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New Dragon Quest games announced by Square Enix

In a live stream to celebrate 35th anniversary of the Dragon Quest series, Square Enix reveals four new games confirmed for release the West.

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In a live stream to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Dragon Quest series, Square Enix reveals a host of new games.

The live stream – which was the first for the series to include a live English translation – officially confirmed that Dragon Quest XII: The Flames of Fate is now in development. Gameplay footage was absent, but series creator Yuji Horii says the game takes a darker, more adult-oriented approach.

The highlight of the show was probably the latest remake of the beloved Dragon Quest III. The game is getting a beautiful upgrade using Square Enix’s HD-2D graphical technology previously seen in Octopath Traveler and Project Triangle Strategy.

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Fans of Dragon Quest XII: Echoes of an Elusive Age can also look forward to Dragon Quest Treasures, a prequel of sorts focused on the childhood treasure-hunting adventures of siblings Mia and Erik.

Platforms and release dates for these titles are yet to be confirmed.

Square Enix has also partnered with NHN PlayArt to develop Dragon Quest Keshi Keshi, a free-to-play mobile puzzle game for iOS and Android devices. Finally, the live stream revealed that MMORPG Dragon Quest X is being reworked into an offline game that features revised graphics and a more compact map. It’s only planned for release in Japan.

Reflecting on the long-running RPG series, Yuji Horii said:

“I’d like to thank the fans who have always loved the Dragon Quest series and who have continued to support it throughout the years, along with the new players who are just beginning their journey in the world of Dragon Quest. I hope we can continue to celebrate the series for another 35 years to come!”

Grab a tasty glass of Prickly Pop and watch the 35th-anniversary live stream in full.

To continue the celebrations, Square Enix is also running a range of sales. Selected games in the series are discounted on PC, Xbox, PlayStation and Nintendo consoles until June 9, 2021.


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