Can you believe it’s already been 35 years since Dragon Quest first debuted? The franchise celebrated last night with its global anniversary livestream, and there were six new game announcements, including the highly anticipated reveal of Dragon Quest XII.
The biggest announcement of the night was the announcement of the aforementioned mainline sequel, titled Dragon Quest XII: The Flames of Fate.
Yuji Horii, who works as a designer for the series, said this entry will have darker and more mature content, where players are forced to make tough decisions.
Additionally, the game’s traditional turn-based “command” combat system will be reworked, but Horii said that longtime fans will still enjoy it. Horii also mentioned that the story is written, but still needs to be implemented into the game, so its release is still a ways off.
Dragon Quest XII: The Flames of Fate is directed by Takeshi Uchikawa and will utilize the latest tech from Unreal Engine 5. While platforms or release date weren’t announced, the game is planned to have a simultaneous worldwide launch.
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Next up, there’s an “HD-2D” remake of Dragon Quest III on its way from developers AMATA K.K. and Team Asano. The remake sports an appearance similar to that of Octopath Traveler, mixing old-school spritework with beautifully lit 3D backdrops. In face, the remake’s producer, Masaaki Hayasaki, actually worked on Octopath Traveler as well.
This title is also planned for a simultaneous worldwide release.
We also got a look at two spin-off projects, including Dragon Quest Treasures, which features Dragon Quest XI‘s Erik and Mia as children hunting treasure; and Dragon Quest Keshi Keshi, a mobile puzzler for iOS and Android devices.
Both of these games are planned for a simultaneous worldwide launch, though platforms were not confirmed for Dragon Quest Treasures.
Additionally, there were also two Dragon Quest X-related announcements. Not only is a Ver. 6 coming for fans in Japan this fall, but Dragon Quest X Offline is also on its way.
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As can be guessed by the name, players won’t need an internet connection to play this version of the game, which opts for chibi-like graphics and pick-up-and-play gameplay vs. the MMO-style of the original. Offline is planned for a Japan release in 2022.
And that’s a wrap! One thing’s for sure, Dragon Quest fans have a lot to look forward to in the next year, and we can’t wait to jump in and play.
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