Square Enix is going all out for Dragon Quest’s 30th Anniversary

So many games coming in 2016

2016 marks the 30th anniversary of Dragon Quest in Japan, and Square Enix is going all out for the celebration. During a live press event this morning, series creator Yuji Horii and producer Ryutaro Ichimura detailed the many different ways the company would be honoring the storied franchise.

The celebration will kick off with the release of Dragon Quest Builders for the PS4, PS3, Vita and not the PlayStation TV on January 28. In March, the company will release Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 3 for the 3DS, followed by Dragon Quest Heroes 2 in May for the PS4, PS3, Vita and, we can only assume, not the PlayStation TV.

Unfortunately, the event ended without a release date for Dragon Quest XI. There wasn’t even a new trailer or screenshots for the highly anticipated 3DS and PS4 game. There was, however, a release date announced for the Monster Quest Battle Scanner that was announced last year. So they got that going for them.

Outside of video games, Dragon Quest devotees in Japan will be able to enjoy concerts, fan events and even a museum, or as we call them in America: places to take tacky selfies that we think make us look sophisticated. Square Enix also announced some sort of partnership with Universal Studios Japan.

None of these games have been announced for release outside of Japan, and given the series’ post-Wii/DS drought on western shores, I won’t be holding my breath. At least we have the 3DS releases of Dragon Quest VII and Dragon Quest VIII to look forward to.

CJ Andriessen
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