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- Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age
Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age is probably one of the most highly-anticipated JRPG releases of 2018. Dragon Quest fans have been waiting since 2004’s Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King for the next major installment of the three-decade-old franchise on current generation consoles. For a franchise that has lasted an incredible 30 years, there must be several past titles that fans would want to receive an HD remake for, similar to the Resident Evil 2 Remake and the Final Fantasy VII Remake.
Speaking at Square Enix’s 38th annual meeting of stockholders, Dragon Quest franchise executive producer Yu Miyake’s answer to the question of possible Dragon Quest remakes in the future was posted by Twitter user @michisuzu (translated by Siliconera). The answer is not a definitive one but it certainly spells good tidings for the future of the franchise beyond its 30th anniversary.
Dragon Quest Remakes: Dragon Quest XI Sequel?
Miyake said: “I want to do it. After making Dragon Quest XI, I learned that it can be pretty tough to make a full-HD game. Where to concentrate our resources, and such. We talked about a Dragon Quest III remake about 4 to 5 years ago, but if anything, we should probably make Dragon Quest XII instead [laughs]. There are also other series, and we have a new development line, so perhaps when the timing is right. For now, we don’t have any plans [for a Dragon Quest III remake], but there’s still room for consideration.”
With the amount of hype generated by upcoming remakes like the Resident Evil 2 Remake and Final Fantasy VII Remake, it would be a great idea for Square Enix to capitalize on the current trend. Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age was featured in Square Enix’s E3 2018 press conference last week, in which we received our first look at the game’s English localization and voice acting. While waiting for the game to be released on 4th September 2018 for the PS4 and PC, check out the E3 2018 trailer below.
In other related news, fans will be glad to know that the Dragon Quest XI will not be censored for the international release. Dragon Quest XI Producer Hokuto Okamoto said that none of the original Japanese content will be cut or removed for the Western version, and that includes iconic “puff-puff” action from past titles.