Square Enix has announced a delay of Dragon Quest IX
from its March 28 release date to July 11. The March release date had been announced at a Dragon Quest-
specific press conference
in December. The announcement indicates that major bugs were found in the game code.
This delay seems like somewhat of an emergency measure; as NeoGAF
members note, Square Enix had already put a lot of money and effort into advertising the game around Japan, including promotional signage around 7-Eleven stores -- a partnership that has since proven ironic.
In somewhat less terrible news, Famitsu
has posted new screens of the game, featuring an inn-based communication system. Players can visit their friends' version of Ricca Inn, and leave messages and treasure maps.