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'Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King' (PS2) Wanders into Retail

by Rainier on Nov. 15, 2005 @ 9:37 a.m. PST

Square Enix announced today that its PS2 exclusive Dragon Quest VIII is on sale today. In Dragon Quest VIII old meets new, as classic gameplay is married to sumptuous graphics, delivering a sweeping adventure, bringing gamers of all ages into a world straight out of Japanese anime.

The first PlayStation 2 title in the series, Dragon Quest VIII is the latest in the legendary franchise that has sold over 40 million units worldwide. Updates for the North American release include voice-overs, a full-orchestral soundtrack, a completely renovated menu system, new battle abilities and improved animations. These new additions greatly enhance the gaming experience for the North American audience. A bonus disc will also be included with a playable demo of the North American version of Final Fantasy XII.

"We are extremely excited about Dragon Quest VIII's release in North America. Utilizing state of the art polygon technology, not only the map, but all of Akira Toriyama's characters are created in 3D. The player can freely run around in this wonderfully animated world as far as the eye can see," said Yuji Horii, Creator and Scenario and Game Designer for Dragon Quest. "While we've kept true to what made the series so popular, we've also added several elements for the North American audience and cannot wait for gamers to experience Dragon Quest!"

A mysterious jester. A forbidden sceptre. A fiendish curse. A once idyllic kingdom lies entangled in a web of enchanted vines, its king and princess hideously transformed, its castle and subjects frozen in time. Only one person has survived this horror unscathed: you!

Only you can save your king and country by lifting the shadow of the evil jester's curse... but it won't be easy. An epic tale of friendship, bravery and adventure awaits you on the grassy fields, snow-capped mountains and restless seas of Dragon Quest VIII!

Gameplay Features

  • Dragon Quest VIII showcases the masterfully woven narrative of series creator Yuji Horii, the distinctive character designs of legendary manga artist Akira Toriyama and the grandly evocative orchestral soundtrack of renowned composer Koichi Sugiyama.
  • Updates for the North American release include voice-overs, a full-orchestral soundtrack, a completely renovated menu system, new battle abilities and improved animations.
  • Party members deploy awesome attacks and spectacular spells for the first time in stunning 3D.
  • Playable Final Fantasy XII demo included exclusively with the North American version.

Dragon Quest VIII, has an ESRB "T" for Teen rating, is available at North American retailers for a suggested retail price of $49.99 (USD).

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