Square Enix Hands Dragon Quest V To North America This February

By Spencer . November 11, 2008 . 7:00am

Finished Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen yet? Better get working on it. Chrono Trigger comes out in November and shortly afterwards Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride. Classic RPG fans can look forward to an English release on February 17, 2009.


The story in Dragon Quest V: Hand in the Heavenly Bride begins with the hero as a child journeying with his father appropriately named Papas. Things seem like they’re going well for the hero until fate turns and the young hero becomes a slave. Dragon Quest V then fast forwards to the future where the hero is an adult, strong enough to escape, and ready to marry. One of the highlights in Dragon Quest V is you get to pick a bride. The DS version ups the ante by adding Deborah, a new bride, to tickle your fancy. But, since this is the first time Dragon Quest V is getting an official release in North America all of the game is new for most of us.


Images courtesy of Square Enix.

  • Volcynika

    Yeah, I saw this news when I woke up, and that we’re getting Valkyrie Profile DS in March! So awesome.

  • Spencer

    @Volcynika – Yeah VP news is coming up next. I’m surprised it’s coming so fast, but not surprised we’re getting it!

  • Mazen

    Great news about Dragon Quest I expected a summer release and Sigma Harmonics in march same time as The world Ends with You last year but it seems Sigma Harmonics still up in the air shame as I love anything with murder mysteries,
    in the other hand this opens the door to get DQix as early as Septemper? Do it Square enix.

  • Spencer

    @Mazen – I hope we get DQ IX in September, but Square Enix might hold it to release DQ VI first. It’s going to be hard for the causal Dragon Quest fans to go from DQ IX backwards to DQ VI. Also, DQ VI is technically “new” for us like Chrono Trigger is “new” for Europe.

  • Volcynika

    Yeah, I have to mention too, that I really wish Sigma Harmonics would come over here. I’m not even sure of the chances, since VP was released a bit later after SH.

  • Spencer

    I think Sigma Harmonics is still pretty likely since it was trademarked twice. Square Enix seemed to have high hopes for it early in development, but since it isn’t an established franchise they may be taking more care of how they’re localizing it and when they plan on releasing it.

    We might be getting Valkyrie Profile: Covenant of the Plume so quickly since Square Enix hopes to capitalize on Tri-Ace fever with Star Ocean 4 coming out in the same month.

  • jarrod

    Nice! I wonder if that means DQVI next summer then? Does it have a JP date yet?

    As far as Sigma Harmonics, most impressions I’ve heard haven’t been too positive… I’d rather have Nanashi no Game localized to be honest. And it’s probably too much to hope for Front Mission 2089 either, after the first game tanked here. :/

  • Al

    Great news. I played through the SNES version years ago and liked it a lot. Not my favorite in the series but still a fun game.

  • R-1

    They better not cut out party chat like they did with DQIV. I want to talk to my monsters, kids and wife while questing.

  • Aoshi00

    @jarrod – I have only played the first several chapters of Sigma Harmonics and gave up on it. The murder mystery premise sounds promising, but not when the “same people” dying over and over in different ways, it’s almost like a joke, like Kenny from South Park getting killed ad infinitum, instead of trying to rescue the ones who are dear to you by changing history w/ some dire consequences attached. Also the play mechanics is hardly polished from map navigation to the actual card battles. I know I’ve been critical of it, but I found the story to be to uninteresting to invest more time in it. I felt cheated by the commercial.

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