Dragon Quest XII: The Flames of Fate 35th anniversary livestream Square Enix Yuji Horii changed battle command system

During the Dragon Quest 35th Anniversary Special livestream tonight, Yuji Horii and Square Enix announced Dragon Quest XII: The Flames of Fate for unannounced platforms. Only a logo was revealed for the game, but the logo is a lot darker and more mature than what we are used to from the whimsical series, with burning scars made in the earth. Someone also says in Japanese, rather ominously, “Why do humans live?” Additionally, Horii explained that Dragon Quest XII: The Flames of Fate is planned to receive a worldwide simultaneous release, and the command battle system is going to change. How exactly it will change has evidently not been finalized, but Horii said, “We have some prototypes.”

Check out the official trailer below and enjoy its surprising edginess! Then check out the shocking reveal of Dragon Quest III HD-2D Remake.

Dragon Quest XII: The Flames of Fate 35th anniversary livestream Square Enix Yuji Horii changed battle command system

Previously, Nintendo Switch received Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition back in 2019, and it lived up to its name by adding a variety of content that the initial PlayStation 4 release lacked, including the option to alternate between playing the game in 3D or 2D. That version of the game only recently made its way to other platforms. Here’s to hoping that Dragon Quest XII: The Flames of Fate makes its way to Switch as well, sooner or later.

John Friscia
Head Copy Editor for Enthusiast Gaming, Managing Editor at The Escapist. I'm a writer who loves Super Nintendo and Japanese role-playing games to an impractical degree. I really miss living in South Korea. And I'm developing the game Boss Saga!

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