Dragon Quest IX announced

Square Enix has held a press conference today where they announced Dragon Quest IX: Hoshizora no Mamoribito (Protectors of the Starry Sky). The game will not be released on the next generation consoles, but on the Nintendo DS handheld. This will be the first game in the series that will be playable on a handheld.

The game will be made by Level 5, just like the previous Dragon Quest and will feature 3D graphics, 4 player option and will be more action related than the previous games.

The release is stated for somewhere in 2007.

16/12 Update:
The first video of the game is available. You can watch it on the official website.

» Official Dragon Quest IX Japanese Website

Source: GameFront