Fans of Square Enix’s Dragon Quest series were looking forward to some good news from this E3, mostly in the form of a localization of Dragon Quest VII or Dragon Quest X, but instead, we have confirmation that Dragon Quest XI is in full development.
During a radio interview in Japan, series creator Yuji Horii confirmed that the next game in Square Enix’s longest running series is aiming for a 2016 release date to mark the 30th anniversary of the series. He also dropped a hint at which platform it will be on, and unlike what I had believed, Dragon Quest XI will be developed for home consoles to be played on a big TV.
Dragon Quest has always followed the best selling gaming device in Japan, which is now the Nintendo 3DS, so the move to consoles will be breaking tradition in that regard. Rumors about the game also being developed for mobile phones have been squashed as Horii as often spoken out against phones as a gaming platform.
Despite confirming it would be on home consoles, Horii did not specify which one. The Wii U seems a likely target, but we could even see the leap to PlayStation 4 if the next-gen machine finds a user base in its home country.
I’m excited, but as with most Dragon Quest games, this news is useless to us unless Square Enix puts its back into the series and starts to localize it again. Dragon Quest VIII was just released for mobile devices, so there is a beating heart there. However, it’s been about three years since we last saw the series get a release on a traditional console, so who knows what Square Enix might be planning for these platforms.