Yuji Horii wrote the scenario for all of the core Dragon Quest games and over the years the stories have changed. Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride, for example, had a number of edits like introducing Nera during the hero’s childhood and a brand new bride to spoil, Deborah.
Speaking with the Sankei Shimbun, Horii said he doesn’t have a problem with scenario rewrites and seeing the same story would be boring. Reminiscing about developing the Dragon Quest series, Horii said in the early days memory was often an issue. Fitting maps and music into a game was kind of like a fun puzzle. The series grew between Dragon Quest I-III and he felt a great amount of pressure afterwards.
Horii’s next project is Dragon Quest X: Waking of the Five Tribes Online, which is slated for release on Wii in 2012. The game will begin a closed beta test starting in the middle of November.