Jump Fest 2005: Square Enix and Mistwalker show upcoming titles

New Dragon Quest VIII spin-off announced; new trailers shown for Valkyrie Profile sequel, Lost Odyssey, Blue Dragon.

The annual Jump Fest hosted by Shueisha is mostly about the Shonen Jump manga magazine and its characters, but a few game publishers closely connected to the company also make an appearance. As usual, Square Enix was at the event, and this time, so was Microsoft, which showed new trailers of Mistwalker's two upcoming Xbox 360 role-playing games, Lost Odyssey and Blue Dragon.

The biggest surprise at Square Enix's booth was a new Dragon Quest VIII spin-off for the PlayStation 2, titled Dragon Quest: Shonen Yangus to Fushigi no Dungeon. The story will focus on DQVIII's plump bandit Yangus, and it takes place during his childhood. Growing up with a father who runs a gang of thieves, young Yangus himself dreams of becoming a great thief. One day, his father brings home a mysterious pot, which will set Yangus off on his first adventure.

While few details about the game were released, the Fushigi no Dungeon series traditionally features randomly generated dungeon maps, and it's most likely that this spin-off will follow suit. The trailer showed that the game plays with cartoon-styled 3D graphics, though they are a bit different from those of Dragon Quest VIII. Yangus was seen walking together with monsters on the field, and the female bandit Gelda from DQVIII will also be in the game.

Dragon Quest series creator Yuji Horii is working on Shonen Yangus to Fushigi as general director, and he is joined by series character designer Akira Toriyama and series composer Kouichi Sugiyama. The game is slated for release on the PS2 in spring 2006. A teaser page has been put up on Square Enix's official site.

Another anticipated Square Enix title presented in trailer form was the PS2 action adventure game Seiken Densetsu 4. It's been 10 years since Seiken Densetsu 3 came out on the SNES, so naturally there have been some major advancements in the series' graphics and gameplay. Not only does Seiken Densetsu 4 feature 3D graphics, but it also uses a physics engine for realistic interaction with onscreen objects and employs voice acting for its characters.

On the subject of characters, the blond boy from previously released screenshots of the project has been named Eldy, and he's confirmed to be the main character in Seiken Densetsu 4. A 16-year-old youth with a cheerful personality and a mysterious past, Eldy will share the story's spotlight with a kindhearted shaman named Lichia. Having grown up together in a peaceful village, Eldy and Lichia find their idyllic existence shattered by an encroaching army. Seiken Densetsu 4 is slated for release in 2006.

Square Enix had a dedicated theater for the latest entries in its Valkyrie Profile series, which drew long lines. In the theater, the company showed off its trailer for Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth, a PSP port of the original PlayStation Valkyrie Profile from 1999. Lenneth plays as a direct port rather than a remake, but it also comes with new prerendered movies, as well as additional event scenes that connect the game to its upcoming PS2 sequel, Valkyrie Profile: Silmeria.

As previously reported, Silmeria takes place a few hundred years before the original Valkyrie Profile. The player takes the role of two characters named Silmeria and Alisha, who exist together in the same body. Silmeria is the younger sister of Lenneth (the main character in the original Valkyrie Profile), and Alisha is the princess of the lost city of Dipan. The trailer shown at the event introduced two additional characters: Rufus, an archer who's said to have an "imprisoned soul," and Lezard, a sorcerer who also appeared in the original Valkyrie Profile.

The graphics in Valkyrie Profile: Silmeria have been upgraded to 3D visuals with more realistic characters, but the game still keeps the atmosphere of the original Valkyrie Profile by adopting side-scrolling, 2D gameplay. Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth is slated for a March 2 release in Japan. Square Enix hasn't announced a specific release date for the PS2's Valkyrie Profile: Silmeria yet.

Microsoft also had a booth at this year's Jump Festival to promote upcoming titles for the Xbox 360. Among the series of trailers shown at its booth included new looks at Lost Odyssey and Blue Dragon.

As previously reported, Lost Odyssey is one of the two titles currently in development by former Square Enix producer Hironobu Sakaguchi's studio, Mistwalker. Working with Sakaguchi on the project is award-winning Japanese novelist Kiyoshi Shigematsu, who is lending his hand to give more depth and drama to the story of the main character Kaim Aragoner, a man who's lived for 1,000 years. The Lost Odyssey trailer ran for a little more than a minute, starting with a real-time polygon model of Kaim before moving on to a slide show of concept artwork.

After Lost Odyssey, Microsoft showed off a new trailer for Blue Dragon. Although Microsoft already has the game's teaser commercial running on TV in Japan, the new three-minute trailer gave a better look at the actual in-game graphics, including a sandy village with windmills and a mystical town with odd-shaped buildings. Following the landscape clips, a number of characters were shown exposing their alter egos on plain white backgrounds and fighting with some of the game's monsters.

Microsoft also showed Blue Dragon's 15-second TV commercial right after the trailer, which featured the game's character designer Akira Toriyama drawing on a tablet, while Sakaguchi comments on his work from the side. Toriyama is world-renowned for his Dragon Ball manga series, but he's also known to never show his face in the media. The TV commercial unfortunately was no exception, as only the tip of the artist's nose was visible.

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31 comments
s0l0123
s0l0123

I hope SD4 will be good.

ImperialPanda
ImperialPanda

That whatever video of Lost Odyssey that gamespot has isn't too bad. Quite a credits list. ;) Maybe xbox360 has something going for it after all.

Cz-100
Cz-100

I don't think they did drop Chrono, why else would they have stopped Chrono Trigger: Resurection?

dustincrider
dustincrider

what square enix should be doing is making a chrono cross sequel. Those bastards should have never dropped the patent on chrono break

maldaen
maldaen

Seiken Densetsu = the Mana series (for reference, Secret of Mana = Seiken Densetsu 2) And it's funny that Gamespot is reporting that it's for PS2, considering that Famitsu (the only one who reported it as being for PS2) has since retracted its claim, according to IGN. Square Enix has yet to declare which console will recieve this game, so I'll take their word for it. Uh-oh, Gamespot, your journalistic integrity is showing! ;)

quocthai
quocthai

I have no idea what seiken densetsu is.

chrisdojo
chrisdojo

never played dragon quest....probably never will.

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

I'm pretty much looking forward to all of these games. Not so sure about Seiken Densetsu 4 though.

NeoJedi
NeoJedi

No Final Fantasy... oh well...

ewjim
ewjim

Thats GOOD!!! :)

PringerOtaku
PringerOtaku

Mistwalker has no ties with Square-Enix. Hironobu is the lead dev. with help from Akira and others formerly working for SE. It'll be fun, these games are the major reason I bought the 360.... these and DOA4. Anyways, don't forget about [eM] or N3!!! They're also J-RPGs of sorts, though N3 is a bit action, DW-ish hack'n'slash. Blue Dragon and Lost Odyssey are both being released here for sure unless there's some huge conspiracy. JRPGs are the only things which will make the 360 popular worldwide. Where's Vic when you need him??? VIC!!!

Cz-100
Cz-100

Given that the 360 is a majorly American console I'd be supprised and confused if they didn't launch the games from Mistwalker here in America... I'd also cry, but that's a topic that should be glossed over.

hush404
hush404

RPG goodness all around. Anyways... I'm pretty sure Mistwalker is making the 2 RPGs for the 360 and other then the fact that Hironobu Sakaguchi is a former Square Enix producer... Square Enix has no part in these two RPGs.

DeuxHero
DeuxHero

Great now more info on the ff remakes plz

acesion
acesion

finaly no Sony fanboys yay! um i can wait for these games but i saw a vid of blue dragon and was a bit dissapointed. It looked like a game for 8 year olds since the main character look like he was 8. Im biased because i dont like little kids i guess and it did kinda look like digimon or some kinda kid anime.

petrnorth18
petrnorth18

man i love square enix. and i can't wait to see what mistwalker has in store for 360.

doomed51
doomed51

a Yangus game....hmmmmm DQVIII is awesome but i dunno abt Yangus......

magus704
magus704

The reason why I went out to get a 360 is for me to play Blue Dragon and Lost Odyssey. Here's hoping they turn out as good as I hope they will. Plus, SD4!? That is totally AWESOME!!!!!

strahd01
strahd01

so when are WE going to see the lost oddessy and blue dragon trailer??

kadealo
kadealo

where are these trailers. i want too see.

swanlord
swanlord

xbox360 RPG= next generation nuff said

dahaka_2005
dahaka_2005

there is a rumors that....dragon quest will in x360....i hope so

NeonNinja
NeonNinja

If these games are good than they will be the first Japanese RPG's I have bought in 7 years, please be good.

DarkmanX3
DarkmanX3

DQVIII was good. Im looking forward to BlueDragon.

AA7
AA7

But will the FF games be coming to 360? (there have been rumors)

dahaka_2005
dahaka_2005

i think blue dragon and Lost Odyssey its gonna interesting for x360..i think square enix must do titles for x360....

PringerOtaku
PringerOtaku

Umm... I'm buying every single game mentioned in the article, so yeah. Out with the games! I also find it strange GameStop still has Lost Odyssey with a Jan 02 release date. Imposssible, though it'd be nice.