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Square Enix on why Dragon Quest hasn’t been as popular as Final Fantasy in the west

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  1. BladeRunner

    BladeRunner Chocobo Knight

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    Square Enix on why Dragon Quest hasn’t been as popular as Final Fantasy in the west, keeping the series fresh

     
  2. Lulcielid

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    I agree with the statement that DQ was released very late in the west, when FF and other RPGs were already stablished/stablishing themselves as judgernauts in the west market.

    Another problem that might face DQ is its smaller production values compared to FF (and other RPGs).
     
  3. Bunansa

    Bunansa Stiltzkin's Apprentice

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    I think what really hurts DQ in the west is how slow and "grindy" it is. I played the 3DS version of DQ7 for 10 hours IIRC and still didn't get access to the job system. It doesn't have many "epic" moments or set pieces like FF either.
     
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  4. SonOfEtro

    SonOfEtro ShinRa SOLDIER

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    I'm afraid I'm in the camp that I just can't feel a connection with Dragon Quest: its systems are archaic and their character design (along with Dragon Ball obviously) just makes me wrinkle my nose. I'm no Nomura maniac or anything, but I prefer the variety and styling of FF or series such as Drakengard and Fire Emblem.
     
  5. Lulcielid

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    I don´t think I´m the more adecuate person to say this (I only played DQVII and watched a few gameplay videos from the other games) but I think the conservative and traditional nature of the franchise might have been detrimental to achiving mass appeal, it might not be problem for its "niche" (in the west) crowd but I might have been for a wider crowd.
     
  6. AnGer-dono

    AnGer-dono ShinRa SOLDIER

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    I personally find the 'archaic' gameplay of Dragon Quest rather enjoyable and also somewhat fancy Akira Toriyama's/Armor Project's artistic sensibilities over the over-polished art direction of the most recent FFs. I get why it's not for everyone, but in my world view, nothing is ever truly 'for everyone'.

    Think of design sensibilities as artistic media - just because something else is in high demand right now doesn't mean everyone wants it and making smaller, more 'tested' fare sometimes can be as correct a choice as doing the big thing everybody wants. It's the same with movies and music, simply because superhero movies and simplistic bass-line-driven electronica are the things a lot of people like (at least that's what I get from looking at both box office and radio charts) doesn't mean dramas or rock music shouldn't be made anymore.

    Yes, I am aware that in the end DQ is a product. But it's a product I find worth having around and for people like myself to be able to pick up and enjoy as-is.
     
  7. GALER

    GALER Balamb Garden Freshman

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    I second bunansa's post, DQ really didn't put much effort into epic or pivotal plot moments. And yes, the battles were much too 'grindy.'
     
  8. llazy77

    llazy77 Sphere Hunter

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    I could never get into Dragon Quest, might try out XI
     
  9. Rin

    Rin Backlog Connoisseur Staff Member Moderator Site Staff

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    DQH2 won't have PC version, right?
     
  10. AnGer-dono

    AnGer-dono ShinRa SOLDIER

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    So far, there's been no talk of that.
     
  11. Rin

    Rin Backlog Connoisseur Staff Member Moderator Site Staff

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    Okay, thank you. Then I can proceed to pre-order without fear.
     
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