailored to a unique job class such as Red Warmage or Uhlan. Almost every aspect of the battle system has been refined and enhanced to provide an all-new gaming experience.

THE LAST REMNANT(TM) Platforms: PLAYSTATION(R)3 computer entertainment system, Xbox 360(TM) video game and entertainment system from Microsoft Genre: RPG Release Date: TBA (simultaneous release in North America and Japan) Price: TBA

Imagine a vast, war-torn battlefield, scarred by years of conflict. Countless enemies surround the player, who is backed up by his own army. Threatened by numerous foes and saved in the nick of time by allies, players will feel the true tension of a soldier on the battlefield. In THE LAST REMNANT, as many as seventy units will duke it out at once in fierce yet beautiful battles. Backed by the visual power of next-gen hardware, the unique play style and battle system will challenge and invigorate players like never before.

FINAL FANTASY CRYSTAL CHRONICLES series

In addition to this impressive lineup announcement, new details were revealed about two new installments in the FINAL FANTASY CRYSTAL CHRONICLES series. The first title, which debuted in North America and Europe in February and March 2004 respectively, received accolades for bringing friends and family into the same room to play a game that everyone could enjoy. Now FINAL FANTASY CRYSTAL CHRONICLES comes to the Nintendo DS and the Wii!

FINAL FANTASY CRYSTAL CHRONICLES: Ring of Fates(TM) Platform: Nintendo DS Genre: Action RPG Japanese Release Date: August 23, 2007 Japanese Suggested Retail Price: 5,040yen (tax incl.)

Witness the tale of twin children blessed by the crystals, whose inseparable fate leads them on a journey fraught with trials. Experience the journey of Ring of Fates in a compelling single-player mode. Tackle challenging quests with the help of your friends in a cooperative multiplayer mode, or play head-to-head multiplayer mode, both supporting up to four players!

FINAL FANTASY CRYSTAL CHRONICLES: The Crystal Bearers(TM) Platform: Wii Genre: Action RPG Release Date: TBA The first FINAL FANTASY title developed exclusively for the Wii!

All images and visuals shown at the conference will be available from http://www.ffccnews.jp/ starting May 14th, 2007.

About Square Enix Co., Ltd. and Square Enix, Inc.

Square Enix Co., Ltd. (Square Enix), with headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, develops, publishes and distributes entertainment content including interactive entertainment software and publications in Asia, North America and Europe. Square Enix brings two of Japan's best-selling franchises -- FINAL FANTASY, which has sold over 75 million units worldwide, and DRAGON QUEST(R), which has sold over 41 million units worldwide -- under one roof. Square Enix is one of the most influential providers of digital entertainment content in the world and continues to push the boundaries of creativity and innovation.

Square Enix, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Square Enix Co., Ltd. with offices in Los Angeles, California and Seattle, Washington. It handles operations in North America, including development, localization, marketing, and publishing of Square Enix titles. More information on Square Enix can be found on the Internet at http://www.square-enix.com/.

CHOCOBO TALES, THE CRYSTAL BEARERS, DRAGON QUEST, FINAL FANTASY, LAST REMNANT, RING OF FATES, STAR OCEAN, SQUARE ENIX and the SQUARE ENIX logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Square Enix Co., Ltd. in Japan and/or other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
Straight from SE about SO4 comments and the only titles saying that its only planned for Japan is FFXII International so the rest should be coming.
 

djtiesto

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We're getting the SO1 and 2 ports as well? This just keeps on getting better and better! Interesting that there are gonna be some new characters and animated movies in the SO2 remake, too, I was kinda expecting a pretty straight, orthodox port. But it looks like SO2 is gonna get the redone portraits treatment as well :(
 
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As long as it has some sort of English (either subtitles or VA), I will import FF12-I. As for the American PR, I'm happy to see Joker on there. That's the only real surprise. However, There are a lot of omissions on that list, like FFTA2 and Ring of Fates for DS. I'm sure both are coming here, but considering it's a PR intended to cover the Fall/Winter/Early 2008 timeframe, I don't think we will see either for a long time.
 

Aeana

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As long as it has some sort of English (either subtitles or VA), I will import FF12-I. As for the American PR, I'm happy to see Joker on there. That's the only real surprise. However, There are a lot of omissions on that list, like FFTA2 and Ring of Fates for DS. I'm sure both are coming here, but considering it's a PR intended to cover the Fall/Winter/Early 2008 timeframe, I don't think we will see either for a long time.
Game Watch said that FF12i will have English text in an article, but so far it's the only place to say so. Hopefully, it turns out to be true, because the English writing is far superior.
 

ethelred

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I never actually considered DQS wouldn't come out in English, I just assumed it was a given.

Great to hear an actual confirmation though. :)
I figured DQS was a given (and naturally we don't have to worry about FF titles), but DQMJ was looking particularly iffy for a while. That's the really reassuring announcement here.
 

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ethelred said:
I figured DQS was a given (and naturally we don't have to worry about FF titles), but DQMJ was looking particularly iffy for a while. That's the really reassuring announcement here.
Truth. Especially with that stunt they pulled with Caravan Hearts.
 

Aeana

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Pureauthor said:
Truth. Especially with that stunt they pulled with Caravan Hearts.
It's okay, Caravan Hearts was awful anyway. :( DQMJ, on the other hand, is quite good, so I'm glad English speakers will get a chance at it.
 
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ethelred said:
I figured DQS was a given (and naturally we don't have to worry about FF titles), but DQMJ was looking particularly iffy for a while. That's the really reassuring announcement here.
I was thinking it was a given, but I don't think DQVIII and especially Rocket Slime did what Sqeenix was hoping. Or, at least not as well as I was hoping.

I'm just always nervous when it comes to Dragon Quest on Nintendo consoles. It feels like we're crumbs compared to Japan. This news was very reassuring.
 

ethelred

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I was thinking it was a given, but I don't think DQVIII and especially Rocket Slime did what Sqeenix was hoping. Or, at least not as well as I was hoping.

I'm just always nervous when it comes to Dragon Quest on Nintendo consoles. It feels like we're crumbs compared to Japan. This news was very reassuring.
On Nintendo consoles? It's not like the US got DQIVr, DQVr, Young Yangus, DQM Compilation, or Torneko 3.

The series is spotty on the US regardless of console... so having two more confirmed releases makes me very happy.
 

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ethelred said:
On Nintendo consoles? It's not like the US got DQIVr, DQVr, Young Yangus, DQM Compilation, or Torneko 3.

The series is spotty on the US regardless of console... so having two more confirmed releases makes me very happy.
You forgot to mention Slime Morimori.
 

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Aeana said:
It's okay, Caravan Hearts was awful anyway. :( DQMJ, on the other hand, is quite good, so I'm glad English speakers will get a chance at it.
Awful? Yeah it's the worst in the series, but it's still playable! The lack of breeding (monster hearts sort of blew) was the real downer as it sucked away much of the charm and addiction of the previous two, but I would have still being nice if it came outside of Japan.
 

jj984jj

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DQM:J GET! Maybe FFXII:RW as well... we're getting HoM sooner so I'll definitely be getting that. Now announce a date for FF:CC-RoF and that FFTA2 as well as IaWW are coming out in NA. :D
 

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Good thing the DQ games are at least coming, seeing as how SE screwed over the Enix side of the company by not localizing any of the GBA DQ games.
Wait, what? Are we talking spin-offs (like that Slime game--didn't that become Rocket Slime for the DS?) or were some of the earlier entries in the main series remade/re-released on the GBA in Japan?
 

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swords in 2008 seems rather distant. near-term wii rpg landscape is so very barren.
But the near future of RPGs on 360 is oh so sexy. Blue Dragon, Eternal Sonata, Mass Effect, and Lost Odyssey will hold me over until DQIX and DQ: Swords.
 

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But the near future of RPGs on 360 is oh so sexy. Blue Dragon, Eternal Sonata, Mass Effect, and Lost Odyssey will hold me over until DQIX and DQ: Swords.
Aye, but remember that the 360 has already been out for a year and a half. At this point in time last year all 360 had was that one RPG that got ported to PS3. Wii has had Super Paper Mario and Fire Emblem: GoD so far.
 

Stumpokapow

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Don't remind me. :(

I know I'll do my part for these games.
Where do you import from? Importers are probably one of the few groups not properly extrapolated by sales services, since most import stores tend to be very poor. So, "your part" might not actually help anyone :(
 

Stumpokapow

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I just wish Atlus would hurry up and jump on the Wii bandwagon. :|
Atlus has (Trauma Center may well end up being their best-selling title ever). The problem is the ten billion little studios that Atlus USA publishes / localizes for. None of them have announced anything.
 

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Kurosaki Ichigo said:
There seems to be another PR (that doesn't confirm any localizations) but its an interesting summary:


Straight from SE about SO4 comments and the only titles saying that its only planned for Japan is FFXII International so the rest should be coming.
SE is releasing media for FF:CC Wii?!

Hm, I think I'm getting a PSP this winter. That way when FFT comes out, I can buy that MGS, and (maybe)VP.
 
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ethelred said:
On Nintendo consoles? It's not like the US got DQIVr, DQVr, Young Yangus, DQM Compilation, or Torneko 3.

The series is spotty on the US regardless of console... so having two more confirmed releases makes me very happy.
Well, I'm talking more of the "main" games in the series. We did get DQ VII and DQ VIII and we almost got DQIVr.

DQ V and VI didn't come out here on the SNES (along with a few remakes) even though the SNES was very much alive and was a good source of RPGs. I couldn't help but feel a little doubtful for future Dragon Quest releases on the Wii.

So, the series has always been spotty, but the only instance of the main games in the series not coming over here was on a Nintendo console.
 

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Hm, I think I'm getting a PSP this winter. That way when FFT comes out, I can buy that MGS, and (maybe)VP.
You may want to grab a copy of VP soon. It's getting hard to find now.
 

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Eteric Rice said:
If they advertise Swords well enough, maybe it'll get some people in the US interested?
Thats probably why its coming out in 2008. Avoid the holiday rush and hit the Q1 low.
 

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I seriously, seriously thought a US version of DQM was as as dead-in-the-water as DQM3 GBA!

To get that, along with all the rest? BRILLIANT!