Towards the end of 2019, Square Enix announced more than 5.5 million copies of Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age had been shipped and downloaded worldwide since the game's initial release in 2017. This was also one of the biggest releases on the Switch last year, outside of the major first-party titles.
It should come as no surprise then, that a new mainline Dragon Quest game is already in development. Series creator Yuji Horii recently confirmed in a New Year tweet that Dragon Quest XII began development last year, exactly 33 years after he started working on the original Famicom title. Below is the full translation, courtesy of @BlackKite:
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 had an outstanding year in 2019. not only did the Switch receive Dragon Quest XI S, it also got Dragon Quest Builders 2 and multiple classic Dragon Quest games on the Switch eShop. To top it off, the Hero (aka. the protagonist of the series) was added to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as a DLC fighter.
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