Yesterday, the official Dragon Quest channels across Twitch and Youtube hosted a live stream detailing upcoming developments for the franchise. The first half of the event was Japan only, as it showcased updates for titles and products exclusive to that region.
The second half of the live stream was broadcasted simultaneously to both English-speaking and Japanese audiences. However, much of the revealed information during this segment was Japanese exclusive as well, making a considerable degree of shown content useless for western viewers. Additionally, the stream’s format was far from ideal for English-speaking audiences due to the presence of 1 translator covering for multiple individuals speaking in Japanese.
All of this is to say that revealed news might have gotten lost in translation for spectators unfamiliar with the Dragon Quest series. With that said, here is what was revealed and is relevant for western fans.
Dragon Quest III HD-2D
Firstly, a remake of Dragon Quest III, called Dragon Quest III HD-2D, was announced for unspecified home consoles alongside an unknown release date. There is a simultaneous worldwide release planned, however.
Masaaki Hayasaka, who has worked on Octoapth Traveler and Various Daylife, briefly discussed the upcoming title. The HD-2D style combines pixel art with 3D effects to emit a unique sense of depth and atmosphere.
The team desires this game to be approachable to adults who played the original Dragon Quest III and children picking it up for the first time.
Dragon Quest Treasures
A brand new title, Dragon Quest Treasures, was revealed for unspecified platforms as well as an unknown release date. There is a simultaneous worldwide release planned, though. Eric and his sister Mia from Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age are the protagonists of this game.
The trailer shows Eric using monsters to explore the world and solve puzzles to open treasures. Additionally, this title takes place in another world before the events of Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age and will focus on the past of Eric and Mia.
Dragon Quest Keshi Keshi (Final Name TBC)
A free-to-play mobile puzzle game for iOS and Android currently named Dragon Quest Keshi Keshi was revealed with a cinematic trailer. This title contains iconic Dragon Quest series characters, monsters, and items as erasers used to erase graffiti in the title.
Dragon Quest XII
Near the end of the anniversary live stream, Dragon Quest XII was revealed to be in development for unspecified consoles with Unreal Engine 5. There is no release date confirmed either.
There is only a logo shown for the title so far, with no gameplay of any kind being shown. This is stated to be a Dragon Quest entry for adults.
“What is the purpose of life?” is one of the central questions the title poses. The narrative is about having options, which has to do with the said question. The game’s ambiance is more mature and will drift away from the cartoony nature that the series is known for.
The combat system is being altered, but it will still retain commands. Old fans will still find the experience familiar. They are aiming for a simultaneous worldwide release.
You can watch the full stream below:
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