Square Enix has filed for another trademark in America that is unmistakably for a Dragon Quest game. Unlike the previous two, which currently have no game to match them yet, this latest trademark is for a game called Journey of The Cursed King. Fans might recall that this was the subtitle of the PlayStation 2 classic Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King.
Dragon Quest VIII also was released in Japan last December for iOS and Android devices using the Unity Engine, but nothing about the port coming stateside has been mentioned or confirmed. The newly filed trademark extends to video game software, strategy guidebooks, toys and, most importantly, “online games.”
The series has been relatively quiet in the States ever since 2011 when Square Enix wrapped up the Nintendo DS remake releases. Despite that, it has still pressed on in Japan with its usual dominating presence. The MMORPG Dragon Quest X has been made available for the Wii, Wii U, PC and mobile devices since then, and both the Dragon Quest VII and Dragon Quest Monsters 2 remakes for the Nintendo 3DS beat expectations out of the gate.
Of those three, I am most confident that Dragon Quest VII: The Seeds of Salvation, as I am assuming it will be subtitled based on the existing trademark and make its way to America before the end of the year if not next. In regards to other games and unaccounted for trademarks, I’m still a little puzzled. The Luminaries of the Legendary Line subtitle doesn’t match any games’ themes, and Square Enix remains tight lipped as always in regards to its oldest functioning franchise.
Oh, that song is so awesome.
Hopefully all of this evidence piling up proves to be true, and Square Enix genuinely wants to give the series another push in the West. Its president has already stated he is interesting in jumping back into the JRPG market, and this is as good as any of a place to start.