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Begin your magical monster-filled quest to restore a stricken kingdom and rescue its hapless inhabitants 

LONDON (29 May 2014) – Square Enix Ltd., the publisher of SQUARE ENIX® interactive entertainment products in Europe and other PAL territories, announces DRAGON QUESTTM VIII: Journey of the Cursed King™, the most successful game in the 62 million-selling series, is available to download from today for iPad, iPhone and Android* devices, priced €17.99/ £13.99.  Players can enjoy the game in its entirety with no additional in-game purchases required.

DRAGON QUEST VIII: Journey of the Cursed King offers players a huge, epic adventure in a deep and beautiful world.  Eight years since its PlayStation®2 PAL release and for the first time in the game’s history, fans can experience this epic adventure in a brand new touch-screen environment, featuring beautiful graphics and a redeveloped, refined control scheme optimised for single-handed play on touch devices.  Players can use the Auto button to quickly and easily navigate around the expansive game field and smoothly fight through battles with a single button.

“Following its PS2 launch, DRAGON QUEST VIII: Journey of the Cursed King saw immense success and became an instant cult classic,” says Noriyoshi Fujimoto, producer of the mobile version of DRAGON QUEST VIII: Journey of the Cursed King. “The game is perfectly suited as a tremendous value for mobile and tablet as a full 60-plus hour console game with an epic tale of friendship, bravery and adventure.In particular, we have put a lot of effort and ingenuity into making the control scheme comfortable to play with.” 

DRAGON QUEST VIII: Journey of the Cursed King features hundreds of monsters and a cast of humorous and loveable characters to keep you company along the way. Join fellow characters Yangus, Jessica, Angelo and Trode as you embark on a merry and memorable mission to become the kingdom’s Hero.

DRAGON QUEST VIII: Journey of the Cursed King boasts a dream-team of talent from the world of Japanese entertainment, including Akira Toriyama famed for creating Dragon Ball®, who was responsible for the game’s character design; Yuji Horii who created the game’s story and script; and Koichi Sugiyama, a famous composer of TV and orchestral scores, who created the game’s music.  

The Story of DRAGON QUEST VIII: Journey of the Cursed King:

A long, long time ago, a sceptre with extraordinary magical powers was created. For many a year it slumbered safely confined within a castle. But then came the twisted jester known as Dhoulmagus. He broke the seal protecting the sceptre, awakening its terrifying powers and unleashing a foul curse upon the kingdom. Time froze as enchanted vines enveloped the

castle and everyone within. The king and the princess found themselves changed by vile magic into strange new forms. Only one person escaped the curse unscathed: you!

So begins your quest to restore the stricken kingdom and rescue its hapless inhabitants!

Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King features include:

  • Controls: Players have access to smooth, intuitive touch-panel controls and a customisable user interface. The in-game directional button is also customisable, allowing one-handed (or two-hand) play.
  • Battles: Reworked combat system allows for one-tap turn-based battles as well as more complex play. Players can choose an in-game battle strategy to move their character and parties automatically during battles; players also have direct control of their characters and parties during battles.
  • Auto Run Mode: As the fields are vast, players now have the option to auto-run through boundless environments.
  • Monster Recruit: Monsters inhabiting the game can be recruited into the player’s party.
  • Alchemy Pot: This pot allows players to mix various products in order to create new, stronger items. 

Platforms supported: 

Supported iOS: iOS6.0 or later 

Supported devices:

iPhone4s, iPhone5, iPhone5c, iPhone5s

iPad2, iPad (3rd or 4th gen), iPad Air, iPad mini, iPad mini Retina Display

It is recommended for play on iPhone5 or later or iPad 3rd gen or later

It cannot be guaranteed that this product will work on devices other than those listed above.

Please be aware that this product will not work on iPhone4


Devices operating Android 4.0 or later

*Not supported on some Android devices 

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About Square Enix Ltd.      

Square Enix Ltd., a part of the Square Enix Europe business unit, develops, publishes, distributes and licenses SQUARE ENIX, EIDOS® and TAITO® branded entertainment content in Europe and other PAL territories as part of the Square Enix Group. Square Enix Ltd. also has a global network of leading development studios such as IO Interactive™, Crystal Dynamics® and Eidos Montréal. The Square Enix Group boasts a valuable portfolio of intellectual property including: FINAL FANTASY®, which has sold over 100 million units worldwide, DRAGON QUEST which has sold over 62 million units worldwide and TOMB RAIDER® which has sold over 35 million units worldwide; and the legendary SPACE INVADERS®. Square Enix Ltd. is a London-based, wholly-owned subsidiary of Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd.

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