The Japanese remake of Dragon Quest IV will see an American localization. Its two sequels will also be remade for the DS and released in both Japan and America.
Today, Square-Enix published a North American Dragon Quest IV website announcing the pending release of the DS remake of the fourth game from the storied RPG series. Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen will see release on September 16, 2008.
In addition to the launch of the Dragon Quest IV website, Square-Enix announced the pending release of Dragon Quest V and VI DS remakes through the Dragon Quest hub website. Due to some similar elements, all three titles are known collectively as the "Castle in the Sky" trilogy even though there is no official indication that the games are directly related. Both titles have been given subtitles for their eventual release: Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Maiden and Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Reverie.
Both Dragon Quest V and VI have never been released in America before. Neither title has been assigned a release date, but players should not expect them until after Dragon Quest IV arrives.
There is currently no word on availability in other territories, but those involved in the DS homebrew scene have revealed that the Japanese Dragon Quest IV ROM contains translations data for all of the European languages. While this is not an official confirmation that the title will see release in Europe, it is a strong sign favoring that notion.
Dragon Quest IV (known as Dragon Warrior IV in America when it was released for the NES in 1992) was the last Dragon Quest title to be localized for the American market until the eventual release of Dragon Quest VII on the Playstation in 2001. Though immensely popular in Japan, the Dragon Quest series did not garner widespread support in America until the release of Dragon Quest VIII on the PS2 in 2005.