Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Dragon Quest XII Confirmed

In a recent Tweet on New Year, Dragon Quest creator Yuji Horii reveals working on Dragon Quest XII from 2019.

Almost two years after original release, acclaimed 2017 role-playing game Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age from developer/publisher Square Enix has managed to sell over 5.5 million copies worldwide by the end of 2019.

According to series creator Yuji Horii, production of Dragon Quest XII has been on a roll following up to that success. However, fans need not to be very excited as the anticipated JRPG sequel is not coming out anytime soon.

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Dragon Quest XII Confirmed

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Horii stated that one of the achievements that he and his team had in 2019 is that they were able to start working on DQ XI sequel. His announcement is a clear confirmation of past reports that claim the game to be in currently in works.

It wasn't until last year, when an enhanced version of Dragon Quest XI saw launch on Nintendo Switch and that same year, protagonist character Hero became a playable character for crossover fighting game Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

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In his New Year's message to fans, Horii has revealed development of DQ XII in a Tweet that has been translated later.

Last year we started with publishing the movie Dragon Quest: Your Story, then releasing the Switch version of Dragon Quest 11, the mobile version of DQ Walk, the announcement of The Adventure of Dai anime along with its game adaptation, the production of [DQ] 12 and more; even now after 33 years have passed since I made the 1st game, I feel very glad that I can do new challenges like these. Thank you very much to all users who have cheered on Dragon Quest until now, and also to all of the many staff members who have supported me. I don’t know how long I can go on, but I feel like I want to do my best just a little bit more. I hope this year will be an amazing year to everyone. I’m looking forward to work together in this year.

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Aside from Dragon Quest series creator working on a follow-up title, recent success of Dragon Quest 11 has led to Square Enix teaming-up with developer Omega Force to launch action RPG sandbox building game Dragon Quest Builders 2 last year.

Considering usual duration of development cycles, Dragon Quest XII will not likely to come out before 2021 or later and when it does, it would probably see release on Switch, PC and PlayStation 5, since the latter is releasing in 2020.