Square Enix President and CEO Yosuke Matsuda took part in an interview with Weekly Famitsu to discuss a few of the company’s upcoming projects, including Dragon Quest XII: The Flames of Fate.
Revealed during a live-streamed event in May, Dragon Quest XII was teased with only a logo and a few lines of dialogue. This was meant to hold off fans as the game was still in very early development stages. However, it is true that the series would be taking a new, more mature direction, as discussed by the developers.
In the recent interview, Matsuda-san shares, “Dragon Quest XII is being developed with the next 10 to 20 years of the series in mind.” He continues, “There are parts that match the image of what a conventional Dragon Quest game is, but new parts are also needed. After all, innovation is always necessary as a brand.”
The teaser trailer shown asks, “What is the purpose of life?” the one central question the title poses. The narrative is teased to allow players to have options, which has to do with the purpose of life. The game’s ambiance is more mature and will drift away from the cartoony nature that the series is known for, but we aren’t sure what that looks like just yet.
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