DRAGON QUEST VIII Journey of the Cursed King to Ship November 22, 2005


DRAGON QUEST™ VIII – JOURNEY OF THE CURSED KING™ TO SHIP TO RETAILERS NOVEMBER
22, 2005

 


Exclusive
Features Include Playable Demo of FINAL FANTASY® XII



 


Los Angeles,
Calif. (September 21, 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) will
ship to retailers November 22nd, exclusively for the PlayStation®2
computer entertainment system.

 

The
first PlayStation2 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 GUI 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.

 

The
wait is finally over. DRAGON QUEST is back, now in glorious 3D! Representing
the collaboration of some of Japan’s finest creative talent, 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. Charged with the task of uniting their visions, highly respected
developer Level-5, Inc. delivers a richly detailed environment, vast enough to
house Yuji Horii’s sweeping drama, and a cel-shaded graphics engine which
perfectly captures the spirit of Akira Toriyama’s character designs. The
result is a living, breathing world straight from Japanese anime, where the
shapes on the horizon aren’t just scenery, but new places to explore!


 


A mysterious jester. A forbidden scepter. 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!


 


DRAGON QUEST VIII will be available at North American
retailers for a suggested retail price of $49.99 (USD).
Additional information and the official trailer can
be found at


www.dragonquest8.com
. The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) has
rated the title “T” for Teen. For more information about the ESRB, visit

http://www.esrb.org
.


 


 

 

 

2005 SQUARE ENIX CO., LTD.
All Rights Reserved. CHARACTER DESIGN: Akihiko Yoshida. 2004, 2005 ARMOR
PROJECT/BIRD STUDIO/LEVEL-5/SQUARE ENIX All Rights Reserved. KOICHI SUGIYAMA
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JOURNEY OF THE CURSED KING, FINAL FANTASY, and other names of products
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