Dragon Quest Fans, Here’s A Glimmer Of Hope For Localized Games

By Spencer . November 20, 2013 . 11:02pm

While Square Enix has been steadily releasing Dragon Quest games in Japan, the publisher hasn’t said anything about bringing games like Dragon Quest X to the West. Two trademarks hint that Square Enix or perhaps Nintendo will release more localized Dragon Quest games.


Siliconera dug up trademarks for Luminaries of the Legendary Line and The Seeds of Salvation registered in Japan by Square Enix. These trademarks are in English, which suggest they will be used for a Western release.


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Why do we think these are for Dragon Quest? Well, Luminaries of the Legendary Line and The Seeds of Salvation use the same alliteration modern Dragon Quest games use. Take Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen as an example and note the word flow for the subtitle Chapters of the Chosen. All of the other recent Dragon Quest games have the same flow – Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride, Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation, and Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies. Also, all of the recent Dragon Quest games were revealed through trademarks first – including confirmation for Dragon Quest VI after we didn’t hear anything about that game.


The question is what games will Luminaries of the Legendary Line and The Seeds of Salvation be used for? Dragon Quest X? Dragon Quest VII’s Nintendo 3DS remake? Dragon Quest Monsters: Terry’s Wonderland 3D?

  • Zero_Destiny

    I shall now keep my fingers crossed until they fall off. heheheh ;D

    • zeta

      my fingers shall forever be crossed

    • Beta

      But if they fall off, who in the next movie will say “There’s only one truth!”, Kudo-kun? ;_;

    • Ric Vazquez

      Me too *reveal day arrives, Dragon Quest for mobile!* I willlose hope in humanity if that happens lol

  • Ty Austin

    I could see Seeds of Salvation having something to do with DQVII. The main characters go back in time and fix problems (planting the ‘seed’.) In turn, the continents appear in their own time.

    It’s a bit of a stretch, but it kind of makes sense.

    • Ereek

      Luminaries of the Legendary Line could also easily be related to VII as well, through three separate characters.

      • Ty Austin

        I had considered that too. What the characters do in the past passes down to the present.

        • Ereek

          Not only that, but Aira and Sharkeye (hence youknowwhat). And Melvin, for that matter.

          • Ty Austin

            I hear you, it’s hard to make a point without posting spoilers!

  • Elegance

    I sure hope it’s DQ VII. I went through the original about a year ago and I already want to play it again.

    • Trevor Nicolaysen

      Its kind of a weird game that way. My thoughts upon beating it:
      “Its been 60hrs of game time since I went through the beginning. Might as well start again!”

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  • School Idol Addict

    Personally i still don’t understand why they don’t localize most of their recent DQ.
    I mean i know DQ isn’t really popular in the west and that’s why i understand they don’t localize DQ X, but what about all the remakes of games that have been already released in the west ?
    A huge part of translation is already done, so would it really cost so much to localize those games that it doesn’t make it worth at all to localize ?

    • Hraesvelgr

      Hasn’t Nintendo been footing the bill for localization on Dragon Quest since the DS release of DQV? At this point, I don’t think Square Enix cares too much about Dragon Quest outside of Japan.

      • Solomon_Kano

        Since IX, actually. But, yea, SE clearly isn’t too concerned with DQ in the west. DQV was the last that SE handled themselves.

      • Zero_Destiny

        That started with Dragon Quest IX, carried over to Dragon Quest VI, and then Monsters Joker 2. But Dragon Quest IV, Dragon Quest V, and Monsters Joker 1 was all still Square Enix themselves.

        I believe the localization work was still done at Square Enix for all those Nintendo-Square Enix collab releases though, and Nintendo acted more as a distributor/publisher–giving those Dragon Quest games a boost with TV commercials with big name celabs, store events for DQIX, big cardboard cut-outs for stores, and some silly goofy ads and such. DQ got a lot better screen time in the US then it had in recent years when the collab started.

        The only collab I am 100% sure that Nintendo did all their own was Fortune Street, if memory serves right. That said, it was a sweet deal Square Enix had running, they tried to make DQ a brand for awhile and it didn’t pick up quite like they wished. The Nintendo push certainly helped with that to an extent, and vice-versa gave Nintendo an RPG franchise to bank behind.

      • KiTA

        It’s a combination of things. SE US/EU has so much corruption and overhead in it that a game has to have somewhat outrageous sales just to break even. Joker 2 sold better than Ni no Kuni and Xenoblade (which were considered huge successes), but was considered a sales disaster by SE. The other recent games (DQ4-6, DQ9) had similar situations — great sales for a smaller market game, but were considered huge flops cause they didn’t pull in Call of Duty numbers.

        Heck, they were considering Tomb Raider a fop cause it only went triple platinum. That’s *insane*.

        They also were told flat out by the SE JP parent company to make DQ work in the US — and then promptly started making excuses as to why it never worked. If I had told my bosses at corporate that I couldn’t do something they wanted because it just wouldn’t work, and then someone else came in and found a way to make it work… I’d be pretty worried for my job.

  • Nanaki

    Ah ha ha hah! Mwah ha ha ha haaah! …Ahem!
    Beautiful. I really hope this is the case.

  • icecoffemix

    I was caught off guard with the thumbnail for this article, where is that come from?

    • Zero_Destiny


      It’s the 3DS remake for Dragon Quest VII. Hopefully it may get localized now, it’s been stuck in Japan. lol

      • icecoffemix

        Oh yeah, the one that didn’t make it to the west. Damn. :(

  • oooh I hope this is good news.

    I really hope this is good news. I don’t care about X (I’m not too into online games), I just want VII…

    • awat

      Yeshh VII PLEASE ! QAQ”

  • Solomon_Kano

    I want to belieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeve!

  • Betting Luminaries is DQX and Seeds is DQVII.

  • Foryth

    I can never get enough DQ. *fingers crossed* :D

  • Rogerrmark

    Luminaries of the Legendary Line sounds more like DQVII..

    Despite the original being ” Warriors of Eden”.Actually its more related to the theme than Warriors of Eden.

    Seeds of Salvation,maybe the races of X?Or every player in the game?Could we actually be those “Seeds”?

    There are actually 2 registers for it,apparently.Maybe Pc and Wii U versions?

    Lets hope!

    • Ouch My Head Said Dionysus

      I would think Luminaries of the Legendary Line sounds more like X, what with the backstories of the different races.

      My guess is Seeds is 7, with finding the shards to save the world.

      • Rogerrmark

        Could be that too.

        Almost sure there is nothing more they could localize for the moment,besides DQ games and social games,right?

        Pretty sure there isnt a social game with any of these names right now…so both DQVII and X are pretty much 99% confirmed,I guess.

      • Ereek

        Legendary Line:
        Dancers (and all the spoilers and not-really-spoilers that entails).
        Melvin’s entire background, too, is that he’s a “Legendary Hero” (again, not really spoilers for those worried.

        it works fine for VII as well.

        • Ouch My Head Said Dionysus
          • Ereek

            I suppose I deserve that. I’m trying to be vague here for people who haven’t played it!

          • Rogerrmark

            I wonder if the localization will actually tell all that stuff about x person’s baby in womb,etc. The original localization never told that explicity,lol.

            Some other stuff didnt make sense on the original Dragon Warrior VII too..but the dialogues were fine,overall,imo.

  • Khoko

    IT’S potentially HAPPENING!!

  • Monterossa

    Didn’t they registered a trademark for Final Fantasy Reishiki 2-3 years ago?

  • r4ind4nce

    I doubt this will have anything to do with the DQM series, these titles sound very much like classic Dragon Quest titles, DQM always had its own naming scheme.

  • Vernauth

    I hope digimon re: digitize decode will get localization too

  • Shaun James Musgrave

    Luminaries of the Legendary Line sounds a lot like a subtitle for Dragon Quest II. These might be for the iPhone ports.

  • James Enk

    pls bring DQVII for the 3DS to the west

    • awat

      pretty please yes

  • 3PointDecoupage

    I don’t want a glimmer. I want a release date! For tomorrow!

    • Göran Isacson

      And pictures! Pictures of Spiderman! Playing Dragon Quest! Darnit, get me those pictures Parker!

      Sorry, just got a a weird Jonah Jameson vibe from your comment and had to comment ;)

      • Trevor Nicolaysen

        He might as well get some of Seth Green while he’s at it.

  • Virevolte

    Good job figuring this. ^^

  • ragingmerifes

    iOS’ version of a SNES DQ.

    • GH56734

      None of the SFC outings were ever localized, and they use a twisted data storage method that dissuaded fan-translators from ever attempting them, so an official translation like with Monster World IV is even more unlikely as well.

      • aquagon

        Then, how is it that there are fan translation patches for pretty much all of them? The only ones I remember being missing are the Torneko spin-offs, and it was quite long ago since I last checked.

        • GH56734

          Oh, my bad. There have been patches for DQ I+II, DQ III SFC and DQ V SFC, but they’re fairly recent. The DQ VI one is still in limbo though.
          I know as a matter of fact that all but the first of those use Huffman encryption which is particularly devious (the patches were by byuu, who’s an ASM master, people with his level are rare in the scene besides AGTP). Not the ideal candidate at all for an official translation hack.

  • Draparde

    I hope its the 3DS remake and X. i’ve been wanting to try X out, and the 3DS one looks pretty nice too

  • DQ7 !!!!!!

  • OrkoTheBlackMage

    You know I was suppose to give on hoping for localization on any DQ game.

    Guess I’ll just hold my breath and walk away for a while.

  • Damn, now you got my hopes up. I’ve been ignoring most DQ related news, but now I’m going to be one of those nerds combing every bit of information I can get my hands on like a fly on…you know…

  • BillyMK

    Re-re-reee-rREALLY???? Please be true! *heart attack coming*

  • Göran Isacson

    Aw man, I loved me those GBA remakes of the older games, so if this means more JRPG goodness then heck, I am willing to throw my money in the pile. Not for the MMO though, I unfortunately have no time for MMOs these days…

  • LunarKnite

    This information, along with Reggie saying he wants Dragon Quest, makes me believe. Dragon Quest, I shall wait for you. I will not despair, the Regginator will make my dreams come true.

  • I hope everyone is wrong and that we’re getting a Dragon Quest Monsters game. I have such fond memories of the GB games…

  • Nintendojitsu

    DQ7 and 8? o_o

  • Oh I sure hope so.

  • ElAbuelo69

    HELL YES!!!….wait…not yet…don’t get excited yet…

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    I really hope so…..rellllllly hope so

  • Hatsoon Mike

    phone games

  • Anthony Hadow

    This would be incredible news I have been waiting for 3 DQ titles to release to the west. I even went as far as to import them because it seemed there was no hope of ever getting them. I will support any new DQ games coming to the west.

  • Pockystix

    the subtitle sounds like DQ7~

    Let’s just hope it’s not the iOS one instead. . .

    • Yikes! Hadn’t thought of that. That would be sad. Although better than nothing, I guess.

  • Logan Moll

    This had better be VII. Of all the DQ games that we’ve not gotten, that one pisses me off the most–by a large margin! lol

  • I’m hoping for VII and TW2 the most, but X would be wonderful too~.

  • Fox

    If they are DQ games, the most likely possibilities would be Dragon Quest X and Dragon Quest VII 3D.

    Which would be very nice. Especially considering the most recent awful, awful Dragon Quest news re: that atrocious mobile port of DQ8.

  • Please let it be Dragon Quest VII! Maybe Dragon Quest Monsters 2 can come later as well.

  • Barrylocke89

    …am I the only one who only now noticed the alliteration in the DS Dragon Quest games?

  • Kitestwinblades

    I still even have hope for Dragon Quest Monsters: Terry’s Wonderland 3D. The original had amazing music and there’s nothing better than baiting monsters(even bosses) to join your party with Beef jerky and Sirloin and then finding out if they do after beating them *pure success* TwT

    I should be ashamed of myself though >_< I still own DQVII and I never got around to finishing it. With a possible localization on the horizon, I'd better prepare…

  • Kandou Erik

    Finally, some good news out of Square Enix. Nothing else they have been offering interests me. ALL I WANT IS DRAGON QUEST!

  • Gyro Zeppeli

    I just want Slime Quest 3/Rocket Slime 2.

  • I imported Dragon Quest X. I love it but its hard to play it with a language barrier..

  • Bruno

    Crazy how the DQ series’s history in the West has been gimped by narrow minded business decisions since the NES days. The fact the DS games are among the rarest in the DS library and never came out on eShop is staggering. Lame Square Enix and lame Nintendo for not making money properly off those games.

  • William Cole

    I don’t care just give me one, give me one! I would really LOVE Dragon Quest VII on 3DS. Probably the first bona-fide JRPG on 3DS that actually looks like it’ll be good.

  • awat

    Release DQVII and take all my money T^T

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