Dragon Quest III is one of the most seminal JRPGs in the genre’s history, and is still one of the most popular entries in the series among Japanese audiences. So it’s incredibly exciting that, during the recent 35th anniversary livestream, an HD-2D remake of Dragon Quest III was unveiled, coming to us courtesy of the developers behind Octopath Traveler.
Check out the announcement trailer below, along with a statement from Masaaki Hayasaki, the game’s producer.
Up to now, I’ve worked on various games such as Octopath Traveler and Various Daylife.
The HD-2D style we’re using combines pixel art with 3D effects to produce a sense of depth and atmosphere like nothing else.
Our hope is that by recreating Dragon Quest III in this HD-2D style, everyone will have the change to experience the game through fresh eyes, from adults who played the original back when it was first released, to little kids picking it up for the first time.
We’re aiming for a simultaneous worldwide release on home consoles. The release date hasn’t been decided yet, but when it is, you’ll be the first to know!
I can’t begin to tell you how over the moon I am about this announcement. When Octopath Traveler was revealed, myself and several of my RPGFan colleagues found ourselves imagining what remakes of Square Enix’s older titles would look like rendered in its lush art style. Hopefully, this is the start of a beautiful trend.
The HD-2D remake of Dragon Quest III currently doesn’t have a set release date or specific platforms (it’s coming to “consoles”), but the developers are planning on a simultaneous worldwide release. We’ll keep you posted as we learn more, so as always, stay tuned to RPGFan!