Square Enix revealed new Dragon Quest VIII information in a recent issue of Jump magazine. As characters level up, they will gain skill points that can be used to raise their proficiency in certain skills. This includes boomerangs, daggers, archery, and hand-to-hand combat, as well as unusual skills like charm, barrel smashing, and marathon running. Some skills are limited to certain characters who will also learn special techniques as their skills level up. In addition, enemies will be visible on the field map. After defeating them, players can use the Scout command to search the area, and then summon scouted enemies into battle.
Dragon Quest VIII will be released in Japan on November 27. A North American release has not been announced.