Dragon Quest VIII hits the New Zealand App Store with a hefty price tag

By , on May 28, 2014
Last modified 9 years, 6 months ago

Ever since we saw Square Enix's Dragon Quest VIII appear on iOS via the Japanese App Store, we've been hoping it would come to the West.

Now it looks like English speakers will now be able to step back into the shoes of the typically silent protagonist in his fight against the wicked Dhoulmagus, as the iOS port has just been spotted on the New Zealand App Store, meaning a wider release is likely imminent.

If you've yet to experience the joys of Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King - it's one of my personal favourite RPGs of all time - then this might be a good opportunity to do so.

You explore a huge, bright, colourful 3D world filled with adorable monsters, engaging in turn-based combat and generally going on heroic adventures.

There are some pretty steep barriers to entry if you want to fight slimes and hang out with cockney wide boy Yangus, kick-ass brawler Jessica, and reluctant hero Angelo, though.

You'll need 1.39GB of space for a start, plus an iPhone 5 / 3rd Generation iPad or higher, with iPhone 4 very explicitly not being supported according to the App Store page.

In now-expected Square Enix fashion, it's not exaclty cheap either. If you live in New Zealand you'll need a spare $24.99, which equates to about £15 in the UK and $20 in the USA.

As the description is very keen to point out, however, once you've paid the entry fee "there's no more to pay, as every last shred of content is yours to enjoy". No IAPs, basically. Yay.

Sadly there's no word yet on Yangus-based spin-off Dragon Quest: Shōnen Yangus to Fushigi no Dungeon finding a home on iOS. But hey, it's only a matter of time... right?