DEBUNKED: Dragon Quest VIII port News NOT True; Our Apologies

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

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Dragon Quest VIII

We recently reported that Dragon Quest VIII was being ported to the Vita, but it turns out that is not the case.

The Japanese source we used was merely speculative, and did not indicate the game was GOING to be made. We actually did have the article translated for us by a member of the staff, but Japanese can be a tricky language and mistakes can happen.

So again, there is absolutely no truth to the article, and we apologize for jumping the gun. We do hope though that the game is ported to the Vita eventually.


Masato Furuya, a Japanese news reporter, has stated that a remake of Dragon Quest VIII will be coming to the PlayStation Vita. He stated that the same orchestra who worked on the soundtracks for the Final Fantasy X remake, Kingdom Hearts HD Remix and the Dragon Quest VII Remake has been working on the music for this project. Stay tuned as more information comes to light in the future!


  • I’m hard.

  • James Beatty

    Unless Google translate is off I don’t think he says that DQ 8 is coming to the vita. He seems to mention FF X though.

    • antindf

      Just read it myself and you’re right; it’s not even slightly hinted at in the tweets. The author really should’ve gotten someone who can actually read Japanese to check before posting this.

      First tweet: “After 12 and a half years, the 3DS remake of DQ7 finally releases tomorrow. DQ8 should be next. Just an HD remake of the North American version would be fine. I want to play on my Wii U game pad in bed with orchestrated music.” [Japanese DQ8 had no voice acting and the music was tracked rather than real orchestral music; see ]

      Second tweet: “It would probably be quite difficult to get DQ8 running on the 3DS. I would be impressed if they could pull it off. It would pretty much be around the level of the FFX remake, so I’m guessing you’d need at least a Vita-level amount of power.”

      Random person: “The overseas version does have orchestrated music, huh. I’d sure like to play with that music if it was remade.”
      Third tweet (in response): “In addition to the orchestral music, it also had the luxury of being the series’ first entry with voice acting! If they’re remaking FFX and Kingdom Hearts in HD, DQ8 really should be the next in line! …At least, that’s the kind of fantasy I like to think about the night before DQ7’s release.”

    • Thank you for the translation!!

  • Vinicius

    I would buy a vita just for DQ8.

  • Guest

    Dragon Quest will never be on a Sony platform as long as Nintendo is a co-publisher of the franchise.

    • Guest

      See: why every DQ game since 9 including all spinoffs and remakes have been on DS (Monsters, etc), Wii (Swords, 1-3 Collection, X), Wii U (X), and now 3DS (7)

  • iggy

    lol wow and this almost swayed me to buy a vita. wish it were true

  • Dragon Quest series from last gen (DS/Wii) are only on Nintendo platforms now – remakes, spin-offs, new releases, etc. and Nintendo publishing the series in the west. So it’s really hard to see that DQ8 coming to Vita lol. It’s impossible. DQ8 should end on 3DS after the success of DQ7 or Wii U, but not Vita, lol.