Nintendo and Square Enix have announced that Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies for Nintendo DS will be released across Europe on July 23, 2010.

In Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies, players begin their adventure as guardian of a city who is sent to retrieve the fruits of a sacred tree that have the power to grant wishes. Players travel the world, defeat fearsome monsters and unravel an epic storyline.

Before setting off on their adventure, players can create their own heroes, customising their face, hair and clothing. As the story unfolds, players become stronger, smarter and more powerful, and can also customise companions who join their group. The game features more than 1,000 pieces of clothing, armour, weapons and other items to provide a range of looks. Players can also change the class of their character at any time, choosing from a variety of vocations that will impact their abilities and strengths in the game.

Dragon Quest IX is more than a single-player quest, with players able to share their adventure with others, allowing up to four players to team up via a local wireless connection.

In addition to the main story, players can take on special side quests. Some of these quests will be earned by progressing through the game, while others will be made available for free download for players with broadband Internet access after the game launches. Some downloadable quests will continue the main storyline of the game, while others offer standalone missions.

Having sold more than 4.2 million units in Japan, much is expected of the game when its hits these shores.