Yuji Horii, the creator behind the Dragon Quest franchise, has revealed in a New Year’s post that development of Dragon Quest XII kicked off in 2019, some 33 years after Horii-san completed work on the original game in the series.
Dragon Quest XII Development Update
Here’s Horii-san’s message in full:
Happy New Year.
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.
Not much is known about Dragon Quest XII right now, although given the fact it’s still likely a few years off, we can definitely expect it to launch for the PlayStation 5.
The original Dragon Quest launched way back in 1986 and spawned a successful series of JRPGs, which have gone on to sell over 78 million copies worldwide as of 2019. In addition, the franchise has also expanded into other forms of media, including novels, manga, and anime.
The most recent entry in the mainline series, Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age, was released for the PS4, 3DS, Switch, and PC between 2017 and 2019.
Stay tuned to PSU.com for more details on Dragon Quest XII as they break.