Previously, the 3DS-centric Nintendo Direct in September revealed that the 3DS remake of Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King was pushed to a 2017 release date from the originally announced 2016 date. Fortunately, the wait won’t be much longer. Nintendo gave a press release this morning and announced that Dragon Quest VIII is slated to release on January 20, 2017.


Nintendo’s press release stated that returning heroes “may also find that elements of DRAGON QUEST VIII: Journey of the Cursed King have been streamlined for this hand-held outing.” The game features a Quick-Save function that lets players save and exit the game at any time. The other greatly useful new feature is the “Speed Up,” which allows you to speed up battle animations and go through battles more quickly.

The remake also now features a camera, where you’ll be able to take photos outside of battles and cutscenes. Customize the Hero and his party’s poses, as well as add filters and stickers on the photos you snag of Dragon Quest VIII‘s world and monsters.

Once you meet Cameron Obscura in Port Prospect, you’ll get Cameron’s Codex. Cameron’s Codex will reward players for “taking pictures of certain subjects, monsters and situations.”


Dragon Quest VIII‘s remake coming west shows that Square Enix has been more optimistic about the series’s performance in the west. Previously, the game’s producer Ryota Aomi has stated, bringing more Dragon Quest games to the west “if Dragon Quest Heroes–made in collaboration with Koei Tecmo–sold well enough.”

Dragon Quest VII remake launched in the west on September 16, but in Japan, both remakes have been released for a few years. Western gamers finally will be able to play the remake on January 20, 2017.


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