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Square Enix Ltd., the publisher of Square Enix® entertainment products in Europe and other PAL territories, today announces the UK release date for DRAGON QUEST™: The Journey of the Cursed King™. The highly anticipated epic adventure begins on 13th April 2006 exclusively on the PlayStation® 2 computer entertainment system.

John Yamamoto, President and CEO of Square Enix Ltd. comments: “Since initially announcing the launch of Dragon Quest in Europe we have been overwhelmed by the support we've received from buyers, our partners and the media. We are hugely excited about launching our first self published title in time for the important Easter holidays. The Dragon Quest release date is the first in a very important year for Square Enix in Europe.”

DRAGON QUEST: The Journey of the Cursed King is Japan's biggest ever selling PlayStation 2 game, and is the latest adventure in a legendary series that has sold over 40 million units worldwide.

Since the record-selling Japanese release new features have been added for the UK version including English voice-overs recorded by a British cast, a full-orchestral soundtrack, a completely renovated menu system, new battle abilities, and improved animations. DRAGON QUEST: The Journey of the Cursed King offers players a huge, epic adventure in a seamless world.


The DRAGON QUEST franchise has been established for 20 years in Japan

The DRAGON QUEST franchise has been established for 20 years in Japan, and with 27 titles under its belt, is the cornerstone of family entertainment. In addition to being the biggest selling PlayStation 2 game in Japan, DRAGON QUEST pioneered RPGs for the console platform.

Some of the biggest names in the Japanese entertainment industry work on the DRAGON QUEST series; Akira Toriyama famed for creating Dragon Ball® is responsible for character design; Yuji Horii is responsible for the story and script; and Koichi Sugiyama who has composed music for TV and released over 100 soundtracks and orchestral CDs, is responsible for the music.

DRAGON QUEST: The Journey of the Cursed King is being developed by the highly respected development studio Level-5, Inc. who deliver a richly detailed environment, vast enough to house Yuji Horii's sweeping drama, and a cel-shaded graphics engine which perfectly captures the spirit of Akira Toriyama's character designs.