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Is Dragon Quest III HD-2D Remake Releasing in 2022?

We translated the New Year's 2022 message from Dragon Quest creator Yuji Horii

January 7, 2022

Dragon Quest III HD-2D Remake is currently one of the most awaited JRPG releases from Square Enix, and many fans would like to know if it has a release date yet and if it’s coming in 2022.

Dragon Quest III HD-2D Remake is a Square Enix project that uses the same graphics style as Octopath Traveler. In fact, Square Enix already confirmed that the Octopath Traveler team under Tomoya Asano is one of the teams developing this remake.

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Did Yuji Horii confirm a Dragon Quest III HD-2D Remake 2022 release date?

Dragon Quest creator Yuji Horii shared a development update on Dragon Quest III HD-2D Remake in his 2022 new year’s message but did not say the game is launching this year. We translated the message from Yuji Horii below.

Yuji Horii 2022 New Year’s message shares development update on Dragon Quest III HD-2D Remake

“Dragon Quest will celebrate its 36th anniversary in 2022. Dragon Quest Keshikeshi was just launched last December, and it’s quite popular. I’m really into it myself as I love puzzle games. I drew the Slimes in that game too. In 2022 Dragon Quest X Offline will also be released. This is a remake of Dragon Quest X Online. So I hope even those who are uncomfortable with MMORPGs will be able to enjoy it. We are also still working on Dragon Quest III HD-2D Remake, Dragon Quest XII, and other projects. I also hope I’ll be able to go scuba diving and play more airsoft this year. I hope you all have a good one”.

Note that Dragon Quest III HD-2D Remake has no announced platforms yet. Hence why we have listed it for any possible platform.

Ocotpath Traveler producer Tomoya Asano teased several games he’s working on will be released in 2022 beside Triangle Strategy. However, he specified that it’s unannounced games. So Dragon Quest III HD-2D Remake was not what he had in mind.

Dragon Quest III HD-2D Remake was announced alongside Dragon Quest XII The Flames of Fate at the 35th-anniversary event on May 27, 2021. We also translated Yuji Horii’s comments back then.

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