Press release


Remake of Square Enix’s influential RPG offers new and returning DRAGON QUEST fans the perfect series entry point with visually enhanced HD-2D graphics, classic battle system, and new content

LONDON, UK (June 18, 2024) Today, SQUARE ENIX® announced DRAGON QUEST III HD-2D Remake, a modernized version of the classic RPG, will launch on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation®5, Xbox Series X|S, PC via Steam and Microsoft Store on Windows on November 14, 2024. DRAGON QUEST I & II HD-2D Remake, the narrative continuation of DRAGON QUEST III HD-2D Remake, is set to be released in 2025.
Pre-orders for DRAGON QUEST III HD-2D Remake are now available for PlayStation®5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC via Steam and Microsoft Store on Windows.

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DRAGON QUEST III HD-2D Remake is a stunning reimagining of the beloved masterpiece and narrative beginning to The Erdrick Trilogy – the first three games of the mainline DRAGON QUEST series. Featuring vibrant HD-2D graphics, new and modernized features, and a refined narrative, players are invited to set out on an epic fantasy adventure to save the world from a dark evil.
Highlights include:

  • A fully modernized remake of the original: Stunning HD-2D visuals fuse pixel art with 3D graphics, bringing players into the world of DRAGON QUEST III like never before, along with an improved and modernized UI, and other quality of life improvements.
  • Traditional DRAGON QUEST style battles: A refined take on the classic turn-based battle system, featuring new animations, additional improvements such as an adjustable battle speed, an auto-battle setting, and more.
  • Immersive world: Deep exploration of a vast world map with an abundance of rich and captivating locations to discover, challenging players to overcome many unexpected encounters during the journey.
  • Experience a timeless musical score: An immersive, authentic, and diverse musical composition that captures the timeless essence and magic of the DRAGON QUEST universe.
Years ago, the great hero Ortega bid farewell to his wife and child as he set off on a quest to defeat the villainous Archfiend, Baramos. Ortega failed his quest, and Baramos still threatens the world. Now, on their sixteenth birthday, Ortega’s only child is summoned by the king of Aliahan and entrusted with a mission of the highest import: to take on Ortega’s quest, vanquish Baramos, and save the world. Accompanied by a band of travelling companions chosen in the beginning of the game, players are immersed in a vast HD-2D world full of towns, dungeons, and caves, meet fascinating characters, and fight ferocious monsters in enhanced turn-based battles.
Rebuilt for modern audiences, DRAGON QUEST III HD-2D Remake gives existing fans the chance to re-experience a beloved RPG experience and its expanded offerings like never before, while also being a perfect starting point for newcomers to discover one of the most influential RPG franchises in gaming history.
Pre-orders* for the standard physical or digital edition of DRAGON QUEST III HD-2D Remake will include a free Trouble-Free Travel Kit in the game**. The Trouble-Free Travel Kit contains the following items:
  • Elevating Shoes x1
  • Seed of Strength x3
  • Seed of Defence x3
  • Seed of Agility x3
  • Seed of Life x3
  • Seed of Magic x3
Finally, the DRAGON QUEST III HD-2D Remake Collector’s Edition* is also revealed and available to pre-order for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation®5, and Xbox Series X. It contains the following items:
  • DRAGON QUEST III HD-2D Remake Standard Edition physical game
  • Collectible game storage box for both DRAGON QUEST III HD-2D Remake and DRAGON QUEST I & II HD-2D Remake
  • DRAGON QUEST III character, monster and logo acrylic blocks complete set
    • Including 20 vocations, 2 boss monsters, and logo
  • The Adventurer Accessory Kit (DRAGON QUEST III HD-2D Remake in-game items)
    • Ring of Strength x1
    • Dragon Scale x1
    • Words of Wisdom x1
    • Cat Suit x1
  • Exclusive digital wallpapers x2
  • The Trouble-Free Travel Kit (as detailed)
DRAGON QUEST I & II HD-2D Remake will continue the classic RPG trilogy’s narrative, offering players two adventures to undertake in DRAGON QUEST I and DRAGON QUEST II. Planned for release in 2025.
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Notes to Editors:
* Further details are available on the official DRAGON QUEST III HD-2D Remake website.
**All these items can also be obtained by playing through the game. Players can reclaim their bonus items by opening a treasure chest in Patty's Party Planning Place.
*** Development footage shown
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DRAGON QUEST is a legendary series of role-playing games created by Yuji Horii and beloved by millions both in Japan and around the world. The first DRAGON QUEST was released in 1986, and the game made its US debut in 1989 as DRAGON WARRIOR. The critically acclaimed series has shipped more than 88 million units worldwide, spanning 11 main series titles, many spin-off games, as well as films, anime, novels, manga, merchandise and more. Celebrating its 38th anniversary this year, the wildly popular DRAGON QUEST franchise holds various Guinness World Records including “Longest-Running Japanese RPG Series.”
The visionaries behind the series, Creator and Game Designer Yuji Horii, Character Designer Akira Toriyama (creator of Dragon Ball) and composer Koichi Sugiyama, have long enchanted newcomers and long-time fans alike, with each new entry in the franchise comprising charming visuals, enthralling storylines, and captivating music. The latest instalment, DRAGON QUEST XI S: Echoes of An Elusive Age, was released to much critical acclaim, winning the Metacritic Must-Play game award and becoming Metacritic’s “#2 Best Switch Game of 2019” and “#3 Best PS4 Game of 2020.” It has shipped over 6.5 million units globally to date.
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