PlayStation exclusive JRPG Legend of Dragoon cost Sony $16 million, made most of its money overseas

There is currently a rumor floating around the web that Sony Japan is working on a big AAA JRPG for PlayStation 4. This rumor hasn’t been officially confirmed yet, but Sony did have a few exclusive JRPGs in the past. They mainly include Arc the Lad, Wild Arms and Legend of Dragoon. Legend of Dragoon was a big AAA JRPG, which cost Sony $16 million in 1999, and was released on the PlayStation 1. The man behind this project was Shuhei Yoshida, the current head at Sony’s Worldwide Studios.

Legend of Dragoon was released on the PlayStation 1 on June 11th, 2000. It didn’t exactly become as popular as Final Fantasy though – but was still a big hit overseas. The game wasn’t a big hit in Japan, and with a huge development budget, it felt difficult to imagine Sony profiting from it. Shuhei Yoshida talked about the game sales in an interview withΒ Kotaku. According to Yoshida, the game sales in the US were “very strong” and they managed to recoup the budget cost through these sales.

“Eventually, we recouped that, thanks to sales outside Japan,” says Yoshida. “The sales in the U.S. were very strong.”


If the rumors of Sony working on an exclusive AAA JRPG on PlayStation 4 turn out to be true, it will be interesting to see how that fares on the PlayStation 4. Sony has made exclusive JRPGs on the PlayStation 1 and it’s successor, the PlayStation 2, but the focus shifted towards First and Third Person Shooters during the PlayStation 3 era. Being a huge JRPG fan, I sure hope that the PlayStation 4 marks the return of Sony to this genre.

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Khurram Imtiaz

Editor-in-Chief at GearNuke. I am a hardcore Final Fantasy fan and lover of JRPGs. When I am not posting news, I can be seen sharing my thoughts over at Twitter.

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  • Brittany

    I really hope they make a sequel for ps3 and ps4 I’ve been playing #1 sense I was 5 and iam 22 today and let me tell you I can’t find another like it out there I really do hope they either remake # 1 or make a sequel that would be awsome iam a dragoon fan for lifeπŸ˜†πŸ˜—πŸ˜™πŸ˜˜πŸ˜šπŸ‘„πŸ’‹β€πŸ’™πŸ’šπŸ’›πŸ’œπŸ‘Œ

  • Daniel Shaw

    Return to us, the Legend of Dragoon. We crave for its sustenance. It was, is, and has been our pasttime memory of the PlayStation 1, and many would give to have it returned to us in this modern age.

  • Kingzcrown

    Sony is sitting on a gold mine called the legend of Dragoon! And it’s 2016 and fans have been asking and begging for a remake or sequel. Valkyrie chronicles had bad sales and came out at a bad time but look how they made that come back selling millions stop killing LOD and bring back the best RPG. Greatness awaits

  • David

    Even if it doesn’t work for Japan, the American market for such a game (and LoD in particular) clearly makes the case for going ahead with such a project. Japanese markets alone shouldn’t dictate the games released. That is unless Sony wants to suddenly become a small niche market as Kodak has become with film development.

  • Varadin

    I’m with everyone else, I still intend on buying the ps4 for 1886, but I would pay whatever amount of money to see a rerelease of this game. They left the end of the game open for a sequel, not to mention you could play the previous campaign. Hell, how about Rose’s journey over 10,000 years as a prequel. Anything would be better than the silent nothing. All of my children cut their teeth on gaming with this game and they all love it, hell I have three copies of the game so when one wears out, I still have the game. SONY! That sucking sound, is the sound of your head being pulled out of wherever it is and putting some designers on this project.

  • Dan Mccabe

    i would be so happy if this game made a come back. still one of the best video games of any genre i have ever played. and a pioneer in gameplay mechanics. i would even be happy with a psp remake but would prefer a fullscale return.

  • Jordon Cyre

    Remake this I remember it was as popular as final fantasy.. What happened?? and a new arc the lad please sony πŸ™‚ something similar to twilight of spirits would be awesome :p played through that one as a kid and fell in love :p had to play the older ones soon as they all came on the psn store on ps3 :p but sony did say at the e3 when they announced ps4 that they wpuld go back to their roots so maybe this os what they meant by that is to re create the franchises that helped ps1 succeed the way it did and more πŸ™‚

  • Alan

    would pay Β£1000 for a remake, it was the first game i actually completed and loved every minute of it, ive tried to find games as good, played most ff’s but never completed them.

  • aaron

    i never thought about buying a playstation 4, but if legend of dragoon came out for it i would be one of the first in line to get the console and the game!!!

  • Mike Rainbow

    I would buy a PS4 if they remade this game for it, no joke. You can quote me on that, Sony!

  • kaigenie

    the only ff game i can see that was as entertaining as LOD was ff7 this game was the best game i ever played in my life had plenty of emotion plenty of loss and gain amazing story fun combo system awesome forms and summons i want it again i still own the ps1 release but this this can be number one game on every board if its remade or continued in ps4

  • Brian Victor Milazzo

    Absolutely loved this game as a kid. I am actually downloading it on the ps3 network right now. I don’t know about spending $500 like some of you have said but I would certainly buy a copy for myself and 3 more for my nieces and nephews.

  • Kelby

    This was my favorite childhood game I logged over 300hrs playing this game

  • LordSorrow

    I’d love to see The Legend of Dragoon brought to the PS4. I’d just… explode with joy!

    • Andrew Smith

      i agree it was a really good game to play hope they bring it to the ps4 since they are planning on putting games from ps1, ps2, and ps3 on the online store hope LOD is one of them

  • ZombieAssassin

    If they are working on something involving Legend of Dragoon then I hope it’s either a sequel or prequel. I’d rather not have a remake personally. Sure it’d be cool to have an HD remaster of the game for PS4 and that would be a game that would sell a PS4 for me. Although I’d love to play through something new and I think since they’ve the background story of the dragon campaign from part one a prequel would be a tad easier to develop than a sequel. Either way I just want one or the other. I’ve been wanting that since I was around 13.

  • LODLover4Ever

    PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE Remake this game or create a sequel. Its been over 10 years that I surf on the web hoping to confirm the remake of this game one day. I still play Legend of Dragoon but on my PC. CAN YOU IMAGINE THE GRAPHICS ON PS4??? Just the thought makes me cry of joy!

    • Pythag

      Hell imagine a PC port

  • Patrick Dodd

    I would love to see a remake of this game. The capabilities of graphics on the ps4 would be ridiculously amazing on this game. Would be a great play. I prefer games like this one more than fps games. I would love to see this come to fruition.

  • LACounty8l8 .

    Seriously guys we need a remake, prequel, sequel whatever but we need 1 on PS4 now.
    I would pay whatever $500 and still tip some extra $$ to sony for releasing LOD again. Call me crazy but
    ever since I bought my PS1 it came with a disc full of demos and LOD was in it and it caught my eye. So I knew when it came out I had to get it. which my mom did. Till this day I still own the original copy when which it came out.
    Play it from time to time when I beat other games and have the time to play it. Never ever been a Final Fantasy fanatic never liked the game. Never played it and never will. Not a RPG fan but for LOD I can consider myself a RPG fan because of it. lol =)

    • LODLover4Ever

      Same here! LOD was, is and will forever be the best RPG made! better than any Final Fantasy series! I still have my original discs and posters of this game. We need to DEMAND SONY TO CREATE THIS GAME! someone contact SONY game developers….they need to understand the importance or this game.

  • Ismael Ramirez

    i swer i’m willing to pay 500 usd for a remake of this game.

  • Ryumoau

    i’d love to see them return to making a jrpg, but not sure if it will ever be as popular as it was during the ps1 and ps2 eras.

  • benbenkr

    Remake this on the PS4 and I’ll pay $500 per copy. Not joking, you guys can quote me on this until Sony remakes the game.

    • Zuri Tristarie

      I would buy whatever super-duper-limited collector’s edition they release, even if it forced me into bankruptcy. Remember that thing they did a while back with one copy of a “Millionaire Edition” of Saints Row IV? Okay, well, I don’t have a million, but I’d be willing to take out loans to buy a collector’s edition of LoD2.

  • GunsAndTheBeast

    they spelled attack wrong. just like ryse

    • ε€§ηŽ‹ をレクァンダー

      They didnt, this is not the english version.

    • Death

      Its a french copy of the game, lrn2languages.

  • miyamotomusashi94

    Many FF gamers were addicted to this game I remember.

    Bring the next AAA title to the West I say.