Dragon Quest VIII For iOS Is Likely Coming To The West Today

By Ishaan . May 28, 2014 . 8:30am

Dragon Quest VIII for iOS devices has been released on the New Zealand App Store for $24.99. Judging by past trends, this means that the game will likely be released in North America later today (probably after midnight).


You’ll need iOS 6.0 or above to play the game. Supported devices include: , iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, , iPad (3rd and 4th Generation), iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina Display.


Square Enix say that iPhone 4s, iPad 2 and iPad mini are also supported, but that “after extended play on these devices, some instability may occur, and the app may occasionally freeze or crash.”


Square say the issue on these devices can be dealt with by saving often and completely closing the app when suspending play. They also add that “frequent crashes can sometimes be remedied by restarting your device.”


We’ll update when Square Enix officially announce Dragon Quest VIII for iOS for North America and reveal how much the game will cost.

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  • yellowmage

    Sans-serif fonts do not suit this game.

    • 古戸ヱリカ

      I think sans-serif fonts are an obligatory addition to any iOS port. It’s there to remind you that you’re playing a lazy cell phone port.

      • Wish I could upvote your comment even more. The fonts in mobile ports are awful and always pull me out of the experience.

  • Squished smartphone port ftl. Id rather play the original on ps2.

  • Virevolte

    Sonic : You’re too slow!

  • DesmaX

    lol, US$25 on an iOS game

    • Especially since for the longest time, you could pick up the game for a good solid $20 instead.

    • Daniel

      Yeah i dont really see the people who mostly just play cell phone games dropping 25 on this, its a shame too id have bought it for one of my handhelds in a heartbeat oh well i hope whoever gets this enjoys it

  • urbanscholar

    Hate to port beg…err any word for Android ?

    • GH56734

      It has an Android version in Japan.

  • Surgeon of Death

    Just no……..

  • I really want to support the Dragon Quest series. I really do. I want SE to know that I want the games over here.

    But… no.

    To expand on things too: There’s games like TWEWY where I’m like. Okay, I’m angry at how they presented it, but the iOS remake of that was actually solid, and looked much clearer and smoother, and they put in the effort to make the system work without dual-screens. I’ll buy the game then to show some support for the series, because at least they put in the effort on it.

    But… this? It’s compromising the whole game, and pretty much everything I’ve heard about it says it’s a below subpar port with bad controls, janky graphics and framerate, and overall is not meant to be on a mobile device.

    I really hope this doesn’t become the standard release location for future Dragon Quest games. I might be down with them doing DQ 1/2/3, since those might at least run better, but… still no.

  • I can believe anyone would go through this whole game on a mobile phone. Honestly. It’s a lot of hours in a tiny screen.

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    don’t want it on that…even tho I love DQ

  • epy

    Er… great, sure, whatever. How’s that Dragon Quest VII localization going?

    • Let’s really hope we hear something at E3.

      • Nanaki

        I really hope they’re not using this one to test waters with how many people are currently interested in the series before pushing forward with any new titles. I feel that should be brought up with an online poll, or quite frankly, discuss it with the fans.

        • Ugh, yeah, which is why I feel kinda bad for disregarding this port. Because I REALLY want to support the series, but not like this.

    • Dystopiq

      Well keep in mind DQ VII has one of the largest scenarios ever. Plus the sheer amount of NPC text. It is a gargantuan task. I’m not sure if they’re re-using the PS1 English script.

      • I’d imagine they’re not. Better access to translation and localization quality, after all.

      • epy

        To be honest, I don’t care how long they take as long as I know it’s coming. You never know with S-E. If Nintendo is bringing DQ to us again, announce it already!

    • SolRevr

      I’d be happy with a DW VII PS1 Classic release. Maybe they never put it out because of the eventual series switch to the DQ name in the West? I have a disc copy I never played, but I’d love to check it out on Vita. I just can’t sit in front of a screen to play these long JRPGs these days.

  • BizarreJelly

    Cor, Blimey!

  • Nanaki

    As much as I enjoyed the PS2 version, of which I own to this day, I don’t really feel the desire to pick up this port. More power to those who may have never played this one.

  • BillyMK

    I could never play this game. I as much as I hate these mobile ports… android please?

    • GH56734

      It exists. In Japanese.

  • Skye Johnson

    …How does one even play this on an iOS? Can you bluetooth a controller? Because otherwise moving has got to be kind of awkward.

    I’ll allow myself to be impressed they ported this to the iOS though. It wasn’t something I expected.

    • The game is oriented vertically, so the bottom has an overlay of the controls over things.

  • subsamuel01

    They would have been better off with a 3DS or Vita port.

  • Hinataharem

    On the bright side we can play this on the go? I guess?

    • Nanaki

      “Before I take this call, I really should save my ga–Oh…too late.”

      • Hinataharem

        And ends up being a wrong number call. Cue further sads

  • Ric Vazquez

    Mobile? Asmuch as I love DQ, no thank you.

  • Eric Harris

    Aw darn, and I just bought a brand new sealed PS2 copy for $35. I wish some of those PS2 RPGs like this were rereleased for PSVita, that would be awesome. Buy the original version and experience it as it’s meant to be.

  • Well…Roll me up in metal slime…Did not see that coming

  • AlphaSixNine

    I wish they just remastered it to Vita. That would have been awesome. Disappointing as usual SE. DQ8 is my favorite DQ game and I hate how SE is treating it right now. >.>

  • GH56734

    – Japanese MIDI Soundtrack
    – No voice-acting
    – No PS2 US enhancements
    – More compressed textures
    – Unstable, Framerate Dips
    – Frequent Crashes on some devices
    – Controls (but that’s a perk of being mobile)
    – Price


    • Spicydicey

      No voice acting, seriously? That’s practically one of the game’s selling points!

  • ConkerBFD

    Is it better than IX?

    • Vanadise

      Depends on what you like in a DQ game. VIII has a stronger plot and a set cast of well-developed characters. Each character has a set of different skill sets you can put points into, but their roles in combat are pretty well pre-defined. Graphics and music are obviously much better, and the voice acting is pretty good, too.

      IX, on the other hand, allows you to completely customize your party and has a much more flexible class system that is more friendly toward experimentation. You can also play cooperative multiplayer in it, and it has a HUGE amount of post-game material to explore, including things like randomly generated dungeons with super-hard bosses and rare loot, if you’re into that sort of thing.

      I would say that I enjoyed my time in VIII a bit more, but I put about 80 hours into VIII as opposed to over 250 in IX.

      • ConkerBFD

        Thanks, V! What I liked most in IX was the little stories from each place, like the scientist and his dead wife. It was completely outside of the main story, but each little story made me amused and ready for another.

        My PS2 is still alive. Maybe I’ll search for a VIII copy and give it a shot.

  • Afternoon Intergalactic

    DQ VIII is my favorite in the series, but I won’t be picking up this port. Sad.

  • Dystopiq

    Tell me this isn’t part of the trademark “Luminaries of the Legendary Line”.

  • Roger

    Dat WordArt ad

  • Juan Andrés Valencia

    Is the port that bad?

  • KH1989b

    easily my favorite in the series. I will pick this up .

  • Sucks it’s an iOS game, but at least Square Enix is finally doing something about the lack of Dragon Quest in the West.

  • Cally Rivers

    Up on U.K iOS store for £13.99.

  • CozyAndWarm

    Not Terry’s Wonderland 3D, not DQM2 3D, not Dragon Quest VII, not Dragon Quest X.

    Siliconera, you’re just posting this article to make us mad, aren’t you.

  • Brimfyre

    So much negativity.

    I would rather play RPGs on the go. So this is fine.

    This was made for a Japanese audience first, and the portrait mode makes sense for train or bus commutes.

    Voice acting and soundtrack would have made the thing a 4GB download, and I don’t have that kind of space to waste on my iPad.

    Playing it now, and it you like Dragon quest, you should buy it, and if you want to see Dragon quest in any form in the West you should support it. It’s sad to say but it’s the truth.

    In any case, it’s a good port if you can get over yourself a little bit. Just because something is on a mobile device doesn’t make it garbage.

    If this was 10 years ago and this was a PSP port or 15 years ago and a GBA port with all the same things removed, I have a feeling no one would say a word. Compromises have to be made with something is being ported to a smaller device. It’s the way the world has worked and always worked.

    Again, this is a good game and worth the price. That should be all that matters.

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