Dragon Quest VII Remake Screenshots Show Off The New 3D Graphics

By Ishaan . November 14, 2012 . 9:00am

Square Enix have shared the first screenshots of the Dragon Quest VII: Warriors of Eden remake for the Nintendo 3DS. As previously reported, the game is being remade in full 3D and will also feature an orchestral score by the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra.


Take a look at the screenshots below. Dragon Quest VII: Warriors of Eden will be released on February 7th, 2013 in Japan.



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  • Bobthegreat

    In my veins etc.

  • Jirin

    That looks cool.  May pick this up for public transportation time killer.  I got like 30 hours into the original before dropping it.

    Can you still grasp dung?
    DQ7 when you used the dung item it said “You grasped the dung.”
    DQ8 when you do it said “You grasped the dung. You wish you hadn’t.”

    So much funnier the way they did it in 7. Because in 7 you can imagine triumphantly grasping the dung, in defiance of convention.

  • puchinri


    That looks awesome. x’D

  • MrRobbyM

    The woman on the left in the first screenshot looks like she’s seen some bad things and just tries to ignore it by forcing a smile for everyone everyday.

    Ahem. Anyways. The game doesn’t look too detailed. There are quite a lot of large polys that make the game look like it was originally planned for the original DS. Not that any of it is important. But the character models and battles look pretty great.

    I’m looking forward to this and hopefully another console, main DQ game comes around soon.

  • Tiael

    Shut up and take my money!

    My favorite game of all time, improved.
    SE or Nintendo, please bring this overseas.

  • So, enemies visible on the field, meaning…no more random encounters, à la DQ IX? Imokaywitdis.jpeg

    Everything looks as amazing as I expected it to, and this is up there with SMT IV as one of my most expected games of the moment. I hope Nintendo of Europe picks this one up if SE fails to do so (since that is what has been happening with the DQ games as of late in the old continent).

    • Budgiecat

      Yeah still annoyed we didn’t get DQM Battle Road Victory for Wii and whats up with Terry’s Wonderland?

      • MrRobbyM

        Ugh. Don’t remind me of Battle Road Victory. I could see why it didn’t get localized but gosh it looked like such fun.

        • Budgiecat

          Hey we get card games all the time so it’s not a definite reason. Still the game is fun (I’ve played it). Especially online too.

      •  Yeah, Terry’s Wonderland….I wonder what’s taking that one so long. It’s perhaps the Joker 2 sales that are holding it down. But last time I heard, Nintendo was rather pleased with DQ IX sales in the PAL territories, and that’s why they published the DQ VI remake as well, so…I think we might have a better chance at seeing this one localized over DQM: TW.

        I’ll take both any anything else they throw at me, tho :3

  • Budgiecat

    Holy crap! I thought this was an Aquapiazza slight enhanced port I did not know it was a full blown 3D remake! Ugh now I have to get a 3DS I guess…

  • $36598391

    meh…. they got rid of random battles and use the system from Dragon Quest IX where you can see monsters on the screen
    this is the main reason I’m not interested in getting it
    the battles aren’t first person anymore either

    They don’t mind remaking Dragon Quest games but Square Enix refuses to remake Final Fantasy VII, VIII or Xenogears….

    • dark zios

       And that is a bad thing how? …

      • $36598391

         Remaking it should be just improving the graphics, not changing the battle system or anything else

        • Tiael

          No, that’d be an upscaled port.
          A remake in majority of the cases tends to change things.
          I for one have been playing the series since the original Dragon Warrior on NES, and I am glad to see VII lose the random battles.
          DQIX’s system was personally genius, and even Whistle had uses as it caused mobs to drop from the sky.

          Battle system is still turn based, and behind the characters when you select moves, but it shows the animation, it’s been that way since DQVIII.
          They weren’t going to change the system for IV-VI given the system.

          • $36598391

            Dragon Quest IX was a completely new game so it was fun
            but Dragon Quest VII, i wish they would have just done a port like IV V and VI got

            If they would just put the PS1 version on the Playstation Store as a PS1 classic then Square Enix could please everyone

          • Except new players who were introduced to the series through Dragon Quest VIII or IX and might not have the patience for VII’s notoriously glacial pacing and antiquated battle system?

          • Tiael

            Well, as evidenced on the SE site you play DQ for the random battles (what?) and the first person battle view (again what?)

            What did you play IX for then?
            It’s ok cause it’s “new” but a remake of an older game to remove some more archaic elements and bring new players in is supposed to utilize the old methods to cater to you?
            I don’t know about you, but I play DQ for the characters, story, music and the quality of the games.
            Certainly not the random battles or first person perspective (which again, DQ hasn’t been completely first person with the introduction of VIII)

            They’re bringing DQVII into a new era to give more people a chance to play this gem so to speak, and keeping random battles and first person battles weren’t going to introduce new players to the series.

            I’m gonna guess DQX has you ripping your hair out as well, though from the LP’s I’ve watched it still looks, feels like and sounds like DQ, and personally that’s all that matters to me.

        • Talbot

          Well personally, I would love it if they remake older games but remove the certain elements that made their gameplay particularly annoying or obnoxious without totally changing the game massively.

          And like it’s been said already, they are not changing the battle system. They’ve just aesthetically changed how it’s presented. Tell me where the battle system has changed. Does it have action-orientated combat now?

    • MrRobbyM

      This is a remake so things are going to be different. It wouldn’t be much of a remake if they kept everything the same. There’d be next to no point of remaking it.

    • SirTeffy

       Because everyone loved a random battle every 3 steps, right? That’s not even an exaggeration, most dungeons had a 3-5 step random encounter countdown.

      • $36598391

        random battles are a major part of pretty much any rpg
        in the first Final Fantasy there was a hallway where each step you took would toss you into a random battle

        • SirTeffy

          A) Not in the past 7 years they haven’t
          B) While that was true back in the day, even for its time DQ7 had a truly horrible encounter rate.

          Not even REMOTELY upset this got adjusted in the remake.

          • $36598391

            well I refuse to get any Dragon Quest VII except for the PS1 version

            and @Ni_Go-Zero_Ichi, if you don’t care for my opinions, why don’t you just ignore them completely and not reply to them….
            the same for everyone else….

          • Well boo hoo hoo, I guess you can wait and see if SquEnix decides to eventually release it on PSN and quit whining in the meantime.

        • Exkaiser

          That hallway in Final Fantasy was annoying as hell even back then.

    • raymk

      Your like the only person mad that random battles are gone, they are the most annoying things in dragon quest games.  The first person battle system is also played out no one really likes that crap it adds to nothing.  Also its a remake things are supposed to be different for the better and these changes are better.

  • Wow, looks great.  Having played the series since the very first over 20 years ago, it’s just so cool to see the game looking like this. I always had the impression that they wanted to make the game look like a cartoon, even way back in the original, and now the technology is there to do it.  DQ8 was the first I felt to pull it off, and they’ve just gotten better ever since. =)

    Also, I’m okay with random battles getting nixxed for this game.  There were tons of them in the original game from what I remember.  Toning it down a bit would be nice.

  • Dantis

    At what point did 3DS become synonymous with sub-PS2 graphics?

    I know Nintendo isn’t known for graphically intensive games, but this is getting silly.

    • MrRobbyM

      I pointed that out too. I know the 3DS is capable of it but there are a few excuses here. It is an RPG. Very large scale so it’d be hard to make everything look great. I think they concentrated on the things that matter the most judging from these screens but I do think it could of looked a bit better. Some things look a bit too simple or polygonal.

    • raymk

      The beginning I believe.  Also whats wrong with sub-ps2 graphics, you sound like a graphics whore now.

      • Peeka Chu

        There’s nothing wrong with being a graphics whore when the average cell-phone can run circles – visually – around most 3DS games. 

        Video-games are a visual medium. Its part (though not all) of the experience. People are allowed to enjoy graphical achievements.

        I will probably get this anyway though, because I love me so DQ.

    • ShawnOtakuSomething

       your funny sir, you should do Stand up

    • eilegz

       after re revelations, ssf4 and doa i cant understand why nintendo and third parties keep on putting subpar ps1 and n64 like graphics on a machine that its more capable than the wii.

      i would like a good high res 2d, good cartoonish or cel shaded games which its art direction… i dont mind those, but games like nintendo its pushing (mario kart, zelda, new super mario bros 2 felt more like DS games

    • Wait, what? I’m pretty sure these graphics look as good or better than Dragon Quest VIII for the PS2, and that game looked pretty good. I thought it was common knowledge by now that 3DS screenshots make the games look more jagged and pixelated than they actually are, since being designed for the smaller screen rather than a TV-sized monitor the visuals are lower-resolution.

      • Dantis

         This looks leaps and bounds worse than DQ8.

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    Total remake? Alll my muneyyyyy.^_^

  • Oh my – that DOES look nice actually. I never played this one, so will look forward to it : )

  • Wow, that is some of the most gorgeous artwork on the 3DS so far. Very nicely done. I’m really excited for this game’s release now. I love Dragon Quest, but this just adds to that, increasing my want for the game. 

  • Cameron Ward

    if they can tweak the grinding and the entire pace of the game, ill get it. the original PS1 game is super pricey online. i luckily got mine for 20 bucks in box with everything

  • Ereek

    Why is Gabo so cute?

    Also, the amount of detail put into the hero’s mother’s model is impressive.

    • kupomogli

      I like how Gabo is portrayed as well.  I really like how it shows him riding around everywhere on a wolf, as shown on the fourth pic, or him sitting on the wolf in battle.

  • Cameron Ward

    omg i see visible enemies on the overworld!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Joseph Santee

    In the words of TFS Vegeta: Mine mine mine mine MINE MINE MINE!

  • CirnoLakes

    Must have.

  • Must have game for me. But to be honest, I’m a bit pissed that, would the Vita be more successful, we would perhaps be seeing this game in HD in that monster portable instead that on the 3DS. Anyway, at least we are getting it.

    • Unlikely, considering Nintendo publish Dragon Quest games in the west now.

      • Skyer Ist

         yep, you are right.

      • xavier axol

        can you tell me how that came about, cause i remember that dragon quest VIII was on the ps2 (sony console and made by level 5). was that not as successful as square enix wanted to be? could it be, why they decided to keep dragon quest on the nintendo platform? or is there another reason perhaps?

        • Budgiecat

          Enix develops for the top selling system at the time. its as simple as that. If Sony’s products were the top selling system then they’d have DQ games.

        • We’ll likely never know the full extent of details, but considering that Wii and DS were both the best-selling systems last generation and both had a very broad audience (children, adults, young adults, men, women etc.), Square likely saw the advantages in moving DQ to both systems. 

          Beyond that, Nintendo saw the potential in DQIX, marketed and published the game in the west (where it did very well), and then proceeded to also publish other DQ titles after it.

      • $36598391

         If that’s who is bringing the series over from Japan then I am very surprised the Wii Collection of the first three games hasn’t made it over here yet

        • DQIX took a lot of effort and marketing to popularize in the west. It wasn’t some magical success, haha. Nintendo of America put together some very smart advertising for it, and kept at it to make it succeed. In comparison, I don’t think anyone would think doing the same for the DQ Anniversary Collection was really worth it.

          • $36598391

            after i saw your post i looked at the cases for DQ 4-6 (NDS)
            4 and 5 were released by Square Enix, 6 and 9 Nintendo brought over
            the DQ Anniversary Collecting being a special edition kinda thing, it would nice if Square Enix brought it over instead of Nintendo since they are the ones who originally released it in Japan

    • Budgiecat

      It seems Nintendo knows when to call it quits with their former handhelds. Sony is still supporting the PSP while barely marketing the Vita, so third part companies are still supporting the PSP…so it’s like Sony is competing with themselves as well as Nintendo…

    • Tom_Phoenix

      What Ishaan said. Also, Vita games aren’t HD, so even if the game was made for the Vita, you still wouldn’t be seeing it in HD.

    • LightZero

      DQ goes to the most popular system. That is why the Nes, Snes, PS1, PS2, DS, Wii (well popular console anyway), and now the 3DS received DQ games. The Vita is selling miserably in Japan. If the Vita was the most popular system in Japan then it would be receiving DQ titles. But that isn’t and most likely will never be the case.

  • SupaPhly

    this game took me forever to finish :|

  • i want this in my 3ds

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    Oh man no doubt in my mind this will be game localized 

    • Your avatar was my face reacting to the images. 

    • Hinataharem

      Why do I keep seeing that face everywhere?

  • Skyer Ist

    simply amazing…….. *____* want it now

  • Göran Isacson

    Man those are some blocky faces… no real other thoughts than that, those are just some MIGHTY block faces. Then again, it is Toriyama…

  • kupomogli

    One thing that is common DS games shows to have made its way to certain 3DS games, as well as this one.

    When the characters are walking around on most parts, it shows the graphics are zoomed way in.  This is a major annoyance.  I’m sure most of you who have played Dragon Quest IX had an issue with the fact that you couldn’t see more than two feet in front of you and you were usually looking at the map 99% of the time rather than the graphics on screen.

    Hopefully it can be zoomed out anytime rather than area specific like a lot of games.  Less graphics and allowing for a greater view if you have to is a plus in my book.

  • Ayaka

    Oh God, look how shiny are those golems!
    And they’re not even the brightest things in this article… this is all marvelous.

  • Man. I loved the old graphics. Ah well; guess I’ll just stick to the PS1 version!

  • So basically, Dragon Quests IV-VI now look like Dragon Quest VII, and Dragon Quest VII now looks like Dragon Quest VIII.

    Or IX, I guess, I never played that one.

    Not that I’m complaining, anyway. Gorgeous graphics + symphonic score + no more random battles = serious consideration for purchase. And that’s saying something, given that there are several other appealing-looking JRPGs coming out for the 3DS (presumably) next year.

  • FFmax

    Nice, I was planning on getting the PS1 version but now I know that won’t be necessary.

  • eilegz

    those jaggies =/ sigh i rather have high res 2D graphics against all this n64 like blocky 3d

  • Amaxing. Hopefully we’ll actually get this game. >:/

  • HatsuHazama

    Welp. They’re remaking one of the biggest, and bestest RPGs of all time. Plus awesome graphics, music, and PORTABILITY!

    Take my money and my life already. This is one of the few games words cannot do justice to, if you have loads of time to spare.

  • Jonattas F.

    I’m so excited that I can only speak in portuguese: Necessito!

  • SprintsMcGee

    I want this so much right now. I might stop playing the games I am playing right now and just replay DQVII for nostalgia. 

  • looks pretty gewd~

  • Rogerrmark

    *fanboy screams*

    I’ve been waiting for this remake since DQIV was announced for DS.

    This game(DQVII/remake) is probably the biggest reason I love video games,and probably the biggest reward for playing RPGs and Dragon Quest games  all this years(for me).

    Love the original,favorite DQ and one of my favorite RPGs,and this looks better in all aspects. 

    The enemies will be visible,the characters are visible in-battle now,God,they are even adding a DQVIII WORLD MAP-like!

    DQVII remake is GODLY!


    Now I just need a carbonite chamber to freeze myself until they announce/release it on the West.

  • LunarKnite

    Looks like this game is going to replace my favorite game of all time: Dragon Warrior VII. =P

  • zeta

    i just hope all the monster from the original DQVII will be included in here

  • No No

    Makes me kinda glad I never finished 7 because now I can get this.

  • MiniTaurus

    my first and most memorable dq series ^^
    in the beginning the party doesn’t have any battle at all, even there’s menu for equip, so I began to think it just a decoration XD lol

  • Amine Hsu Nekuchan

    It depresses me that based on Squenix’s current performance, I have doubts if ths will make it stateside.

  • badmoogle

    I never played VII so i really look forward for this.Screens look beautiful.

  • $36598391

    I can’t wait for this to be released in NA
    not sure if I’ll play it because of the lack of random battles and first person view battles so I’ll just add it to my collection of Dragon Warrior/Dragon Quest games

  • Marco Tinè

    Ok, it’s Dragon Quest game, so one has to expect simple and cartoonish visuals… but this? C’mon, Square-Enix, it’s clearly a DS port with mildly updated textures and the same exact geometry. In this state, there’s no reason in the world other than nostalgia to choose it over Bravely Default – which at least is a new game.

  • Yamaneko22

    Maribel, the essence of tsundere, long before a creation of term “tsundere” :D

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