Sugiyama talks Dragon Quest IX music at concert event
Find out who the maestro chose in DQV's big choice.
Dragon Quest composer Koichi Sugiyama held his latest game concert over the weekend. Before the music played, though, the legendary composer shared a few comments with the Japanese language press.
While obviously not able to make any major announcements about Dragon Quest IX, Sugiyama did note that composition for the title is progressing well. He also revealed that classic Dragon Quest songs will make it into the game, although he himself is not sure of the specifics of what songs will be used where.
For those who think Sugiyama just makes the music for the Dragon Quest series, he's actually a huge fan of the series as a gamer. During the interview session, he revealed that he's already cleared Dragon Quest IV for the DS, raising his characters up to level 99. He also recently cleared Dragon Quest V. For the latter title, he's currently working on hunting Metal Kings.
When you hear Dragon Quest V, the likely question is who Sugiyama chose as his wife. Asked this question at the concert, Sugiyama said that in the test version of the game, he chose Bianca. In the final version of the game, he saved just before the wedding scene and played in turn with both Flora and Deborah. He added, "Having three wives -- that's something you really can't do in the real world."
As for the concert, fully titled The 22nd Family Classic Concert: The World of Dragon Quest, this latest in a series of Dragon Quest music performances was held on the 9th at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Space in Ikebukuro. The focus for the concert, whose 2,000 seats sold out to early ticket sales within three hours, was on Dragon Quest IV, although a song from Dragon Quest V was performed as part of an encore.
The Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra performed at this event, but the next Dragon Quest concert, set for Kyoto on August 30, will feature the Kyoto Symphony Orchestra performing music from Dragon Quest V.