Dragon_Quest_IV_coverToday, Square-Enix revealed their lineup for this year's Gamescom event held in Cologne from August 13th to the 17th.  They've got a bunch of stuff to show, but the biggest news for iOS gamers is that an English version of Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen will be there. While English releases seemed likely for the Dragon Quest iOS games after Dragon Quest VIII's [$12.99] sudden appearance, it's nice to have confirmation.

Originally released on the NES, Dragon Quest IV tells the stories of several adventurers who eventually come together to battle a terrible evil. Its unique narrative framework and charming characters make it one of the more memorable games in the series. The iOS version is, save a few small differences, a port of the Nintendo DS remake, which itself was based on a Playstation remake that only saw release in Japan.  The remake adds many features over the NES version, including an entirely new chapter that adds significantly to the story. There's no word yet on if the somewhat over zealous localization from the Nintendo DS version will be altered, but if Dragon Quest VIII is any indication, it will probably be pretty similar.

I've had the opportunity to play the already-released Japanese version of the game, and apart from some slight music issues, this is probably the best Dragon Quest port yet on iOS.  It's naturally a bit more old-school than Dragon Quest VIII, but it wears its age well. Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen currently has no announced release date, but it's probably not that far off, so keep watching this space for more information as we get it.

  • RampageDeluxe

    Awesome news! I recently purchased a 3DS XL and most of the Dragon Quest series, but the 3ds had dead pixels, and so did both replacements. Since then, I've been hoping even more that these would make it stateside for ios.

  • PoloBaquerizoH

    Sweet hopefully would be soon!

  • Styrixa

    Where's the app link for watch list?

  • ineptidude

    I'm only interested if they add party chat back in. I played the hell out of the DS version so I don't really feel like going through it again with no changes.

  • Goggles789

    Wow, awesome! Hopefully they release the first 3, too!

  • Christopher Taylor

    Sighs...SE stop trolling us and give us news of a DQVII and DQX Localization...seriously...

  • theorangeipod

    Dragon quest 9 sentinels of the starry skies PLEASE

    • TJF588

      Especially now that the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection's been retired, and with it the daily sales. And after what Monster Hunter achieved on iOS, imagine the possible expanded connectivity!

    • Metabble

      Square-Enix Japan said they'd only port DQ1-8, not 9

  • jesse_dylan

    I want DQ I-III as well! And the rest.. :)

  • whitechapel

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Wolfcoyote

    Nice. DQ IV and V were my favorite DS purchases back in 2009, but I was really busy with work back then and never finished them. Since then I sold them off.

    Really looking forward to this.

    • jesse_dylan

      VI is great, too!