Blue Dragon takes flight August 28

Venerated Japanese developer Mistwalker bringing its 360-exclusive RPG to North American shores later this year.

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Microsoft's inability to crack the Japanese market with its first-generation Xbox was widely attributed to the console's dearth of classic role-playing games. Eager to buck this sentiment, Microsoft tapped Final Fantasy and Chrono Trigger creator Hironobu Sakaguchi for an entirely new, and entirely Xbox 360-exclusive, role-playing property, dubbed Blue Dragon.

Sweetening the pot for Japanese gamers, Sakaguchi's newly formed Mistwalker studio would feature other all-star contributors, such as Akira Toriyama, creator and character designer of the Dragon Ball series, and Nobuo Uematsu, who composed the music for much of the Final Fantasy series.

However, much to Western RPG fanatics' dismay, the high-profile title would initially be confined to a Japanese release. During this year's Game Developers Conference, Microsoft revealed it would indeed be bringing the highly anticipated title stateside this August. Today, the megapublisher pegged that date to an exact number, August 28.

Blue Dragon has been rated T for Teen and will retail for $59.99. For more on the game, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

Discussion

136 comments
CaRD0N
CaRD0N

Watched the game play movie and it looks decent. The only problem is I think I'll have trouble playing since I can't read Japanese. Might be tough.

WestSideAzn
WestSideAzn

The ONLY game I would pay brand new for, besides Halo 3. I'm glad it's coming in August!

lazykid7391
lazykid7391

OMG!!!.....this sounds freaking awsome!!!.....i cant wait to play it.....hopefuly it gives enough hours of game play....or atleast what it guarentees....unlike KH2 on PS2.....or TOS for GC.....who both were suposed to be 70 hours plus....and i didnt even crack that with KH2 when i beat it and i unlocked everything....and as for TOS it was a few hours off

flanderosa
flanderosa

Any idea when it's coming to Europe? Microsoft can then have the best part of 300 quid of my hard earned cash ;)

nickythenewt21
nickythenewt21

i can't wait! hopefully, i can get $60 by the end of summer (i already have $20, so only $40 to go, plus tax!)

kazraycrawley
kazraycrawley

been waitin a while for a good rpg last one i played was star wars knights of the old republic for the regular xbox

Calypsobreeze
Calypsobreeze

I have Asian version of the game on my japanese xbox-- english subs. Played through most of first disc before ROD... its not up to par with FF series. Characters are cookie-cutter Japanese anime. Turn based with some charge-up moves. Doesn't feel or look very next gen, maybe because of the artwork and lack of new game mechanics. Game is way too easy -- might be live patch to make it more difficult. If you want immersive, open-ended with complex mechanics... play Oblivion. If you want something light, linear, and cute-- this is your game.

AncientDozer
AncientDozer

This is a first party? Huh. . . You had me at poo snake. . .

kevy619
kevy619

its been awhile since ive played a good jrpg, cant wait!

TrumpyTheDog
TrumpyTheDog

@own1xon: Seem to have misunderstood me there, I was just saying that the PS3 has NOTHING Like this and won't have for a good year or so until they eventually get FF13. There isn't anything like this available on either the Wii or PS3, I never hinted at or asked that this make it to the PS3.

own1xon
own1xon

TrumpyTheDog Make it for ps3 or wii? Its a 1st party game. Thats like mario coming to 360.

dragonbattousai
dragonbattousai

Finally, one of the games that made me get a 360 coming out next month. Glad it will be next month so I can pick up TransFormers and Gears of War this month :D

MadMinstrel
MadMinstrel

Dryker: Get Darkness and DiRT, Skip the Transformers and Overlord... :P

Nawras
Nawras

This will be totally awesome. I don't know why it always reminds me of Bahamut Lagoon on the SNES

will98499
will98499

Looks like a great game to me. The videoes don't seem to show much info though.

Dryker
Dryker

Just one of the Over-$600-Worth-Of-Games I'm buying by the end 2007. That's alot of scratch, but I have no choice... these are all MUST-HAVEs and unfortunately pass up some interesting looking games. The wallet crunch starts now: Overlord and The Darkness in one day (have to pass on Transformers and Dirt :( )

ObiKKa
ObiKKa

This is great news. But I have a feeling that Microsoft will simply postpone the English translated release version of another JRPG, Lost Odyssey, over into very early 2008 outside Japan, because they've got an RPG game Mass Effect to release in November. It doesn't matter if the one is Japanese, & the other is Western - they're still RPG games, & MS' got other games to release too during the final quarter of this year (Halo 3, Alan Wake [?]), plus the fact that the game lineup will be too crowded by then.

ecko10
ecko10

i preorder this game a month ago

sizzlemebacon2
sizzlemebacon2

SneakyB986 said... "why do all the characters in the screenshots for this game look like they were pulled right out of the dragonball sagas?" Because the guy who made that series, Akira Toriyama, made the character design for this game. Oh yeah and before you post read the article...

dmn_link
dmn_link

Good, this is gonna be my first Xbox360 RPG game. I'm also waiting for Eternal Sonata.

kylepadd
kylepadd

Im glad that a date is finally set in stone. I have been waiting for this game to come out and have been tiding myself over with some other games that did not meet my expectations. I'll be the first to reserve a copy!

Taegre
Taegre

Really, play this game because it's virtually garunteed fun, but don't buy it just because it's turn-based combat and don't miss it just because it's turn-based. A lot of turn-based fans should give action RPGs a chance and any adrenaline addict is sure to find some good satisfaction in turn-based combat. Both audiences should love an RPG game if it's story is good (which is what a true RPG comes down to) Hell, I used to be a turn-based fanatic. Now I crave blowing stuff up to a blasting nu-metal song in games. Of course, I wouldn't mind at all if I could blow stuff up to a blasting nu-metal song in turn-based combat. Thanks to 360 custom soundtracks, Blue Dragon could grant me one wish.

jazreal
jazreal

SneakyB986 asked: why do all the characters in the screenshots for this game look like they were pulled right out of the dragonball sagas? Jazreal answered: because Toriyama was LEAD CHARACTER DESIGNER on this game :)

S-Biz
S-Biz

@Zweihanderhero It's just a part of his style. It's easily recognizable, simple, charming, but nothing to be superly amazed at really. Whether one takes it as a good or bad thing is all purely subjective. He's pretty much built a good reputation among the video game industry via Dragon Quest & has a good base of fans in Japan. The last I checked, the game did well to Mistwalker's expectations in Japan. Sure it ain't no FF killer on its own, but that's what Lost Odyssey is for. Quite frankly, I like the fact that it's going back to old roots & inventing some new ideas alongside it. It's quite refreshing & part of the reason I liked FF9 the most out of the series, but alas it was the underdog of FF games. In the end of the day, most people will still complain, complain....& complain about the same things over, over....& over again.

Bpg3D
Bpg3D

Awesome, it can't come soon enough! :)

munsoned
munsoned

this game might make me buy a 360 be4 i wanted to cmon ms fix that dam system so i can jump in!!!!!!!!!!

SneakyB986
SneakyB986

why do all the characters in the screenshots for this game look like they were pulled right out of the dragonball sagas?

LivingDeadNinja
LivingDeadNinja

Top 3 most wanted along with Bioshock and MGS4. Sucks Bio and Blue both comes at the end of August, i`ll be loaded!

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

Two more months. I can't wait! :D

abw1977
abw1977

Interested in this game but I'm not sure where in my purchases it will be... The back half of this year is going to be a killer on my wallet.

Legacyoftain
Legacyoftain

My anticipation for the game died out long ago. I highly doubt this will be the 360s Final Fantasy killer. I am not saying this game will be bad..but The mid 90's are over and gone are the days of great pure RPGs that were 30-50 hours long....now are the days of Oblivion and Two Worlds and MMOs that have almost infinate play time..so really this game doesnt excite me. Give me content over a cheesy emo story line of saving the world

Steel_Rain777
Steel_Rain777

Hmmm August 28...I'll be to busy purchasing Bioshock by then, to put down money on another jrpg turn based fiasco. I'll wait and see what others say about it first but for now I'll pass

mismajor99
mismajor99

not interested in jrpg, especially turn based.

Rect_Pola
Rect_Pola

Well you knew this was going to happen.

Sonovius
Sonovius

Zweihanderhero "To this day, I wonder why most people think Akira Toriyama's designs are a plus in a game. Cripes, that man hasn't drawn ANY original looking character in years. Every single one of his characters (especially the human ones) look like ones he'd drawn years ago." i thought i was the only one.

TTDog
TTDog

Is this the usual random turn based battle japanese RPG or have they finally moved on a little?

TTDog
TTDog

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jakeboudville
jakeboudville

Sounds good with all the previews I've seen on it. I should maybe get it if i have the money

Zweihanderhero
Zweihanderhero

To this day, I wonder why most people think Akira Toriyama's designs are a plus in a game. Cripes, that man hasn't drawn ANY original looking character in years. Every single one of his characters (especially the human ones) look like ones he'd drawn years ago. It's no wonder that the game wasn't a huge boost to 360 sales...frankly speaking, it's as generic an RPG as one can get. It basically rips off the good ideas from other RPGs and meshes it into one...There are a couple of original ideas (multi-monster fights...etc) but for the most part it's just retreading old roads... Coming on 3 DVDs, it's not even that long a game...it's all FMV after FMV after FMV. Granted, the FMVs are nowhere the length of Xenosaga but hell, I'd rather play and read a bunch of text like the old days if it meant a longer quest... Only the music is awesome (though it sounds too FFVII-like). Uematsu still hasn't lost his touch

TrumpyTheDog
TrumpyTheDog

Well to have sold 200,000 copies that means there aer at least 200,000 360's sold in Japan, and it sold a lot on the back of this, but as you seem to hate the 360 you can't be expected to know anything about it. The 360 will never sell truckloads in Japan... but last I saw neither is the PS3 right now either. It sold enough to make it worthwhile, and it'll sell 1000's more copies in the US and Europe as there's nothing to come close to this in terms of RPG's on either the 360 or PS3.

axia_777
axia_777

TrumpyTheDog @axia_777; It sold upwards of 200,000 copies in Japan.- I was talking about systems sold, not the game. Microsoft wants this game to sell 360's in Japan, pure and simple. There has not been a sharp increase in sales for the 360 in Japan. That is my point. Nor will there ever be. 360 is screwed in Japan and will be for ever. They should have made it for Wii or PS3. Then it would have sold more.

TrumpyTheDog
TrumpyTheDog

@axia_777; It sold upwards of 200,000 copies in Japan. With Mass Effect being delayed I may pick this up, although Enchanted Arms really put me off JRPG's a little, that game was way to Gay

puppiemaster
puppiemaster

Turn Based, Damn hate them, mind you I think FF is crap as well, but millions love them. Having a variety of games is great for gamers everywhere

Anabub
Anabub

Oh don't forget us EU players waiting to get this game ... any news on our release date??

DrCLos
DrCLos

Great! Now I know when to go buy it. I'm getting it day one :D

ash1966
ash1966

booooooooooooooooooo i don't like the colour blue