In Japan, the Dragon Quest gaming series is equivalent to say, Call Of Duty in the West. It's the most popular franchise in the country, and it's enjoyed by all ages. The series isn't restricted by console hardware either, and you're bound to see numerous individuals on public transport with their 3DS in hand. Thus, the West can often seem like an afterthought for the Dragon Quest series.
Naturally, for devoted JRPG fans in the likes of North America and Europe, this can be disheartening. The arduous wait for an english version of these games can often go unsatisfied, and fans are hoping that this isn't the case with the beautiful Dragon Quest XI. The West recently received their release date for Dragon Quest: Heroes, why not with XI?
Will the West See A Release Date For Dragon Quest XI?
Dragon Quest: Heroes is an important game when it comes to the future of the Dragon Quest series and its relationship with the West. In July 2015, Square Enix announced that they will release more Dragon Quest video games in the West if the company is satisfied with the sales of Heroes. On July 28, 2015, the game had managed to sell over 1 million units in Japan alone. An impressive feat that we don't think the West will ever match.
However, figures for Dragon Quest: Heroes are hard to come by, though we know that Dragon Quest Heroes debuted in 18th place in the UK. As a fair comparison, Tales of Zestiria debuted in 8th place, a confident beginning for a JRPG. Therefore, with this small indication, we can already see that the likelihood of Dragon Quest: Heroes having succeeded in the West is fairly low. Perhaps Square Enix won't be happy enough with the figures.
Dragon Quest: Heroes is actually a lot of fun, but the game hasn't been sold to Western audiences very well. Therefore, with Square Enix having rested the future of the franchise on this title's success, we may see an end to the Dragon Quest games in North America and Europe. And how upsetting would that be?!
Do You Want Dragon Quest 11 in The West?
How do you feel about the Dragon Quest franchise? Are you still in love with it after all this time, and would you like to see Dragon Quest 11 get a release date in the West? Let us know if you think this feat can be achieved, or whether this could spell the end of Dragon Quest for everyone outside of Japan.