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…?”