Square Enix has been focusing a lot on smartphone development lately, and quite a few Dragon Quest ended up on smart devices. Thankfully according to the series’ creator Yuji Horii, this won’t be the case with the next chapter of the series.
In an interview on the V Jump website (reading it requires a password published on the magazine) Horii-san mentioned that smartphone games are currently mainstream because they can be played when you have a bit of spare time, but he wants to develop something bigger. That’s why he wants to be “more aggressive” with the next Dragon Quest and he doesn’t intend to make it for smartphones.
Horii-san himself let it slip a few weeks ago that said next Dragon Quest game is already in development, even if we don’t have any information on whether it’ll be called Dragon Quest XI or about it’s platforms. Now at least we know that it won’t be on smartphones. Thank goodness.