Dragon Quest Celebrates 35th Anniversary With Six Announcements

27 May 2021

To say that the Dragon Quest series’ 35th anniversary is a packed one would be an understatement. Yesterday evening, Square Enix hosted a broadcast with six announcements to celebrate the occasion that was simultaneously streamed in multiple languages. Let’s take a look at everything that was announced during the event.

Dragon Quest Keshi Keshi

Developed by NHN PlayArt, Dragon Quest Keshi Keshi seems to be a match-three game where you link up erasers to rub out other enemies. The art style is cute, with various protagonists from previous games appearing as lineless chibis. Keshi Keshi will release in Japan this year on iOS and Android, with a worldwide launch following suit.

Dragon Quest X Version 6

The next expansion pack for the yet-to-be-localized MMO Dragon Quest X was announced for a Fall release in Japan. Entitled Dragon Quest X: Tensei no Eiyuu-tachi Online, Square Enix even went so far as to note in the stream that there are no plans for a worldwide release. Maybe one day, I mean if we can get Phantasy Star Online 2 after who-knows-how-many years, we could definitely get Dragon Quest X. Regardless, Dragon Quest X is available to play on PC, Browser, PS4, Switch, Wii U, and 3DS.

Dragon Quest X Offline

An offline version of the MMO currently only available in Japan. It takes the Dragon Quest X formula and reworks it into a game that’s supposed to be nostalgic and charming, chibi-fying the characters and streamlining the gameplay in ways that will be revealed later. While they never said specifically during the stream that this is going to only release in Japan, there was also no talk about a “worldwide release” as with the other titles announced during the broadcast. It looks like players outside of Japan may have to continue to wait to play this story in their respective languages. No platforms have been announced.

Dragon Quest III HD-2D Remake

Following in the footsteps of titles like Octopath Traveler and the upcoming Project Triangle Strategy, this remake looks absolutely stunning. No release date or platforms outside of “consoles” were announced, but it will be receiving a simultaneous worldwide release.

Dragon Quest Treasures

Originally revealed as a new Dragon Quest Monsters game back in 2018, Dragon Quest Treasures features Dragon Quest XI protagonist Erik and his younger sister Mia, with the key themes for this game being “Erik and Mia’s childhood” and “treasure hunting.” Producer Taichi Inuzuka says that it’s an “untraditional RPG,” and like the HD-2D remake of Dragon Quest III, it will receive a simultaneous worldwide release. A release date and platforms weren’t announced.

Dragon Quest XII: The Flames of Fate

Closing out the show was a logo reveal for the next mainline Dragon Quest title: Dragon Quest XII: The Flames of Fate. Series designer Yuji Horii stated in the stream that The Flames of Fate will feature a darker and more mature Dragon Quest story along with a new battle system, with more information coming later. It will run on Unreal Engine 5 and is the first mainline Dragon Quest game to receive a simultaneous worldwide release. 

Featured image courtesy of Square Enix.