If you can recall back nearly a year ago to October of 2013, Square Enix announced that mobile ports of the first eight Dragon Quest games would be coming to Japan. We hoped at the time that those mobile ports would also hit stateside, and as it turned out they did–or at least they've started to. This past May saw the US release of Dragon Quest VIII [$19.99] on the App Store (which is still on sale, by the way), and early last month an iOS port of Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen [$9.99] arrived. Over the weekend at PAX Prime, two of the producers working on the Dragon Quest series confirmed to Polygon that the additional entries in the series are indeed on their way to mobile.

It appears that the next Dragon Quest to grace our mobile devices will be the first entry in the series, also known as Dragon Warrior here in the US, sometime in "the first part of September." Following that should be Dragon Quest II and III in order, spaced apart over a period of two or three months following Dragon Quest's release. In regards to the out-of-order releases on mobile, executive producer Yuu Miyake says they started with Dragon Quest VIII because it was the most difficult game to port to a mobile platform seeing as it was a full-blown PlayStation 2 title built for physical controls.

Amazingly, the whole experience works extremely well on the iOS platform, providing you're down with the portrait-only orientation. Once they cracked how to make Dragon Quest VIII work well on mobile, it paved the way for the older, less graphically intensive games in the series, like the excellent port of Dragon Quest IV. However, when it comes to Dragon Quest VII: Warriors of Eden, the port will be especially difficult due to the amount of text in the game.

As someone who never really got into the whole Dragon Quest/Dragon Warrior series over the years, I've been having an absolutely wonderful time experiencing them for the first time on mobile. I'm currently partway through Dragon Quest VIII and am loving every minute of it, and I'm really looking forward to diving into Dragon Quest IV once I'm through with VIII. I'll no doubt be doing the same thing as the other games in the series begin trickling out, starting with the original Dragon Quest sometime this month.

[Polygon]

  • prince_david

    I'm so excited. I'm a big Dragon Quest fan since 1990. The game is designed perfectly for one hand portrait gameplay. I go for one hour walking lunch breaks and just play Dragon Quest. Keep it coming SquareEnix and please bring more of the series international

    • Stormourner

      you're a true Dragon Quest fan unlike those from multiplatform websites like IGN and Siliconera

      • prince_david

        I can thank Nintendo Power for that free copy of the original lol

      • Stormourner

        just wow I have never seen alot of mobile ports like the Dragon Quest series

      • curtisrshideler

        Also Final Fantasy. Hope we see more of those with a hopeful jump in App Store allowable sizes.

      • Stormourner

        only if apple made 1TB or 2TB iOS devices

      • curtisrshideler

        I've fit quite a bit on this 64GB phone, but those restrictions on app sizes are holding things up!

      • prince_david

        Unfortunately I just will have to delete games I'm rocking a 16gb iPhone

      • Stormourner

        I do have 128GB iPad 4 and iPad Mini and despite the size I don't have enough space I'm a app hoarder =/

      • curtisrshideler

        Me too! First RPG. Got me hooked.

      • Leydz Boomshaka-Irwin

        Do you have to play from the start to understand whats going on? I am interested in playing it but maybe I will get lost in the story? Never played this growing up. :/

      • Shaun Musgrave

        Nah. 1/2/3 have a strong story connection but stand alone fine. 4/5/6 have an incredibly loose connection but are almost entirely separate stories. 7/8/9 have no connections, though 8 does call back to 3 in an interesting way.

      • Leydz Boomshaka-Irwin

        Ok cool, So the ones available at the moment are 4 and 8 I think? I can basically start with either one. Maybe ill grab 4.

      • Stormourner

        well I never played Dragon Quest in my entire life, let's say I started playing Pokemon X and Y (two of them for a reason) because I never played the first generation

    • Gillberg_theGreat

      Man, I remember having the Dragon Warrior games on NES and I played them all sooo many times. I remember when I got a game genie and I played these games as if they were brand new.

  • Rattyfus

    Yeah. Can you stop posting this article now please, I've been alerted 18 times.

    • CecilMcW00t

      Yes! That was annoying. When is the TouchArcade iOS app going to be updated? It really needs some bug fixes...

  • FrehleyzComet

    I need new underwear!!!! :D

    • the_rebel14

      Here! Have mine!

      • FrehleyzComet

        Thanks! I cut my RPG teeth on the original Dragon Warrior! I played through it countless times. So many fond memories. <3

  • curtisrshideler

    Thank you for covering these games so well. The two released so far are my favorite games at the moment, and I can't wait to replay the first one which was my first RPG ever when I was 10 or 11! I hope these all do so well that maybe Dragon Quest 11 will be a Level-5 mobile game! Come on, SE.

  • mkdms14

    So let me see if I understand this correctly. Dragon quest VIII a PS2 game that almost 4 GB in size can be ported to iPhone and iPad while coming in at about

    • curtisrshideler

      The forum has one of the guys who worked on it. Sounds like it was a massive feat to get it on mobiles. Maybe they'll do one of the bigger Final Fantasy games with the same treatment?

    • Kedens

      They 86ed the voice overs which take up a bit of space (and are missed) but it amazes me how much they can do with the available space and RAM

  • worldcitizen1919

    I'm another huge Dragon Quest fan. Loved the two ports so far and playing both. Will definitely be purchasing the rest. I find the DQ series the most immersive JRPG games in existence.

  • PoloBaquerizoH

    Thanks Square Enix for all FF legendary games, for Chaos Rings and sequels , for The World Ends With You, Chrono Trigger, Secret of Mana, and now for Dragon Quest also legendary JRPG's games, always SE will always be my favorite and most exclusive game developer and publisher ever! Thanks for the unique bliss and for let the world have in its hands DQ and it mayor sequels!

    • prince_david

      I don't like how square runic has handled releases on consoles and handhelds but they are bringing out nice games to android and ios

  • Marvin

    I still On my way! the original Dragon Warrior (and the original Final Fantasy) on the NES!!!

    It'll be nice to see the battle sequences sped up with newer technology and a higher FPS. I imagine they'll lower the grinding requirement as well. Still, Dragon Warrior and Final Fantasy paved the way for the games and genre I absolutely love today.

    • prince_david

      Definitely lower grinding check out the gameboy color ports

  • entrylevelcommentbro

    More dargon= more fun

  • Leguro

    Please just fix the frame rate of 8. I've never played it, and REALLY want to. A MFI option would be awesome too. I have an iPad Air, and it shouldn't have a sub 20 frame rate.

  • vic_viper_001

    DQVII for the iPhone and not the 3DS? ...the hell Squeenix!?

    • prince_david

      Yeah I feel the same. I recently got dragon quest 7 again for ps1 and have been playing it

  • EZ Ice

    This is such a "no duh" for any game ever made for older console, pc and portable systems. Port it to mobile already....free money!

  • Hero Killer Id

    I love when the Enix side of Squareenix gets some love. Super hyped for updates versions of the original Loto Trilogy since the last version we had was the Gameboy Color versions. Which were still huge improvements on their NES counterparts but not as nice as the super Famicom releases.

    I stil remember the slow as text of the original and having to spend 30 seconds menuing to go up stairs.

    Also if you guys wanna port any of the Monsters series this way hook it up. Also potential for new spin offs ala FF Dimensions I'm down for sure. Just don't try so hard to change things and your fans will be happy. That's something You guys haven't been getting right with the FF franchise.

  • Lochheart

    Just one thing makes me sad about Dragon Quest.
    Look how amazing games they produce, 9 Dragon Quest since 1986.

    And then, they made a **** MMORPG... :/

    • Hero Killer Id

      What happens when they copy final fantasy.

  • Inaba-kun

    They really need to lose the illogical portrait orientation on these ports, as it makes them look bizarre (the human eye sees wider than it does tall, hence the ratio of cinema and TV screens), and feel uncomfortable to play.

    • prince_david

      They should have both. I like portrait for one hand play but would like landscape in my iPad

  • jesse_dylan

    Why would amount of text matter when porting a game? I feel like we're talking about porting to a Commodore 64 or something

    • Shaun Musgrave

      It has one of the largest scripts of any game ever made, and the entire thing needs a top to bottom relocalization. It's not so much a technical hurdle as it is a cost/time investment issue.

      • Darkenroll

        I tried playing dq7 but it was almost too much. I put 30 hours in and felt I hadn't even scratched the surface. And the intro was like 2 hours long! Might make a good phone game, actually, just cause you could play in small chunks.

      • Shaun Musgrave

        Your intuition was right. Almost everyone I know who has played through it crested the 100-hour mark on their first play. I took 108 hours myself.

      • Kevin

        Agreed - not only was there Party Chat for just about every little thing (and there were a LOT of "things"), but you could also chat in the middle of combat...

        In fact, you lost a turn if you did so more than 2-3 times in a row ;)

      • jesse_dylan

        It's a shame they aren't satisfied with the old Dragon Warrior VII localization. It was fine. They could always hire one person to touch it up over a few months, boom. And then shoehorn the old translation into the new 3DS version. :)

        I didn't think it could possibly be a technical hurdle, large as the script is.

      • Shaun Musgrave

        If it were that easy, they'd have already done it. I think the old script was okay for its time, but it's really out of step with the Square-Enix era localizations. Even just touching it up would take more than you've estimated, plus they can't just drop the old script files into the remade version. I have confidence people hoping for a new English release of DQ7 will get their happy ending eventually, though.