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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.
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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.