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SQUARE ENIX CELEBRATES 35 YEARS OF DRAGON QUEST

Highly-Anticipated DRAGON QUEST XII, the Latest Entry to the Beloved Franchise Announced with a Global Simultaneous Release in the West
[This unedited press release is made available courtesy of Game Developer and its partnership with notable game PR-related resource Games Press]

LOS ANGELES (May 26, 2021) In honor of the 35th anniversary of the beloved DRAGON QUEST® series, SQUARE ENIX® announced four new titles during a celebratory livestream event. Western fans can look forward to the newly announced DRAGON QUEST XII™, DRAGON QUEST III HD-2D Remake, and DRAGON QUEST TREASURES™. Additionally, for the first time ever in DRAGON QUEST history, these three titles, which are all currently in the early stages of development, will have global simultaneous releases. For the mobile gamers, the livestream introduced a new mobile puzzle game titled DRAGON QUEST KESHI KESHI™ (Final Name TBC).
 
Fans can view the archived “DRAGON QUEST 35th Anniversary Special Livestream” program at: https://dragonquest.square-enix-games.com/dq35.
 
DRAGON QUEST XII
Following the massive hit of the critically acclaimed DRAGON QUEST XI®: Echoes of an Elusive Age™ and DRAGON QUEST XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition, together the titles surpassed over 6.5 million copies worldwide, DRAGON QUEST XII is the newly announced mainline entry in the series.

(Japanese Version Logo)

 
DRAGON QUEST III HD-2D Remake
In this latest visual iteration of DRAGON QUEST III, long-time fans and newcomers will be invited to experience this HD-2D version of DRAGON QUEST III that provides a unique three-dimensional feel by adding 3D effects to pixel-based backgrounds. DRAGON QUEST III HD-2D Remake is planned for release on console.


 
DRAGON QUEST TREASURES
A completely new spinoff from the DRAGON QUEST series, DRAGON QUEST TREASURES explores the childhood of the siblings Mia and Erik from DRAGON QUEST XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age. As Mia and Erik, players will embark on an RPG treasure hunting adventure in another world before the events of DRAGON QUEST XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age.
 

 
DRAGON QUEST KESHI KESHI (Final Name TBC)
Developed with NHN PlayArt, this title is a free-to-play mobile puzzle game for iOS and Android devices that will feature popular DRAGON QUEST series characters, monsters and items as erasers which are used to erase graffiti in the game.



DRAGON QUEST series creator and game designer Yuji Horii shared his gratitude to fans for their continued support of the franchise over the past 35 years: “I’d like to thank the fans who have always loved the DRAGON QUEST series and who have continued to support it throughout the years, along with the new players who are just beginning their journey in the world of DRAGON QUEST. I hope we can continue to celebrate the series for another 35 years to come!”
 
To celebrate these announcements and the 35th anniversary, players of the popular mobile tactical RPG DRAGON QUEST TACT will be treated to various in-game events and exciting rewards:

  • DQ Day Celebratory Quest: Players will receive 1,000 Gems by completing this limited-time quest, available until June 6.
  • DQ Day Celebratory Special SP Scout Red and Blue: Players who login now until June 6 will receive 3,500 Gems. Players who login now until June 10 will also receive SP Scout Tickets, enabling them to scout beloved DRAGON QUEST monsters, such as Dragonlord (True Form), Zoma and more, from two limited-time banners.
 
SQUARE ENIX also announced a special sale across various platforms now through June 9th for select DRAGON QUEST titles. Highlights include:
  • PlayStation® Store- DRAGON QUEST BUILDERS, DRAGON QUEST BUILDERS 2, DRAGON QUEST XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition and more on sale
  • Microsoft Store – DRAGON QUEST XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition on sale for $25.99 (35% off)
  • STEAM® Store – DRAGON QUEST BUILDERS 2, DRAGON QUEST XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition and more on sale
  • Nintendo Game Store – DRAGON QUEST I, DRAGON QUEST II and DRAGON QUEST III for Nintendo Switch now available for 35% off
  • Square Enix Store - DRAGON QUEST BUILDERS 2, DRAGON QUEST XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition and more on sale
  • Stadia - DRAGON QUEST XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition now on sale for $25.99 (35% off)
  • Epic Games Store - DRAGON QUEST XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition for PC now on sale for $25.99 (35% off)
  • Humble Bundle - DRAGON QUEST BUILDERS 2, DRAGON QUEST XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition and more on sale
  • Green Man Gaming - DRAGON QUEST BUILDERS 2, DRAGON QUEST XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition and more on sale
 
More information regarding platforms and release windows for DRAGON QUEST XII, DRAGON QUEST III HD-2D Remake, and DRAGON QUEST TREASURES will be announced at a later time.
 
For media assets, please visit the press site at http://press.na.square-enix.com/.
 
Related Links:
Official Website: https://dragonquest.square-enix-games.com/?lng=us
Twitter: https://twitter.com/dragonquest
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/DragonQuest
YouTube: www.youtube.com/DragonQuest
Instagram: www.instagram.com/DragonQuest
#DragonQuest
 
About DRAGON QUEST
DRAGON QUEST is a legendary series of role-playing games created by Yuji Horii and beloved by millions in Japan and worldwide. Since the release of the first DRAGON QUEST in 1986 – the game made its debut in the US in 1989 as DRAGON WARRIOR. The critically acclaimed series has shipped more than 82 million units worldwide, spanning 11 main-series titles, many spin-off games, as well as films, anime, novels, manga, merchandise and more. Celebrating its 35th anniversary this year, the wildly popular DRAGON QUEST franchise holds various Guinness World Records including the “Longest-Running Japanese RPG Series.”
 
The visionaries behind the series, Creator and Game Designer Yuji Horii, Character Designer Akira Toriyama (creator of Dragon Ball) and composer Koichi Sugiyama, continue to enchant newcomers and longtime fans with new entries in the franchise comprised of charming visuals, sprawling worlds and enthralling storylines. The latest installment, DRAGON QUEST XI S: Echoes of An Elusive Age, was released to critical acclaim winning the Metacritic Must-Play game award, and becoming Metacritic’s “#2 Best Switch Game of 2019” and “#3 Best PS4 Game of 2020,” and has shipped over 6.5 million units globally to date. 
 
About Square Enix, Inc.
Square Enix, Inc. develops, publishes, distributes and licenses SQUARE ENIX®, EIDOS® and TAITO® branded entertainment content throughout the Americas as part of the Square Enix group of companies. Square Enix, Inc. is affiliated with a global network of leading development studios such as Crystal Dynamics® and Eidos Montréal™. The Square Enix group of companies boasts a valuable portfolio of intellectual property including: FINAL FANTASY®, which has sold over 161 million units worldwide; DRAGON QUEST®, which has sold over 82 million units worldwide; TOMB RAIDER®, which has sold over 82 million units worldwide; and the legendary SPACE INVADERS®. Square Enix, Inc. is a U.S.-based, wholly owned subsidiary of Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd.
 
More information on Square Enix, Inc. can be found at https://square-enix-games.com

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DRAGON QUEST III HD Remaster, DRAGON QUEST XII, DRAGON QUEST TREASURES, DRAGON QUEST KESHI KESHI, CRYSTAL DYNAMICS, DRAGON QUEST, EIDOS, EIDOS MONTREAL, FINAL FANTASY, SPACE INVADERS, SQUARE ENIX, the SQUARE ENIX logo, TAITO and TOMB RAIDER are registered trademarks or trademarks of the Square Enix group of companies. All other trademarks are properties of their respective owners.

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