Square Enix Will Consider Localizing More Dragon Quest: Rocket Slime Games

By Spencer . September 1, 2014 . 1:31pm

When Siliconera spoke with Dragon Quest mobile producer Noriyoshi Fujimoto and executive producer Yuu Miyake, we discussed the possibility of Square Enix releasing the Dragon Quest VII remake in the West. While the two said they were undecided on whether or not that would be a profitable venture, they were far more open to the idea of localizing the Dragon Quest: Rocket Slime spin-offs.

 

“You know, it’s funny, when we made Rocket Slime, we were targeting the game towards 8, 9, and 10-year-olds in Japan—but in the west, the average age of the person who bought Rocket Slime was 25! It seems like the grown-ups enjoyed the game and we were pleasantly surprised,” Fujimoto said to Siliconera.

 

“In terms of the Rocket Slime game… in Japan, there wasn’t a lot of feedback saying they wanted iteration, but in the western regions, especially North America, there are a lot of requests to see another Rocket Slime game. We’re curious to know, there are a lot of joking elements in it; did you enjoy the humor and the joke elements in it?”

 

We said, yes, we did indeed enjoy the humour of the Rocket Slime series.

 

To this, Fujimoto replied, “In Japan, we actually have a total of three titles in the Rocket Slime series. The western version was the second game. Compared to, say, a game like Dragon Quest VII, it’s less text to translate, so that’s not an impossible amount… so if [Rocket Slime 1] or [Rocket Slime 3] might be a great candidate…?”


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  • AuraGuyChris

    Yay, we’re getting DQ spin-offs!

    (Cries hard in the inside.)

  • D. Changstein

    That’s nice, now give us VII and Monsters already.

  • Namuro

    Keep telling these guys that their games are “funny” and we’ll get them all in no time!

    • GH56734

      But Slime Mori Mori GBA/DS/3DS *are* funny :P (actually good puns, not awful ones like in the remakes localization.. said awful puns also being a huge obstacle for a VII localization since they feel it’s “needed”)
      Dragon Quest VII might be problematic since it’s somewhat non politically-correct from a religious angle (and Nintendo already passed over SMT IV in Europe suddenly during the localization process after picking it up, even if they brought over Xenoblade that one was still tame compared to SMT IV and DQ VII).

      Still funny how they are far more welcome to localizing what I thought was the least likely thing to bring over out of the bunch of the 5 DQ 3DS games.

  • Metabble

    Bring it to Europe too, not just to America like you did with Rocket Slime (thats why there isnt any/just a little feedback from Europe)

  • AlphaSixNine

    You’d think that’ll tell them that there’s a significant market for DQ games in the west that they’ve localized them long ago right? Nope! Just stop it SE, you’re just making it hurt more. I’m not believing any of your PR crap until you actually release any significant DQ games at all, not bull spin-offs. >.>

    • Nintendo Of North Korea

      I prefer the spinoffs to be honest

  • Kaetsu

    I know I’m in a huge minority but I’d rather have the latest Rocket Slime game then the DQVII remake. Dragon Quest Heroes Rocket Slime is one of my favourite DS games. The blend of over-head view Zelda gameplay and mech battles was awesome. The game also had lot’s of great jokes and puns related to the series. I would be ecstatic if they brought this over!

    • shytende

      You control Slimes.
      Any games that allow you to control a Slime is a must-buy in my book.

      • Metabble

        Mario Sports Mix (wii) lets you play as a slime :)

    • Afternoon Intergalactic

      I thought it sounded familiar, but you made me remember that I actually owned this game way back when, and fully cleared it at that.

      Oh man… the nostalgia. I may have to try digging this guy up from the garage.

  • PowerSerg

    I really hope they do the same consideration for Dragon Quest Monsters on the 3ds. I’ve been waiting since the first got announced to throw my money at the remakes.

    • shytende

      Sadly, it’s far more unlikely. It has a lot of volume of text, for a really niche audience.
      And when you see howmuch DQMJ2 bombed (mainly because we waited a lot to have the inferior version, but still…).

      If they’re hesitating for a game such as DQVII (who is sure to sell here well), you can imagine how they feel about DQM.

      • Kaetsu

        I feel like with games like Pokemon X,Y,AS,OR and SMTIV, there’s an audience for those Pokemon-like games.

        • Barrylocke89

          I feel like in the case of Pokemon, pokemon fans mostly just want pokemon. It’s kind of like when companies chase the Call of Duty audience for established franchises and fans groan and point out that CoD fans only want to play CoD. SMT gives you a more valid point, but even then, there’s definitely a different vibe that often hits a different niche from Pokemon. DQM is a lot closer to the Poke-vibe in comparison.

          It’s a shame, but I really think DQ7 has an even better chance than the DQ Monster games, and if DQ7 is essentially dead in the water…

      • PowerSerg

        DQMJ2 failed here because we got a worse port, with no marketing what so ever, I didn’t even know the game was out and I’m a massive DQM fan. I found it eventually at a gamestop and picked it up but the 2nd 3ds game seems like it has more then enough features to sell to none fans easily. I know i’ve seen several people on my blog when I wrote about the 2nd one saying “I have no idea what this series is but I want that game.” They should skip one because that won’t sell as well.

        • shytende

          I know that really well.
          It was a marketing failure through.

          But they’re hesitating of distributing DQVII who is sure to sell well with a good enough marketing.

          • PowerSerg

            I think it’s not a struggle, I doubt anyone at the company is losing sleep. I think someone at Square NA thinks “Screw JRPGs, where is the grayfics.”

  • http://www.tenshi.org.uk/ tenshi_a

    Yay! More DQH Rocket Slime please!

    I enjoyed Rocket Slime and the DQ Monsters games much more than the core DQ games tbh.

  • HarakiriKami

    I want DQ Monsters.

    Terrys Wonderland and DQ M 2

  • Interface23

    Gimme this and Monsters and I’ll forget about never getting VII

    • shytende

      Gimme this and VII and I’ll forget about never getting Monsters, seems more likely.

      • Interface23

        Either way my friend, either way.

  • Ron Duwell

    Yes please, but not at the sacrifice of VII

    • awat

      totally agreed

  • Kaetsu

    You know what we have to do right, right? Everyday tweet at Square Enix and post on their Facebook page(in a civil and kind way) about wanting a localization of Rocket Slime and any other Dragon Quest game you’re interested in. It seems Rocket Slime will be easier to convince SE to localize so make sure you tell them you want it. If all of us do every day along with other people, Square Enix will definitely take notice!

    • Barrylocke89

      I’ve always wondered how well this sort of thing would work. I fear that all it would do is let Square be reminded of the diehard minority that wants to play their games, instead of feeling like enough people are willing to commit to meet their (high?) expectations.

      • Kaetsu

        It’s better than doing nothing. Sitting around doing nothing and complaining that these game aren’t going to get localized isn’t going to help. If we want these games it’s best to let Square Enix know or else we’ll never see these games.

        • Kelechuckuw K.c.W

          Yeah don’t forget that Nintendo has actually been the one localizing the Dragon Quest games from IX onward on the DS/3DS, as well as Bravely Default (not related to DQ, but another traditional Japanese JRPG on the 3DS). They’re probably the best chance of the next mainline game getting localizing, if it ends up being a Nintendo platform exclusive.
          & others on other forums are also writing Nintendo vua twitter as well cause square might be too stubborn to listen unless they see a flow of cash.
          from the console maker(In this case Nintendo) which is why they are asking Nintendo via twitter.

          • Kaetsu

            It’s not Nintendo’s responsibility. Square Enix is the one that should be getting in contact with Nintendo and not the other way around.

          • Kelechuckuw K.c.W

            But square makes them do it . All cause those game didn’t come here cause square chose to do so them selves . That’s the problem., what makes them move motivation wise is cash fomr the cosole publishers. That’s all that meant square understands money ad only money more then anything, which is what happened with Rise of tomb Raider. they see cash from a console publisher they will get off their butts and move mountain’s

          • SMT

            Just a minor correction: It was actually Square Enix that localized Bravely Default… Nintendo were only the publishers, and likely the main driving force of getting that game away from the clutches of SE who for some reason thought they don’t want our money from games that we actually want.

          • Kelechuckuw K.c.W

            No problem correction accepted. as I do know I can make a mistake . The thing is Square when it comes to understanding people they don’t under stand at all, But they do make insane sales projections why cause they want money,, So what they do understand is money and receiving it (like what happened with Tomb raider. from MS) . from people.
            They are a business one with a poor understanding of people ad some odd reasoning. But when they understand that they have made money they ether are blown by what happened with Bravely Default or are happy. (this is the people that handle the business side not the dev’s) The Point still have have Nintendo fork the doe/cash/money over to them Square(they understand that.). just convince Nintendo.

            Still send a kind letter square but cover all base’s

          • SMT

            It’s still sad that after Bravely Default’s success, and their CEO’s announcement that they’ll focus on Japanese games because that’s what players want worldwide, we haven’t seen any change in practice. A game like DQVII would easily return its investment, all it really needs is to be featured in a Nintendo Direct and enough promotion to easily reach BD’s numbers and beyond (Like DQIX). The 3DS is the console of choice for the genre and yet the true high quality ones are rare outside of Japan… I wish they’d understand that.

    • ishyg

      A localization of their monster hunter-esque game, perhaps? Would that work?

      • http://blackstar2661.deviantart.com/ SilverSpades

        I feel like we don’t really need to try for explorers, it’s got the FF name, and I believe it was trademarked in the US too, so it should sell well overseas on that alone.

        It’s pretty much a guaranteed localization… though I wanna see it confirmed.

        • ishyg

          *sigh*

          Lord of Apocalypse.

  • SupaPhly

    At least they somewhat respond to people asking for localizations
    unlike some other compa- *bang*

  • http://people.ign.com/princerevolver Surgeon Of Death

    Just localize more DQ games in general. Even if it’s digital

  • Inganno

    It seems like they want to bring more Dragon Quest games over, but they’re too lazy to work on the translation? I mean, I understand the business behind it. They want more profit for as little work as possible, by why not just have a small team work on the English translations for the games and release it via the eShop to cut down on costs? Or even commission studios like XSEED to localize?

    • Kaetsu

      Square Enix would never commission an outside studio like XSEED to work on DQ. There’s already a localization team for DQ games that have a very specific way of writing/translating the dialogue for the western audience.

      • Dogi

        They hired an outside company to do the DS translations. Said outside company was the one that came up with the dialects and accents. They went crazy with them and that’s why they ran out of time and cut party chat

        • Kaetsu

          Interesting. Has this company been identified or has it been left as a secret?

          • Dogi

            Yeah, they go by Plus Alpha. They were hired for VIII and beyond and it’s noticeable. I don’t mind a little bit, but they seriously go way too far with it, IX was especially bad with the puns

          • 3PointDecoupage

            I thought Level 5 translated 8.

          • Dogi

            Level 5 is a Japanese game development company. Not a localization company. They made the game, they didn’t write it or localize it though

          • 3PointDecoupage

            They also have an American branch.

          • Zero_Destiny

            Level 5 Int America was founded in 2010, with initial focus on small projects such as things like apps for smart phones. It was a very small group of employees testing pretty unsure waters.

            They have grown a lot over the few years that they’ve been around for but they are still plenty small, and very young. They still need help from other publishers like Bandai Namco and Nintendo to handle physical releases. Though the future should see a lot more coming from them. Needless to say, they had nothing to do w/Dragon Quest VIII, especially since Square Enix wholly owns it.

          • http://blackstar2661.deviantart.com/ SilverSpades

            Whoever translated VIII, I thank them because those accents, along with the voice acting that was apparently exclusive to the localization gave that game a helluva lot more charm.

          • Kaetsu

            Apparently they’ve also worked on Okami, Phoenix Wright and Boktai.

          • Dogi

            Responsible for burgers and an america with shinto shrines. They aren’t always bad, but sometimes its silly

          • GH56734

            Plus Alpha are the following duo: Clare Saracine and Will Blatchley. They were involved in the following:

            Layton Brothers Mystery Room (100%)
            Fortune Street (100%)
            Dragon Quest VIII (dialogues 80%, other 0%)
            Dragon Quest IX (66%)
            Dragon Quest IV (100%, infamously)
            Dragon Quest V (100%)
            Dragon Quest Swords: The Masked Queen and the Tower of Mirrors (100%)
            Dragon Quest VI (40%, Nintendo hired 8-4 to complete it)
            Okami (40%)
            Phoenix Wright 3 (Case 5: 50%, Case?: 100%, rest: Janet Hsu/Alexander O. Smith)
            DQ Rocket Slime (rewriting Alexander O. Smith’s script)
            Shadow Hearts 2 (50%)
            Romance of the Three Kingdoms IX (100%)
            Arc the Lad: Twilight of the Spirits (woked with others)
            Arc the Lad: End of Darkness (100%)
            Boktai 2: Solar Boy Django (100%, cited size limits stifling them from being too “creative”)
            Dark Cloud 2 (woked with others)
            AirForce Delta Strike (woked with others)
            Drakerider, 2012 iOS, Square Enix (100%)
            Romance of the Three Kingdoms VIII
            Moto GP 2
            Dirt Jockey
            Monster Rancher Advance 2
            Shining Force: Resurrection of the Dark Dragon
            Shaman King: Master of Spirits 2 (unreleased in JP)
            Shaman King: Master of Spirits (unreleased in JP)
            Pocket Kingdom: Own the World

          • GH56734

            You can thank Capcom’s internal translation team as well as Alexander O. Smith for the English versions of Phoenix Wright *series*, Ghost Trick and Okamiden. (Due to the pun-heavy nature of the original PW, a translation would have always lost something.. the compromise they found was really in hindsight)

            Alpha Plus translated maybe around 20% or so of Phoenix Wright 3, and 40% of Okami, with the rest done by Capcom translators. They didn’t go really crazy with those… though what they did to Dragon Quest was so awful I had to switch the language to French to play it. (Now I see who did Rocket Slime -puns done right- I understand why I loved it)

        • GH56734

          The party chat was already localized, for 5 languages no less, and riddled to oblivion with puns as you might expect. (You can get the iOS version for it)
          The problem here was probably they wanted to fit all of the translations in a small cartridge and that was simply impossible.

          • Metabble

            But the iOS version is only in english. I wanted party chat in spanish :(

          • Dogi

            Not in 4. If you had the unlocked JP rom you could toggle it to any language but party chat was only in Japanese. You’d get an error check in other languages. It’s in the mobile port, but was not in the DS localization. And scripts are tiny, there’s literally no reason to cut out what would amount to a few dozen kb tops for party chat

      • 3PointDecoupage

        What have they been doing for the past 5 years?

        • iron_maw84

          They been working on localizing the movie versions, duh. DQ I-VI didn’t come over on their own.

  • Nintendo Of North Korea

    Oh my god hell yes! Rocket Slime is my favourite game to date! I could not be happier!

  • Dogi

    I want all of them, especially X. If you market them even a bit they will sell. Nintendo will market them for you so don’t be lazy, just hire your company that loves puns and dialects and lets get to work

  • Nintendo Of North Korea

    Localize this, Terrys Quest and DQ Heroes and I’ll forget all about 7 and 10.

    • Kelechuckuw K.c.W

      No don’t forget about them they should bring them all to the west.

      It was Nintendo localizing the Dragon Quest games from IX onward on the DS/3DS, as well as Bravely Default (not related to DQ, but another traditional Japanese JRPG on the 3DS). Proof : http://www.siliconera.com/2014/09/01/week-imports-dragon-quest-x-dawns-3ds/ They’re probably the best chance of the next mainline game getting localizing, if it ends up being a Nintendo platform exclusive or coming to the west at all .
      others on other forums are also writing Nintendo via twitter as well cause square might be too stubborn to listen unless they see a flow of cash. From the console maker(In this case Nintendo) which is why they are asking Nintendo via twitter. what makes Square E move motivation wise is “cash” from the console publishers.
      What square understands more the people is money mostly only money more then anything,
      Which is what happened with Rise of Tomb Raider. they see cash from a console publisher they will get off their butts and move mountain’s . convince the console publisher & things will move like hot cakes

      • iron_maw84

        Dude Nintendo isn’t going to localize every DQ game for Square. Contrary to what you believe they have little influence on what SE does. Frankly as fi doesn’t want DQ here otherwise they wouldn’t be having this interview nor would they brought DQVIII and all the games in the first place.

        • Kelechuckuw K.c.W

          You can say that all you want but at the end of the day Nintendo does all the work these studio’s don’t want to due Lazyess or other reason’s dude, As this Also shows http://www.siliconera.com/2014/09/01/week-imports-dragon-quest-x-dawns-3ds/
          You Don’t want/like to hear that, cool/ fine, but they are. That the problem those people that made the game Don’t care (well the business side not the actual dev’s) that much with certain places in world. Nintendo does & is doing the work for those people. it happened resident Evil Revolutions and Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2

          Until we hear that these people actually do it them selves with their own game Don’t bother

      • Nintendo Of North Korea

        You make a good point and while I want 10 and 7 the odds are lower. I do believe we should get them all. thanks for the response, good read. If only all replies were as well thought out as this..

    • http://jesse-dylan.livejournal.com Jesse_Dylan

      Yes. Let’s get these. We still have DQVII on the PSX, and DQX is multiplayer (yuck).

      (I do want them all, though.)

    • http://playstationallstars.wikia.com/wiki/PlayStation_All-Stars_Wiki Sackchief

      I somewhat agree. They’d be enough for me to forget about VII. (even though I’ll be hurting on the inside.)

  • Adrian Duran

    just localize it all

  • E.T.993

    I NEED ROCKET SLIME 3 on 3DS. I NEED IT!

    • http://denpanosekai.blogspot.com denpanosekai

      I NEED IT TOO!!!

      • Warboss Aohd

        And My Choppa

    • Nintendo Of North Korea

      You sir have made my day.

  • s07195

    Rocket Slime 1 was the best. I feel that the sequels just got progressively less complex and there wasn’t enough classic dungeon exploring.

  • iron_maw84

    The Rocket Slime games would definitely be good start to restrengthening DQ’s presence here and lower the risk of bringing them over. I just hope they don’t turn into bombs like most of the iterations.

  • http://jesse-dylan.livejournal.com Jesse_Dylan

    Oh bless you, Noriyuki-san. I hope he’s not just blowing smoke up our rears.

    I loved the heck out of Rocket Slime, always felt sad we missed the first, and had about given up hope on the 3rd. Please release it! And yes, I enjoyed the humor; it was one of the most charming, smile-inducing games I’ve ever played (and replayed…)

    • Nintendo Of North Korea

      I agree completely, I’ve replayed the game three times now.

  • rubin

    Any Dragon Quest game getting localized would make me happy at this point.
    (Hopefully they don’t forget about Europe this time though!)

  • http://playstationallstars.wikia.com/wiki/PlayStation_All-Stars_Wiki Sackchief

    I really love Rocketslime for DS. That game was so amazing. Rocketslime 2 would be an instant buy for me.

    • brian

      The one you played actually was Rocket Slime 2.

  • John Pena

    Sorry, but I would pass!

  • wahyudil

    pass

  • Kornelious

    Yes yes sounds wonderful…..Though I think that we would all prefer the main Dragon Quest games first -_-

    • Nintendo Of North Korea

      I personally prefer Rocket Slime

  • brian

    Yes, please.
    Rocket Slime should probably come first, that way those games can promote DQ7/DQ10.

  • Overlord Val

    Better than nothing I guess and I do like rocket slime.

  • AJ

    Giant mech battles are never a bad thing.

  • Renaldi Saputra

    Square enix being sly as always
    They’re killing the franchise

  • Kuroneko

    This I can get behind

  • http://hatintime.com/ ShadowFang

    “…in Japan, there wasn’t a lot of feedback saying they wanted iteration, but in the western regions, especially North America, there are a lot of requests to see another Rocket Slime game.”

    I love Rocket Slime, and I would buy another one. But I really don’t know where/how Square hears what they hear when it comes to Western feedback. Replace the words, “Rocket” and “Slime” in that sentence with “Dragon Quest” in general, because I hear that sentiment far, far more often.

    “In the Western Regions, especially North America, there are a lot of requests to see another Dragon Quest game.” – see? That sounds right xD

    • sd28

      maybe they get both

    • Nintendo Of North Korea

      I actually hear Rocket Slime much more often, possibly because I’m part of the groups that ask for it but maybe, just maybe since it was popular enough. I don’t know.

  • RedFayt

    Don’t bother, just give us the main series games please. PLEASE!

  • Gyro Zeppeli

    Square
    yes
    please
    Rocket Slime 3
    Give it to us
    Online play
    please

  • aizen310

    It will be localized for moblies.

    • Nintendo Of North Korea

      WHY MUST YOU EVEN MAKE ME THINK OF THAT???

  • dahuuuundge

    I don’t care for Dragon Quest main series games but I absolutely adore Rocket Slime on DS

  • Eric ‘Chuckles’ Kotorac

    I’m not stupid enough to pass this offer. Please localize the third Rocket Slime game!

  • disqus_sLWeWfzzbA

    Omg yes please release both I played the first one for the gba and it was just as awesome as the ds one !

  • awat

    give us DQVII for fukin sake

  • iamtehultimatepwnage .

    i played the one that got released in the west and i enjoyed it but i would be way more happy if they can localise DQ VII and the DQ Monster game remakes for the 3DS
    i would still definately buy it though
    Some people mentioned the idea to release the 3ds dq monster and dq VII gmaes on the e shop, i think that would be a good idea to cut a lot of costs and they would definately make money taht way

  • Princess_Eevee9

    Sound greedy but why not all? :D

    Didn’t even think I’d enjoy this game or that it could frustrate me but it succeeded in both.

    • Johnathan Lenig-Lopez

      I agree. All of them will make a substantial profit, so bring them all over. They make money, western fans are happy, everyone wins.

      • Princess_Eevee9

        Everybody wins but our wallets. XD

  • Mozendo

    I don’t want to go down this road again. I can’t take it. (´;ω;`)

  • CamulaHikari

    The Rocket Slime game on the DS was fun, so yes please! <3

  • BizarreJelly

    Is it weird I enjoyed Rocket Slime more than some of the main title games? I do like dem slimes.

  • Γεώργιος Αρχαιοκαπηλίδης

    Translation: “There is a bigger demand for DQVII but since we are lazy enough to translate it let’s localize Rocket Slime instead which has much less demand yet it has less text.”

  • Codi Schumacher

    The game was only soso imo too much touch screen action

    • Kaetsu

      The 3DS game? Because the DS game could be played all the way through without using the touch screen, IIRC.

  • http://output1-2.bandcamp.com/ db4johnny

    I want the DQVII 3ds remake, and put the Psone version on PSN so I can play it on my Vita. …but Rocket Slime was ridiculously cute… O..o

  • Dystopiq

    Just give me DQ VII 3DS and I’m happy.

    • John Pena

      and X, but ill be just happy with VII for now.

  • revenent hell

    I have never really been interested in these DQ games..
    I kind of just wish they would release DQ VII on the 3DS as most have stated already.
    But,hey if it gets them to bring that over I am all for whatever games they want to release even if it is these.

  • Lordshade

    An mmo and an text-intense game that will appeal to a niche audience. There’s a huge difference between those and a simple game like slime.

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