Dragon Quest VIII – Journey Of The Cursed King On Sale Now

Dragon
Quest VIII – Journey Of The Cursed King On Sale Now

Latest Release in Legendary RPG
Series Supported by Multi-million Dollar Marketing Campaign

Los Angeles, Calif. (November 15,
2005) – Square Enix, Inc., the publisher of Square Enix™ interactive
entertainment products in North America, announced today that DRAGON QUEST VIII
– Journey of the Cursed King (DRAGON QUEST VIII) is on sale today, exclusively
for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system. The long-awaited release is
supported by an extensive multi-million dollar marketing campaign.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

Additional Info

The DRAGON QUEST VIII Official
Strategy Guide by BradyGames will aid players in their epic journey. A
comprehensive walkthrough and expert boss strategies give players the upper hand
over their enemies. A detailed list of items that can be alchemized is also
included. All side quests and mini-games are also uncovered for endless gameplay
options. The Official Strategy Guide, part of BradyGames’ Signature Series, will
be priced at $17.99 US / $24.99 CAN. More information about BradyGames can be
found at www.bradygames.com
.

DRAGON QUEST VIII is available at
North American retailers for a suggested retail price of $49.99 (USD).
Additional information and trailers can be found at
www.dragonquest8.com .
The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) has rated the title “T” for Teen.