Square Enix has seemingly confirmed that Dragon Quest XII is in development. This news comes from a Dragon Quest livestream (translated by Gematsu) where series producer Yuu Miyake made the first mention of the game’s progress.
“By the way, about Dragon Quest XII, which I’m sure is on everyone’s mind—[series creator Yuji] Horii and I are currently making preparations on series developments that will connect to XII,” said Miyake. “I think it’s still too early, but we would like to announce it in some form, so please wait a little while longer.”
At the very least, that statement seems to confirm that Dragon Quest XII won’t be at E3 2019. It seems that the series’ team may have wanted to head off any trouble that may have come when Square Enix didn’t reference Dragon Quest XII at the show. It’s a tactic that we’ve seen companies like Bethesda utilize when they told people not to expect Elder Scrolls VI or Starfield during their E3 2019 presentation.
It also sounds like the next Dragon Quest game is in the very, very early stages of active development (if it’s even that far along at all). We would go so far as to suggest that could mean Dragon Quest XII will make an appearance on the PS5 and other next-gen consoles. Given the series’ popularity, though, it’s likely it would at least receive a dual-release with current-gen consoles as well.
Of course, this isn’t the only thing that the Dragon Quest team are working on (or at least consulting on). The recently revealed Dragon Quest Walk encourages you to get out there and walk as you participate in your own JRPG adventure. It’s like Pokemon Go but with gameplay. We joke because we love.
Oh, and be sure to check out Dragon Quest XI if you haven’t already. It’s a surprisingly excellent starting point for those looking to get into the series.
Matthew Byrd is a staff writer for Den of Geek. He spends most of his days trying to pitch deep-dive analytical pieces about Killer Klowns From Outer Space to an increasingly perturbed series of editors. You can read more of his work here or find him on Twitter at @SilverTuna014.