Welp, Dragon Quest IX has been confirmed for a Fall 2009 release in Japan. OK, not really, but in essence: Square Enix has finally pinned a date on the remake of Dragon Quest V for DS. It’s coming in July of this year, eight months after the Dragon Quest IV remake hit.
So from there we can extrapolate that DQIX won’t arrive for another sixteen month after DQV. The company has said that they want to release all the remakes before IX comes out, and given the series’ track record — every single chapter ends up being horribly delayed — it’s reasonable to assume that the remakes are actually being used as filler while the company dickers around with the sequel, spaced out evenly to fill the void before DQIX arrives and line the corporate coffers. And we still have Dragon Quest VI to go, so that’s an eight-month pad for DQVI and another eight while they put the wraps on DQIX.
What does this mean for America? Uh, it means… we’ll be playing the game before the decade is up, probably. But remember, the decade ends December 31, 2010, so hopefully you weren’t in too much of a hurry to play. Yeah, I know, “simultaneous worldwide release” is Square Enix’s new motto, but I’m not sure that really means worldwide. I’m pretty sure it means “Japan first; everyone else at the same time… a year or so later.”