Square Enix announced a Dragon Quest III HD-2D Remake during the Dragon Quest 35th anniversary broadcast. Furthermore, the title will be available for consoles and, better yet, with a worldwide simultaneous release.
If you’re not familiar with the term “HD-2D,” it’s a term that Square Enix coined to describe Octopath Traveler. It’s essentially a mix between modern HD graphics and old school 2D graphics.
The battle screen also changed from its traditional first-person view to something similar to what we have in Octopath Traveler as well. That means we’ll actually get to see the party members in action.
Dragon Quest III was originally launched in February 1988 for the Famicom. It is considered one of the most influential Dragon Quest titles that introduced many systems still used in the series today. It was also the very first Dragon Quest to offer the “Zoom” spell and “Chimera Wing” item to fast-travel to the previous save point. Dragon Quest III introduced various new statistics and battle features that added more depth to the combat system.
While it hasn’t been confirmed, series creator Yuji Horii expressed his desire to do similar remakes for Dragon Quest I and II after the III remake. Square Enix will share more about the Dragon Quest III HD-2D Remake in the near future.
Check out the teaser trailer below:
Dragon Quest III 2D-HD Remake is in development for consoles, but a release window has yet to be announced. In related news, Dragon Quest XII was just announced.