Dragon Quest III HD-2D Remake confirms non-gender protagonist and more details

Publisher Square Enix and developer Artdink have shared a bunch of new details and screenshots for Dragon Quest III HD-2D Remake, confirming its non-gendered protagonist and more for the long-awaited remake.

Here’s a rundown on all the new details:

36 years after its initial release in 1988, the legend is set to return in HD-2D. DRAGON QUEST III HD-2D Remake is scheduled to arrive Thursday, November 14, 2024 as a simultaneous worldwide release, and will be available to purchase for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, Steam, and Microsoft Store on Windows. This updated version of the classic game features new scenes that add greater depth to the world, as well as voiced cutscenes and an orchestral soundtrack.

The Story and Its Hero

The quaint kingdom of Aliahan, home of the great hero Ortega and you, his child and the story’s protagonist. On your sixteenth birthday, you receive an order from the king: to do what your late father could not and defeat the Archfiend Baramos.
Thus begins your journey to save the world. What surprises does fate have in store for you?

The Protagonist (You)

You are the child of Ortega, Aliahan’s celebrated hero. On the morning of your sixteenth birthday, you set out on the same fateful path as your father once did to defeat the Archfiend Baramos.

Appearance A – Voiced by Toby Laurence

Appearance B – Voiced by Jenna Sharpe

A World of Adventure

On your journey, you and your allies will explore all corners of a vast world. What mysteries await in the towns, castles, caves and towers they will discover? Perhaps the locals can provide a clue or two on how to solve some of the world’s problems.

Meadows, forests, deserts, tundra and rocky escarpments dot the landscape.

As you explore the world, day turns to evening and then nighttime.

The residents of towns and castles can provide hints to help you on your journey.

Caves, towers, and other dungeons may conceal treasure chests containing important items required to progress the story.

With a ship in your possession, the seas and waterways open up new avenues of adventure.

Monsters in town!? What is the world coming to!

The World Map

Spells and Abilities Pave the Way to Victory 

When exploring the world and its dungeons, monsters are never far away. Tense, turn-based battles proceed in classic Dragon Quest fashion, with you dishing out the orders to your party members. Attack with your trusty weapons, or employ a multitude of spells and abilities, each with their own unique effects, to take down foes in style. Defeating monsters rewards you with experience points which level up your party, and gold coins which allow you to purchase more powerful equipment.

Whether you’re traversing the overworld or exploring a dungeon, monsters will attack without warning. In this game, you can adjust the speed of battle to your liking.

Command your party in turn-based battles with no time limit to choose your next move.

Break out your strongest spells and abilities, and enjoy each fight to the fullest.

Powerful enemies lurk in the deepest recesses of many a dungeon. Teamwork will be key to taking them down.

HD-2D Remake of DRAGON QUEST I & II Coming Soon!

As if the excitement wasn’t enough already, an HD-2D remake of DRAGON QUEST I & II is scheduled for release in 2025.

The original games released in number order, surprising players as the truth of the story was revealed. Fans can anticipate discovering brand-new surprises if they play DRAGON QUEST III HD-2D Remake and DRAGON QUEST Ⅰ&Ⅱ HD-2D Remake in that order. There’s much to look forward to!

The long awaited Dragon Quest III HD-2D Remake is launching on November 14th across Windows PC (via Steam and the Microsoft Store), Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch, and PlayStation 5.

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