Take The Square Enix Dragon Quest Story Writing Test

By Spencer . October 30, 2013 . 3:56am

image Square Enix is hiring new story writers for Dragon Quest. The requirements are knowledge of Japanese, experience with office tools like Excel & Word, and that you like Dragon Quest.


On top of submitting a resume, all applicants have to send two writing samples. The first is an essay about what you think of the Dragon Quest series, your experiences, and where you want it to go in the future.


The second is a short story with an escape theme. The trick is you have to use three or more elements from this list: mouse, collection, murmur or muttering, ball (like a formal dance, not the bouncy red kind), bunny girl, surprise, and your appearance. Writing samples should be between 1,000 – 1,600 Japanese characters so roughly 1,000 – 1,600 words.


What kind of story would you write? A mouse, a murmur, and a bunny girl walk into a ball…

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  • Guest

    Wow, the “by the fans to the fans” really makes sense here.

  • Devinja

    I bet humor will be the biggest decider between the top ranked stories

  • Nice to hear they’re doing this. Means Dragon Quest is still going.

    • platomaker

      For some countries anyway

  • I hope they write some decent single-player Dragon Quest games that actually get NA releases. They’re probably just going to be quest writers for whatever DQ MMO is happening.

  • David García Abril

    Man! Why I haven’t mastered the Japanese language yet?!

    I have a great story in mind about a mouse escaping from the cleavage of a bunny girl dancing in a ball!


  • Armane

    So your party is at a ball being thrown in their honour, and they are discussing how to escape without raising the suspicion of the guests. As they mutter quietly to themselves; the main character’s mouse, who appears to be listening intently is surprised by something. Your party leaves the main hall and the scene fades to black.

    As they reappear you notice something different about them; they are all wearing items from the Bunny Girl Clothing Collection the Queen has accumulated for servants to wear. While the token girl character and androgynous male character pull the look off effortlessly, the battle hardened dwarf and main character look awkward & embarrassed in the attire.

    Regardless they head for the exit without turning any heads. The King, a little worse for wear, having had too much of the punch our heroes spiked earlier, confronts them. Ordering them to fetch more wine from a local distillery they are excused from their servant duties, but not before the King makes a pass at the main character.

    …Oh, it has to be in Japanese. Damn.

  • Michael Harrison

    “What do you think about the Dragon Quest series?”
    “I think the games shouldn’t be released in English anymore”

  • Eddie

    Thanks for the tip, you guys at Siliconera are awesome!

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