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Next month, Square Enix will host a Dragon Quest 30th Anniversary Project Presentation in Japan. We’ll be hearing about the latest games from series creator Yuji Horii and Ryutaro Ichimura, who is supervising the 30th anniversary project.

Fans can watch the presentation as it happens on Niconico. It will take place on the following days/times:

– 9 PM PT on January 12
– 12 AM ET on January 13
– 5 AM in the UK on January 13
– 6 AM in Europe on January 13
– 2 PM in Japan on January 13

We know that Dragon Quest XI is targeted for 2016 in Japan, so hopefully we’ll be hearing more about it. Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 3 will likely have a presence as well.

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Gematsu has translated a number of comments from Dragon Quest creator Yuji Horii about the series’ newest entry, Dragon Quest XI. Horii spoke with Jump about several topics, including the story theme, platform choice, protagonist, and more.

Head past the break for Horii’s comments. You can find Gematsu’s original article here.

Following the passing of Satoru Iwata, many game developers shared various messages about the Nintendo president. Dragon Quest creator Yuji Horii was among those who had a few words to share last week. A translation of his comments are below.


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Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 3 was revealed for 3DS in the latest issue of Jump. A higher-quality scan is attached above, and we also have a comment from series creator Yuji Horii.

Here’s what he shared with the magazine:

“For the latest Monsters, it’s Dragon Quest Monsters Joker 3, a completely new entry in the series after a while. For the current announcement, I only have an illustration of the hero and logo, as well as a mysterious creature (laughs), but in addition to new systems, new monsters, and new communications, we’re diligently developing the game with all sorts of stuff.”

Akira Toriyama designed the protagonist for Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 3. Jump also shows Nochora, a mysterious creature that will appear in various scenes.

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Update: Just in case there were any doubts about Horii referring to the 3DS games…



Dragon Quest creator Yuji Horii just wrapped up a conference of sorts at the Japan Expo. At the very end of the event, he supposedly dropped a major bombshell. Horii said that the 3DS remakes Dragon Quest VII and Dragon Quest VIII will be released “in French”.

That information comes from Twitter user Jérémie Kermarrec, who attended the conference. It’s backed up by fan site Final Fantasy Ring. Earlier today, the site posted an interview with Horii in which he stated that Square Enix is “thinking about” localizing Dragon Quest VII and Dragon Quest VIII.

Kermarrec spoke with someone from Square Enix once things ended, and was told that Horii sharing the big news wasn’t planned. He nonetheless appears to have confirmed that the 3DS releases of Dragon Quest VII and Dragon Quest VIII are both coming west.

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Dragon Quest creator Yuji Horii told Final Fantasy Ring in a recent interview that Square Enix is aware of fan demand for the series’ 3DS remakes in the west. Apparently, the company is “thinking about” localizing Dragon Quest VII and VIII for overseas territories.

Horii also commented on Dragon Quest XI, which we’ll just mention here briefly since platforms are unconfirmed. He once again noted that this title will be on home consoles, and it will be an offline experience (unlike the MMO nature of Dragon Quest X).

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Dragon Quest is celebrating its 29th birthday/anniversary in Japan today. The very first entry in the series came out on May 27, 1986.

In recognition of the milestone, Dragon Quest creator Yuji Horii shared the following message with fans:

“Everyone, thank you for the congratulations on Dragon Quest‘s 29th. Next year, we’re finally approaching the 30th anniversary. I think we’ll be able to make various announcements in the near future, so please look forward to them.”

Square Enix’s Ryutaro Ichimura also said:

“Today, May 27, is Dragon Quest‘s birthday! Already 29! Congratulations! As for next year, we’re welcoming the 30th anniversary! Celebrate! We’re going to have a grand celebration next year!”

Take a trip down memory lane by giving the first Dragon Quest commercial a watch:

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Yuji Horii, the creator of Dragon Quest, shared a message on the official Dragon Quest X website to ring in 2015. Horii touched on what’s planned for the franchise in the near and far future as Dragon Quest’s 30th anniversary approaches.

The message in full states:

Happy New Year, everyone. There is just one year to go until the 30th anniversary of Dragon Quest.

In February, we will release Dragon Quest Heroes, and in March, Theatrhythm Dragon Quest. Additionally, while still to be announced, there are many projects in planning as we head towards the 30th anniversary. And then there’s the release of Dragon Quest X Version 3.0 in the spring. Together alongside our fans and development staff, I hope we keep making the series even bigger and better!

Life is a role-playing game. Here’s to many more years to come of Dragon Quest!

Given that Dragon Quest’s 30th anniversary is next year, that could be when we hear about the series’ next core entry – Dragon Quest XI.

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Dragon Quest creator Yuji Horii won’t be directing Dragon Quest X Version 3. At Jump Festa, Horii explained that he’s “busy” working on the franchise’s next entry, Dragon Quest XI. It’s currently unknown who exactly is directing X’s upcoming expansion.

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