Dragon Quest VII Producer Pushed For The Orchestral Score

By Sato . February 6, 2013 . 12:42am

dqd Fans of Dragon Quest’s music will be pleased, as the music for the 3DS edition will be fully orchestra recorded. Initially, Dragon Quest series producer Noriyoshi Fujimoto asked Dragon Quest composer, Koichi Sugiyama, if it’d be possible for him to do orchestrated work for the Nintendo 3DS version of Dragon Quest VII. At first, Sugiyama thought it’d be a bad idea and that they should probably stick to the synthesizer as they did for the original version, mainly due to the uncertainty of whether the 3DS can produce the same sound quality from an orchestra.


After further convincing, Fujimoto was able to get Sugiyama to try it out. The maestro was able to extract the sounds of each and every instrument from the orchestra and perfectly adjust their sounds for the 3DS, to make a fully orchestrated OST something we’ll be enjoying in the near future.

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  • KiTA

    The music sounds amazing, yup. In other news, Nintendo is involved in the Japanese release, so a English release is probably a given.

    Oh, and someone leaked a survey that Nintendo is about to send out about DQ10’s English version:


    • Really don’t care about DQ 10 ! just bring us Terry’s Wonderland and DQ 7 for 3DS it would be perfect…

      • KiTA

        Do be honest, I’d rather have DQM TW 3D, yes, but I’ll take whatever we can get. Nintendo has a Pokemon game coming this year so the chances of them localizing DQM TW 3D is very very slim.

        • KiTA , you’re right i’m almost sure that we’ll never get terry’s localized. Just look at Bravely Default . Fucking Square Enix the most beautiful games are still missing in our countries. The last hope is the region lock hacking…

    • Pyrofrost

      About damn time on DQX!
      I’m already sold on Wii-U due to the Monolith game, Bayo 2, and FExSMT; but if they announce this, I will buy one immediately!

      EDIT: Also, if they localize it, I hope the servers will be world-wide like with FFXI.

      • Pockystix

        If it is going to be world wide, they’d have to work out the problems they had with FFXI English and Japanese speaking players. There was a pretty big and unfriendly split there, that made a whole chunk of the player base difficult to deal with. FFXI was out for over a year before it reached the US, so it didn’t help the community to have a much larger population of new players, who couldn’t communicate with the already established base o ,o

        • Pyrofrost

          I personally didn’t have a problem with it.
          There are great people and assholes on both sides when it came to Japanese and English speaking players. That’s to be expected when you are playing with the general public. Even on MMOs with all English servers, you will still have a shitload of assholes to deal with. This is something you can’t get away from without sticking to single player gaming only.

          On the other hand though, a better auto-translate would go a very very long ways. It does suck that the game was out for 2 years before it came West; but overall, problematic issues due to world-wide servers was minimal, and the game was a world-wide success.

  • Zharkiel

    Kid Icarus was orchestrated, Sugiyama is full of it

    • William Cole

      He is rather old and the Kid Icarus composer isn’t that old.

  • $39420547

    can’t wait for this NDS made me a big fan of the series and i hope we will get DQVIII remake at some point

    • MrRobbyM

      If there is a remake for DQVIII, it would have to be for Wii U and even that is highly unlikely. Besides some of the loading times and other minor things, DQVIII holds up pretty well, especially graphically. So a remake any time soon wouldn’t make much sense. An HD remaster with improved audio and loading times is more likely.

      • $39420547

        still not many people played it in the west so it’s a possibility

  • Barrylocke89

    I’m really glad Fujimoto pushed for this. DQ music sounds excellent in its synthesized form, of course, but the orchestrated soundtrack was one of the many great treats of Dragon Quest VIII.

    • Amusingly, the japanese version of Dragon Quest VIII was still all synthesized. The symphonic orchestra was added during the localization process. It was a change for the better imo! Like you said, the orchestrated soundtrack was gorgeous.

      • Barrylocke89

        I agree. Between the orchestrated tracks and the really solid voice acting (which was also only in the localized versions), I think the west came out on top in the case of Dragon Quest 8.

  • Awesome news. A fully orchestrated soundtrack for this game would be very impressive. Cannot wait for it to release and to actually hear the OST.

  • MrRobbyM

    It makes sense to push for an orchestral score. This is a remake after all.

  • Solomon_Kano

    Glad he pushed for it. Now let’s get somebody to push for a localization, eh?

    Terry’s Wonderland is still waiting, too.

  • puchinri

    Well, nothing ever compares to a live orchestra, so getting as close as you can when you can is always good to me. I’m really glad the producer pushed for it. When there’s an “arranged” version of the OST or something, it should sound downright magical.

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