Dragon Quest IX western release confirmed, dated

Square Enix has announced that Dragon Quest IX will be busting out of the confines of Japan and will be heading to North America and Europe in two months’ time; July 12 and July 23, respectively.

The DS game has been out in Japan since last summer and done quite well. After selling 2 million copies in its first week of availability alone, the latest numbers from Square now place it behind Final Fantasy XIII as the second highest-selling game in the publisher’s 2009-2010 fiscal year line-up: 4.26 million units.

To compare, last summer’s Batman: Arkham Asylum has sold through 2.34 million copies worldwide in roughly the same time frame.