‘I can’t tell you much.’
It’s been sort of sad to see how all major game development in Japan has winded down, shifting away from consoles and handhelds to mobiles and tablets over the last few years. The company that has been most representative of this trend has been Square Enix, that has tried, with very little success, to get its feet wet in the smartphone gaming scene.
That little success might be exactly why it is switching back to consoles so enthusiastically recently- after Final Fantasy Type 0 HD, Final Fantasy XV, Dragon Quest Heroes, and Kingdom Hearts 3, it appears Square Enix has more in the pipeline for the Xbox One and/or PlayStation 4- and they will be letting us know exactly what later this year.
Speaking to Japanese publication Nikkei, the CEO of Square Enix Yosuke Matsuda had this to say.
“At the moment, we have major titles such as Dragon Quest Heroes and Final Fantasy Type-0 HD. In 2015, I believe we will offer a vast number of high-end games in both the domestic market and overseas. Now that we’ve already announced Final Fantasy XV, we will also reveal information on [another] JRPG. I believe we have a bit of a surprise in store for this year.”
“I can’t say much for now, but it’s a JRPG for consoles,” he added. “Also, our western studios have the latest Tomb Raider title with Rise of the Tomb Raider, Just Cause 3, and many other titles that I believe we can have high expectations of. For now, we’re preparing all kinds of things for E3.”
So that means that it is definitively a Japan developed RPG for the home consoles. As to what this might be…
Could Dragon Quest XI possibly be returning to consoles?
[Thanks for the translation, Siliconera]