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Square Enix says Dragon Quest XII: The Flames of Fate will ‘shape the next 10 to 20 years of Dragon Quest’

Square Enix is busy working on the next instalment of the mainline Dragon Quest series Dragon Quest XII: The Flames of Fate. Square Enix president and CEO Yosuke Matsuda said in the latest issue of Japanese gaming magazine Weekly Famitsu that the game is being developed with the future in mind. Mr. Matsuda said the team is planning to take into account the next ten to twenty years of franchise. It’s unclear how they are looking to accomplish this, but it will certainly be interesting to find out. Perhaps they have looked at Final Fantasy XIV which has been running since 2010. We shall have to wait and see as many would expect some form of single player campaign as with previous mainline entries.

“Dragon Quest XII is being developed taking into account the next 10 to 20 years of the Dragon Quest series. There are parts that remain consistent with the traditional image of Dragon Quest, but new elements are also necessary. After all, as a brand we always need to innovate.”

Square Enix president and CEO Yosuke Matsuda



  1. I don’t like this. IIRC, they are stepping away from the typical turn-based combat with this game. If that’s what they’re referring to, I have much less interest in the future of this series.

    1. I’m more or less on the opposite end here. The more traditional elements they will rethink, the more into it I’ll probably be. I mean, I loved Dragon Quest XI, to me, it really felt held back by many of the series’ traditions. Mostly the silent protagonist, but the turn-based combat was also just something I tolerated, not necessarily something I enjoyed.

      I do think compromises can work, though. For example, a turn-based battle system that plays out in “real time” with a faster pace. Final Fantasy XII did something similar, pushing its traditional battle system into real time, and I felt it worked amazingly well.

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