Dragon Quest VIII smartphone version debut trailer
posted on 12.02.13 at 01:09 AM EDT by (@salromano)
Smartphone version looks identical to 2004-launched PS2 version.

Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King is coming to smartphones. Square Enix released the debut trailer today, and by the looks of it, it doesn’t appear to be too dumbed down from the original PS2 version.

The game is due out in Japan on December 12. Watch the video below.

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  • JonathanisPrimus

    why vertical

    • Kobracon

      Easier to hold and play with one hand.

      • Budgiecat

        While in Japan the other hands busy groping the female on the train to work! :P

    • adhesive

      The characters would probably look much worse on a horizontal display.

  • perrandy

    best dragon quest ever!

  • http://www.cubiz.tk/ Auragar

    I… just… I don’t even… ugh SE.

  • Elvick

    Stawp it Square Enix.

  • adhesive

    Wow, that framerate is absolutely shameful. I really hope SE doesn’t think a sub-30 framerate is anywhere near acceptable.

    • Elvick

      People who play primarily on mobile are used to low quality content.

  • new_tradition

    I still need to beat my PS2 version >3>

  • XypherCode

    Damn another smartphone port….And I thought it was only the FF series… :|

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  • Kobracon

    Wow ppl are quick to look down on smartphone stuff. If they can pull this shit off, playing the whole DQ8 on my phone would be AMAZING.

    • Budgiecat

      They should be focusing on consoles and handhelds

      • Kobracon

        This is probably a small team.

  • Haziq

    yess!! now i just hope it comes to the usa .
    i read that its going to cost 28$ plus tax in japan.
    honestly id wholeheartedly pay that price for this game.
    cant wait for it .though i guess i have too.

  • PrinceHeir

    wtf Square Enix?!?!

  • zakou

    The good thing is that more people may experience this amazing game.

    The bad thing, is that games like this are NOT mean’t to be played on phones/touch screens.

    • McPoo

      Surely a turn based JRPG is one of the few genres that would translate well to smartphones?

      It’s not like you need any precise movements with the virtual joystick when moving around the over world, and if you can select menu options themselves, then that’d be even simpler. I’ve not watched the video though, so maybe they have indeed slaughtered the controls.

      That’s how I see it, anyway.

      • zakou

        …So covering 20- 30% of the screen and its amazing visualls with your fingers is ok?

        How about the long term play where you fingers sweat and slide over the screen?

        Better yet, how about if you played DQ8 on your PS2/3 on your TV and i came to your room and covered a part of your screen with my hands during your playthrough.

        Is it really so hard to think of the “planety” faults with touchscreen? i understand if you just have to tap some games like on the Vita, that is ok, but now hold your fingers on the screen to move around and such.

        • McPoo

          Surely the problem with covering the screen is down to the size of your phone, fingers, and placement of the buttons. I’ve got a Note 2 so I imagine when in battle I could do it all with the S-pen, and not have to worry about the screen.

          I’ve had a quick flick through the video but couldn’t see much in the way of user interface. I’d imagine though there’d either be a moveable joystick, or one of those ones where it just appears where you press. Neither of those is particularly intrusive (unless something of utmost importance is happening in the bottom left corner of your screen). And as it’s a JRPG, there’s not much in the way of other buttons that really need using, are there? Just a couple at a time.

          Playing on a PS2/3 is fine, but what if you wanted to play on the move? What if I came into your room while you were playing and said “time to stop” and turned it off? Putting into sleep so you could carry on later (wherever you are) is a great feature, especially for something like this.

          A phone version is a good way of bringing it to people as almost everyone has a smartphone. The positives here outweigh the negatives. I don’t think all games should come to phones, but slow stuff like RPG’s and strategy games seem like a good fit.

          That said, I was quite pleased when they announced GTA: SA is coming to phones the other day, although I think I’ll probably get a controller for that.

  • miyamoto

    What! no Remasterd HD version, ScrewEnix!?

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  • Haziq

    im willing to pay 30 bucks for this game!.

  • http://www.hush404.com hush404

    I don’t get square these days. Bet you anything it’ll be like $30.

    • Nhiroz

      I was going to say the same thing haha

    • SolarisSpell

      Well. It’s a big game. 30$ is a nice price for such a RPG

      • http://www.hush404.com hush404

        In the world of mobile game’s it’s really not. Even R* ported games like GTA and Max payne and charged somehting along the lines of $5. Square over prices most of their games and most of which are just ports, not new projects.

  • Pyrofrost

    If they can make this work well, I wonder how well they could get Final Fantasy XII to work.

  • nyobzoo

    Is it me or does this game look like it’s running at 15fps?

  • Hatsuaki

    Uh… Why this… /cries

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  • badmoogle

    Can’t wait until this mobile bubble eventually bursts and SE returns with its tail between its legs to kiss the asses of their old fans only to find that they have long since moved to other more relevant companies and IPs.

    • Lelouch Vi Britannia

      This is why i’ll stick with the PS2 version. Smart phones despite how popular they are just don’t have the same appeal as consoles.

    • Elvick

      What I don’t understand is why they’re doing this solely on mobile.

      Do they really think it wouldn’t be worth putting on PS3? Or PS Vita? Or any other real system… where the actual fanbase would be?

      I don’t mind if they also include mobile in the platforms, but focusing on it so intently is going to bite them eventually. Especially with so many throwing focus there.

      So looking forward to seeing companies crash and burn on mobile.

  • http://www.psvitadirect.com/ Kurisu Makise

    I admit, I’m bitter. I wanted DQVIII but not like this…not like this. Well, actually better yet, not ONLY like this, which is really the issue here. I agree with @disqus_4qxZDhDO9o:disqus there was no need for this to be ONLY on mobile. Money could have been made with a multiplatform release. Ah well, I wonder if they’ll localize it in english. If this is the only way I can enjoy it, I’ll gladly play it on an iPad Air next year.

  • Budgiecat

    This about as bad as Namco putting Tales of Hearts R on iOS with multiple episode microtransaction downloads….

  • SolarisSpell

    I bought this for PS2, but never finished… I’m remembering now that I really didn’t play it much. This has renewed my interest. Maybe I’ll give it a try.
    Any advice before starting?