Koichi Sugiyama passed from septic shock on September 30th. He was the sole composer for the Dragon Quest series since its debut.
The studio previously helped with development on Dragon Quest 12: Echoes of an Elusive Age and Bandai Namco's Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown.
Square Enix's Yosuke Matsuda says some parts are consistent with series' traditional image but "new elements are also necessary."
Series creator Yuji Horii says it's a big game and will take some time to complete. However, the story is finished and ready to be implemented.
The next mainline Dragon Quest title will see changes to the battle system. No release date or platforms have been confirmed yet.