Dragon Quest XI Likely To See North American Release, X Not Coming Westward

Earlier this year, Square Enix announced that they’ll be bringing the beloved Dragon Quest franchise to the big screen once more. While no specific console was mentioned during their initial statement, Nintendo’s Wii U seems a likely contender considering the series’ history with the company. After all, Dragon Quest X (a well received MMORPG) has been taking the Wii by storm in Japan, and the last game to release in North America, Sentinels of the Starry Skies, was an NDS exclusive.

We recently spoke with Yu Miyake, executive producer and longtime chiseler of JRPG goodness, where it was revealed that much to the developers disappointment, DQX wouldn’t be making its way westward on account of management difficulties between regions. However, more than a spark of hope was offered when Dragon Quest XI came into question.

“We’re pretty sure that Dragon Quest XI will see some sort of western release,” said Miyake, whose words were followed by only a mild retraction. “Yes, we’re hoping XI will be available in the western regions.” This is great news for Dragon Quest fans, who’ve no doubt developed a hankering for another bout of the series’ token heroics. According to Yuji Horii, series creator and wearer of fashionable glasses, the target release date is sometime in 2016 — just in time for Dragon Quest’s 30th anniversary.

In the meantime, dedicated North American gamers can still play Dragon Quest X with a few workarounds.