Square Enix squashes DQ7 3DS fan translation ⊟ 

Remember how fans were creating an English patch for Dragon Quest VII’s 3DS port (also, remember how we got no Dragon Quest 3DS news out of E3? 😫)? Square Enix put a stop to that with a cease and desist order sent to the group. The project’s lead Apassingremark reported, “We are packing up shop and hoping that this means we will see a release from them in the coming months.“

I wouldn’t get my hopes up for an official release, as this looks like the publisher just protecting its property. While it’s an unfortunate end to a fan translation many of us were really excited about, professional translator Thomas James provides some insight behind Square Enix’s decision:

“The big thing about this translation effort is that it pretty much reused the original version’s localization part and parcel for all the legacy content that was there (much to my surprise, if you’ve read my thoughts on the technical logistics of projects like this).

That might seem like something obvious to do for a lot of people on games like that, but bear in mind that it makes such projects go from legally grey to just outright infringing existing copyrights, which makes the legal rationales of cease and desists that much more cut-and-dry.

If I had been on that project myself, I would have redone the entire translation from scratch to ensure maximum potential safety, as Square isn’t otherwise prone to shutting down fan translations for games it doesn’t actually intend to bring out.”

The fanart above comes from Nona.

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Operation Hero: Trying to help Dragon Quest back to the West

I only have like, one follower (I think, I dunno…), but I really want to try and hopefully get the word around about Operation Hero. It’s basically Dragon Quest fans rallying and petitioning for Square Enix to localise Dragon Quest X and the remake of Dragon Quest VII on 3DS. The Dragon Quest name has practically gone limbo outside of Japan right now with the only latest release being VIII on iOS, and many fans are currently still waiting for VII and X which have both been out for a longer time in Japan.

It is really inconvenient for me that I became a fan of the series which was around more than a year after Dragon Quest IX came out and and the VI remake was just coming in, because ever since then I’ve constantly anticipating the latest series since IX and VI.

My efforts are really futile to try and spread this around but if there are any Dragon Quest fans out there wanting to show Square Enix how much we love Dragon Quest, Operation Hero will be a platform for that now. Thanks for checking this out, and make sure to sign the petition for support!



Someone is translating Dragon Quest VII 3DS ⊟

How I’ve longed to see screens like this, shots of 2013’s Dragon Quest VII remake for the 3DS in English. These aren’t from an official localization from Square Enix because that still isn’t happening for some reason; they’re from the efforts of a single fan, fed up with waiting and now translating what he can.

Don’t expect too much rom this – you won’t be getting a complete translation patch in a few months. The translator, Apassingremark, has studied Japanese for two years in college, and he isn’t a veteran of the ROM hacking scene or the Dragon Quest series. So far he just intends to translate item names, spell names, monster names, etc. However he is looking for help with the project, and it looks like Apassingremark has linked up with potential partners at Dragon’s Den. Hopefully something comes out of all this!

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Square Enix is Hearing Your Cries for Dragon Quest VII

Square Enix Has Heard Your Cries for Dragon Quest VII

Remember a few days ago when it appeared that Square Enix was being all wishy-washy about the Dragon Quest VII localization? And then remember how many of us pointed to sales figures of other JRPGs like Bravely Default to show that the games can do well?

As it turns out, during an interview with USgamer, Yuu Miyake of Square Enix has admitted that fan interest has caused the company to rethink…

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Square Enix doesn’t sound confident about bringing Dragon Quest VII 3DS to the West :o( ⊟

So what’s the deal with Square Enix not localizing any of its Dragon Quest games for the 3DS released in Japan? You’d think the publisher would localize the DQVII remake for the 3DS at least, right? Siliconera caught up with Dragon Quest mobile producer Noriyoshi Fujimoto to see if there’s any chance we’ll get that one, but he offered the following response:

“In terms of DQVII, it has a lot of text to go through and translate, and we’ve received so many requests and so much positive feedback about the game, but unfortunately, we have to consider the cost and the manpower needed to handle the sheer load of text. In terms of scenario and script, the game is probably one of the largest in the DQ franchise. If a lot of people can buy it and support it… well, we can’t promise anything.

… We’ve gotten a lot of requests, we really want to do it, but right now, we need to hammer out what kind of resources we’d need to do it. We say this a lot, but, we can’t seem to get to the point where it’s justifiable.“

In absolutely unrelated news, Square Enix will release the original Dragon Quest, as well as subsequent games (II and III have been mentioned), with a new localization to smartphones starting this September. I can’t be too bitter since those older titles have a lot less text to translate, but you’d be amazed how bitter I still manage to be regardless. Image is via F Yeah Dragon Quest!

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Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King is heading to the Nintendo 3DS in Japan

According to a translation by Gematsu, the upcoming re-release to Nintendo’s handheld will feature StreetPass support, voiceovers, soundtrack by the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, and new party members with a female thief named Garda and Dragon Quest: Monster Battle Road‘s Morrie.

Dragon Quest: The Journey of the Cursed King for the PlayStation 2 first released in Japan in 2004, and later in North America in 2005. An Android and iOS port launched in Japan on December 2013 and worldwide on May 2014.

(via Dragon Quest VIII Heading to Nintendo 3DS - IGN)

Dragon Quest VII coming to Nintendo 3DS, according to this purported scan from Jump’s latest issue. This remake of the 2000 PlayStation game hits Japan in February.

Maybe one day this, Slime Mori Mori Dragon Quest 3, or Dragon Quest Monsters: Terry’s Wonderland 3D will release in the West. :o/

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