Independent video game developer HexaDrive has revealed that it is co-developing Dragon Quest XII: The Flames of Fate with Square Enix. The companies previously worked together on Final Fantasy XV and Final Fantasy Type-0 HD. Additionally, HexaDrive announced on Twitter that it is recruiting developers to help work on Dragon Quest XII.
HexaDrive was founded in 2007 by former Capcom programmer Masakazu Matsushita. The company’s debut title was the remaster of the original Rez, Rez HD, for the Xbox 360. The studio is known for making remasters but has also co-developed numerous original titles with other developers. Notable remaster work on Nintendo consoles includes Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D for Nintendo 3DS and The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD for the Wii U. Recent non-remaster work includes Super Bomberman R for Konami and Ninjala for GungHo Entertainment.
HexaDrive first worked with Square Enix as a co-developer for the third Parasite Eve game, The 3rd Birthday. Hajime Tabata, who directed The 3rd Birthday, brought back HexaDrive to help work on his other projects, Final Fantasy XV and Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, both of which he also directed. While we’ve known that the story of Dragon Quest XII is finished, we still haven’t seen any of it. In any case, we now know that its development is in good hands with HexaDrive’s expertise in visuals.
Square Enix has yet to announce the platforms for Dragon Quest XII. The game is being built on Unreal Engine 5 (UE5). Square Enix CEO Yosuke Matsuda mentioned that the game is being made with the next 10 to 20 years of Dragon Quest in mind.