Valkyrie Profile, Dragon Quest V DS get US dates

Square Enix pencils in release dates for much of its early 2009 slate; Norse-themed RPG hits March 17, Hand of the Heavenly Bride reaches out Feb. 17.

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Here's a statement sure to shock no one: Square Enix is at work on a whole mess of new and refurbished role-playing games. Today, the Japanese publisher offered an update on its first-quarter release slate, and in the process confirmed that Valkyrie Profile: Covenant of the Plume and Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride will indeed arrive for the Nintendo DS in the US.

First revealed during this year's Tokyo Game Show in October, Valkyrie Profile: Covenant of the Plume continues the Norse-themed RPG saga that saw its first iteration on the original PlayStation in 2000. The third installment in the Valkyrie Profile series is again developed by tri-Ace, and is expected to arrive on Nintendo's handheld on March 17.

Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride first surfaced as the middle child in Square Enix's redux of the fourth, fifth, and sixth installments in the long-running RPG franchise in July 2007. Nevertheless, it wasn't until last month that the first of these games, Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen, landed on the DS to critical approbation. Square Enix expects Hand of the Heavenly Bride to follow on from that release on February 17.

With Star Ocean: First Departure docking to PSPs in just a few weeks, Square Enix said today that its follow-up, Second Evolution, would arrive stateside on January 6. The release will be joined next year by Star Ocean: The Last Hope, which is scheduled for arrival on the Xbox 360 on March 3.

Discussion

27 comments
Soilworkcob
Soilworkcob

5 is arguably the best Dragon Quest! For me IV & V are a tight race.

lionheart234
lionheart234

so lame they all get a U.S release first and then few months down the line released to europe , where ppl like me have to wait.... also to expensive now to import them aswell because of the recession = [

psylocke8
psylocke8

I can't wait to get DQV. I just finishted DQIV. It was so much fun. I am buying DQIV for my friend for X-mas. I still have the original strategy book for DWIV on nintendo. I want more Dragon Quest.

clqtte
clqtte

Oh!men..It's time to save up....for all of them...

Legend002
Legend002

My fear of Valkyrie going region exclusive is over. Both game looks great but I need some more in-depth previews and reviews before I guarantee a purchase to either.

jenofwildfire
jenofwildfire

Wow...Dragon Quest V will be out in time for my birthday(at the end of March). I'll have Dragon Quest IV and Chrono Trigger DS to keep me busy until them.

Chico_Azteca
Chico_Azteca

Valkyrie Profile, i liked the first one but never finished it, never played the second one ill give a try to this one.

Bowser05
Bowser05

Hm. I wasn't even aware of VP3. I look forward to it, having immensely enjoyed the first 2.

necronaux
necronaux

Not in time for xmas? I guess I could always just ask for gift cards and buy it later.

blackace
blackace

I still have to beet Dragon Quest IV first. We are getting a lot of JPRG's in the next few months. Doubt I'll have time to finish them all.

The_Weekend
The_Weekend

YES! Finally we get to see DQ V in English! It's about high time!!! But i'm just done with the Japanese version ... rather wait for VI's english release ... that is another DQ that is a time-sucking game with another great story!

Robio_basic
Robio_basic

DQV was nothing short of brilliant. The story was very much ahead of it's time in terms of subject and how it was told. Combat could use a little updating and more enemy models would be nice since the game had limited number of them. If they can make those minor updates and not damage anything else in the process this will be a must own for every RPG fan in the west.

weltall1028
weltall1028

Cool, I've been waiting for release dates for DQ V, VP, and Star Ocean 2.

Fareru
Fareru

Dragon Quest is on the way at long last! I've been waiting so many years to get an official port of Dragon Quest 5... My DS and I will be so happy soon :)

OfficialBed
OfficialBed

holy....i might have to buy a ds again

FallenAngel
FallenAngel

It's a good time to be a lover of RPGs :)

Atheno
Atheno

Ds..some how I don't have it.

GodsPoison
GodsPoison

Aww darn, i read Valkyrie and imediatly clicked hoping it was some more news on Valkyria Chronicles.........Oh well i still like Valkyrie profile too, now i need a DS.....

NightRain
NightRain

I want all those games for my DS! :)

BelmontMaster
BelmontMaster

Wow, I'll have to pencil these in to get myself.

DeafNYCPlayer
DeafNYCPlayer

I am sure that I will get Valkyrie Profile, and Dragon Quest V for adding to my DS collection.

kappareign
kappareign

very excited about both of these... especially DQV