Dragon Quest III HD-2D Remake revealed for worldwide release, visuals inspired by Octopath Traveler

The classic third entry gets a complete remake.

Dragon Quest III HD-2D Remake

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Square Enix’s Dragon Quest 35th anniversary livestream announced some surprising yet welcome news. There’s a Dragon Quest III HD-2D Remake in the works, and it looks absolutely stunning. The game is a complete remake of the original Dragon Quest III, done in a similar vein to both Octopath Traveler and the upcoming Project Triangle Strategy.

Dragon Quest III HD-2D Remake will also be getting a simultaneous worldwide release, though no release date or platforms have been revealed yet. Dragon Quest creator Yuji Horii hinted at possible remakes of I and II, done in a similar style, though there’s no official confirmation.

You can view the Dragon Quest III HD-2D Remake gameplay trailer below. Graphics in the environment blend 2D sprite art and 3D backgrounds, and even combat manages to incorporate that same blend of visuals to mimic the original version of the game better. Hopefully, Horii was telling the truth, and we’ll be seeing the first and second titles in the franchise remade this way as well.

The livestream also officially revealed the next main entry in the Dragon Quest series, Dragon Quest XII, set to be “darker” in tone and meant more for adults. It was also revealed that character choice plays a major role in Dragon Quest XII, and that the iconic command-based combat system will see some significant changes.