Dragon Quest Delay May Push Back FFXIII

Dragon Quest Delay May Push Back FFXIII

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Final Fantasy XIII, also known as the game that may never come out, might be seeing yet another setback in its release schedule, thanks to the delay of Square-Enix's other gigantic franchise game, Dragon Quest IX.

Dragon Quest IX, which was originally slated for a March release in Japan, has been pushed back to July due to a number of problematic bugs. Who cares about stodgy old Dragon Quest, you say? As long as I have Final Fantasy XIII I could care less, you say? Well, the DQ delay may affect the release of FFXIII, according to Square-Enix president Yoichi Wada. "The next term's schedule has been fixed yet," Wada explained. "Presently, I cannot say what kind of effect we will experience from moving the Dragon Quest IX launch from March to July. I cannot say there won't be an effect." Regarding what it might do to change Final Fantasy XIII specifically, Wada said that "there is a possibility that Dragon Quest IX delay could effect Final Fantasy XIII."

It's nice to know that Square is adapting the "it's done when it's done" philosophy for DQ here, but it's starting to feel like neither of these games are ever going to come out. Square previously revealed that the game would be due in Japan by the end of 2009, but wouldn't be in stores overseas until April 2010 at the earliest. That's due to the need to port the game over to the 360 for international markets, a process which for some reason Square doesn't want to begin until after all localization work on the PS3 version has finished. Now that the possibility of yet another delay exists, not even Japan may see FFXIII until 2010. Which would leave the overseas edition probably coming out whenever Duke Nukem Forever does.

It's okay to cry, Final Fantasy fans. Cloud would.

[Via Kotaku]

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Can Square-Enix not realise that FFXIII > DQIX? I mean seriously. They shouldn't releases trailers for a game if they're not expecting it to come out for another year. TEASERS, fine. But not trailers.

Fuck Final Fantasy XIII. I want Dragon Quest IX!

MiloP:
Can Square-Enix not realise that FFXIII > DQIX?

DQ is like Star Wars for the Japanese. Well no, Gundam is. But DQ is HUGE.

Keane Ng:

MiloP:
Can Square-Enix not realise that FFXIII > DQIX?

DQ is like Star Wars for the Japanese. Well no, Gundam is. But DQ is HUGE.

hmm lets see, had a great original run that needed no work, then a bunch of expies were made that not only failed in quality but in writing.

Hey if Tomino had been behind Cosmic Era Gundam really WOULD be starwars!

the only thing I have to say on subject is this is one of the reasons everything Wada says causes the people he works with to hate him.

Double Goddamn it! I'm super excited about both of these games and a delay in either on the NA side will crush my soul.

Goddamn it Square! Why must you hurt me so!

Okay, this is excusable since there are some really bad bugs I suppose, they'd just BETTER not revolve around the stupid-ass multiplayer component.

Keane Ng:

MiloP:
Can Square-Enix not realise that FFXIII > DQIX?

DQ is like Star Wars for the Japanese. Well no, Gundam is. But DQ is HUGE.

No this is the REAL Japanese Star Wars...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nausica%C3%A4_of_the_Valley_of_the_Wind

Thankfully unlike George Lucas and Sunrise, Hayao Miyazaki has the decency not to ruin a good thing.

MiloP:
Can Square-Enix not realise that FFXIII > DQIX? I mean seriously. They shouldn't releases trailers for a game if they're not expecting it to come out for another year. TEASERS, fine. But not trailers.

Not for Japan it isn't. Dragon Quest IX will stomp all over FFXIII, it's releasing to what is probably the single biggest userbase currently, the DS, and it's got that magic name "Dragon Quest" on it.

Also, you have to realise the politics involved. The merger between Square and Enix wasn't an equal merger, it was Enix eating Square whole. Dragon Quest was Enix' biggest property, you can be damn sure it's going to get precedence now.

PedroSteckecilo:
No this is the REAL Japanese Star Wars...

The real Japanese Star Wars is The Hidden Fortress ;)

GloatingSwine:

PedroSteckecilo:
No this is the REAL Japanese Star Wars...

The real Japanese Star Wars is The Hidden Fortress ;)

Winner!

Who needs Japanese Star Wars when you have Turkish Star Wars.

http://video.google.co.uk/videoplay?docid=-7069307816427160377&ei=zd-VSbOBCZOuiALX2dy3Cw&q=turkish+star+wars

Seriously, everybody needs to watch this.

GloatingSwine:

PedroSteckecilo:
No this is the REAL Japanese Star Wars...

The real Japanese Star Wars is The Hidden Fortress ;)

More like Star Wars is the North American "Hidden Fortress"

... okay, I'll stop now.

See somehow i hadnt heard DQIX was coming out so this is actually a pleasant surprise for me

Lol, the last time I was actually following the news around there games was when my game-scoops came through the mailbox, in paper.

I'm not sure he means just delays. FF13 is a VERY expensive project and they probably need that DQIX money to keep working on it.

Avida:
See somehow i hadnt heard DQIX was coming out so this is actually a pleasant surprise for me

You missed that? They already announced DQ 10 for the Wii.

I don't care for the next final fantasy. I stopped liking final fantasy a while ago. I don't really care for dragon quest either.

What exactly is the DIFFERENCE between DQ and FF? they're both Genero-RPG's. Except DQ's art direction tends to rely on Toriyama and is thus superior and metrosexual free.

It's upsetting to hear that a game you anticipate might be delayed, but I would think Final Fantasy fans would be used to it by now. I seem to recall long development times for the past few FF games but FF fans still bought the games. I keep seeing comments on other sites where people have said they're giving up on SquareEnix over each delay.

By the way, those of you playing the "Final Fantasy fan blames Microsoft" drinking game, I'd suggest avoiding the comments on the Kotaku article unless you like having alcohol poisoning.

I have to think that if the Dragon Quest boys didn't jump the gun to start Dragon Quest X, this wouldn't be the case. Ah well, Star Ocean 4 is just a week and a half away. Besides, I'm not excited at all about FF13, and Dragon Quest IX has fallen off my radar since it was revealed that it will be a "Create your own party" type RPG. These days, without character development, Dragon Quest is a very one-dimensional formula.

I guess we'll never see Duke Nukem Forev- Ahhh fuck! Wrong game. I meant to say (type?), I guess we'll never see Final Fantasy 13.

TsunamiWombat:
What exactly is the DIFFERENCE between DQ and FF? they're both Genero-RPG's. Except DQ's art direction tends to rely on Toriyama and is thus superior and metrosexual free.

Dragon Quest has maintained a very simple design style since it's NES days and is pretty much always set in the same Generic Fantasy World with a fairly uninspired overall plot. It's battles are always very simple turn based affairs, the only thing that makes them interesting being the wide and amusing variety of skills you can acquire. Final Fantasy is much more dynamic, but does lack Toriyama's colorful designs.

But what happens when you mix Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy? You get Chrono Trigger and that was awesome.

Aww, isn't it cute how it looks like they don't give a damn about us Gaijin fans?

Erana:
Aww, isn't it cute how it looks like they don't give a damn about us Gaijin fans?

I think Wada is just smoking something and it is messing with his mind.

Dragon Quest is to Japan what Starcraft is to South Korea. It just doesn't have the infinite replayability of the latter. But when it comes out in Japan, boy does it make a splash.

If I remember right, the JAPANESE GOVERNMENT requested the last Dragon Quest to be released on a Friday so that the people wouldn't skip work so they could play it.

 

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