DQ series creator wants Dragon Quest XII to be worthy of Toriyama

Dragon Quest series creator Yuji Horii briefly updated the community on the upcoming Dragon Quest XII: The Flames of Fate on Twitter today, saying that he wants the game to be worthy of the posthumous works of Akira Toriyama and Koichi Sugiyama.

Yuji Horii initially thanked fans for congratulating him on Dragon Quest Day, which is celebrated on May 27 in Pajan, before discussing the upcoming Dragon Quest title. He understood there was some concern about Dragon Quest XII, but says he was in a meeting about the game recently and will do his best to make sure it lives.

Akira Toriyama is known as the creator of the iconic Dragon Ball series, and worked as a character designer for the Dragon Quest series. He passed away on March 1st of this year, which devastated the manga and gaming community.

Koichi Sugiyama, meanwhile, worked as a composer for all 11 games in the series. He also passed away in September 2021 (the year Dragon Quest XII was announced).

It’s unclear exactly how much Toriyama and Sugiyama’s work was part of the game’s development before their deaths, but given Horii’s comments, we can expect at least some.

Although Horii has not yet been able to share any details of the game, it can be assumed that the development of Dragon Quest XII is going according to plan at Square Enix. The game is said to have a darker tone than the previous Dragon Quest games and that it will be aimed at adults.

Dragon Quest XII: The Flames of Fate is expected to release late this year or in 2025.

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