Dragon Quest XI has already shipped over 5.5 million copies and continues to receive praise from fans and critics alike. So it should come as no surprise, that work has already begun on the next numbered entry, Dragon Quest XII, into the long-running franchise, as confirmed in a New Year’s tweet by series creator, Yuji Horii.
As translated by BlackKite via JapaneseNintendo:
Happy New Year.Translated by BlackKite via JapaneseNintendo
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.
First day of Reiwa 2
Yuji Horii, game designer
Dragon Quest XI saw initial release in 2017 for the Nintendo 3DS and PS4, with the latest version of it, Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition on the Nintendo Switch in September 2019. It is not only a delight to hear that the next entry is already in development, but is ahead of schedule!
(Additional information – JapaneseNintendo)
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