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Dragon Quest Designer Confirms Dragon Quest 12 in Development

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In celebration of the New Year, Dragon Quest series designer Yuji Horii posted a thank you message to fans on Twitter. He also casually confirmed that “Dragon Quest 12 and more” are in active development.

The tweet was translated via Japanese Nintendo:

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.

The Dragon Quest series has been around for three decades, and is recently enjoying a surge in popularity. A big reason is the excellent mainline RPG Dragon Quest 11: Echoes of an Elusive Age, which launched in 2018 on PlayStation 4 and 2019 on Switch with a Definitive Edition. That year also saw the Dragon Quest hero added to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as a DLC fighter, as well as the release of Dragon Quest Builders 2, one of our best family games of 2019.

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Dragon Quest 11 Surpasses 5.5 Million Copies Sold

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Square Enix is celebrating a sales milestone for Dragon Quest 11: Echoes of an Elusive Age. Thanks in part to a recent Definitive Edition release on Nintendo Switch, the RPG has surpassed 5.5 million copies sold, including physical and digital sales.

Dragon Quest series creator and game designer Yuji Horii release a statement on reaching the successful milestone:

“I strongly believe that this figure has only been achieved thanks to our fans who have always loved the Dragon Quest series and also the new players who discovered Dragon Quest or JRPGs through this title. If I could ever go back in time to meet myself when I was still making the very first Dragon Quest, I would love to tell him, ‘In 30 years’ time, Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age has been released and loved by international fans beyond seas and languages.’ I will carry on doing my very best to deliver further Dragon Quest titles to our fans worldwide. Thank you very much to all the fans who have enjoyed the title!”

Dragon Quest 11 released last year on PlayStation 4 and PC. Players take on the role of the Luminary as you gather allies, battle enemies, visit towns, and prevent a great evil from befalling the land. In other words, it’s a JRPG, but also a darn good one (read our review).

Dragon Quest 11 launched earlier this year on the Switch in a special Definitive Edition, with original Japanese voice acting, a 16-bit overland map, and new story elements. It’s rated T for Teen.

First Three Dragon Quest Games Coming to Switch Sept. 27

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Square Enix is bringing the first three Dragon Quest games to Nintendo Switch on September 27.

The original three Dragon Quest games are known as the Erdrick trilogy, and include Dragon Quest, Dragon Quest II: Luminaries of the Legendary Line, and Dragon Quest III: The Seeds of Salvation.

The original Dragon Quest launched in 1986, but didn’t reach North America until 1989, under the title Dragon Warrior, for the Nintendo Entertainment System. The series would remain under the Dragon Warrior name up until Dragon Quest 8 in 2002.

The RPG series was incredibly popular in Japan, though lagged behind Final Fantasy’s popularity in the United States. Both series were instrumental in jump-starting the entire Japanese Role-Playing genre on consoles. The Dragon Quest games spawned numerous sequels, including Dragon Quest 2 and 3, which hit North America in 1990, and 1992 respectively. The latest game in the series, Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age, released last year.

The Erdrick trilogy is named after a legendary hero, from whom the original protagonist is a descendant. The first three games involve the Erdrick bloodline, though each tells a separate, complete story.

Those hoping to relive the classic games in all their pixelated glory may be disappointed to learn that the Switch ports are not using the original 8-bit games, but the more recently remastered mobile ports, with updated art and menus.

The three games will be sold separately on the Nintendo eShop. Dragon Quest will be $4.99, Dragon Quest 2 will be $6.49, while Dragon Quest 3 will be priced at $12.49. All three games are rated T for Teen.

Dragon Quest Builders 2 Ships Over 1 Million Sold

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Square Enix has announced that Dragon Quest Builders 2 has shipped over one million units sold, including physical and digital releases. In Minecraft fashion, the developers celebrated by building a custom thank you model of the Dragon Quest hero.

Dragon Quest Builders 2 is the co-op friendly sequel that combines the colorful monster-filled RPG of Dragon Quest with the block-powered building world of Minecraft. The player washes up on a mysterious island, meets a foreboding young man named Malroth, and must battle back against destructive forces, evil cults, and monsters while rebuilding the island village.

The final DLC pack, the Modernist Pack, is now available for purchase ($9.99). The pack includes the largest collection of crafting recipes yet, with the theme of modern-looking buildings and clothing. The DLC is part of the Season Pass, which includes two other crafting packs, for a total of $20.99.

Arriving later this month on Tuesday, August 20th, Dragon Quest Builders 2 will receive its final free content update, which will add the ability to create multiple save files, as well as an all-new epilogue to the end of the story.

Dragon Quest Builders 2 rated E10+. It’s available for PlayStation 4 and Switch.