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Dragon Quest creator again confirms a launch on Nintendo NX

Apparently simultaneous with PS4 and Nintendo DS

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Dragon Quest series creator Yuji Horii appears to have confirmed — again — that Dragon Quest 11 will launch on the Nintendo NX, according to a roundtable discussion published in a Japanese magazine.

Per Gematsu, Horii made the comments in a discussion with Junichi Masuda, the producer of the Pokémon series, and Masahiro Sakurai, the Super Smash Bros. director. Sakurai, according to a translation, asked, "The 11th installment in the series will be released simultaneously on Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation 4, and including NX it's coming out on three platforms, right?"

To this Horii replied, "That's right. The use of hardware is different for each system, so it's quite a challenge." He later added that "spoilers will emerge if we release one version earlier," indicating a simultaneous launch for all three platforms.

In July 2015, a Square Enix producer at a Dragon Quest event said the game was planned to launch on the NX, which Square Enix PR then walked back, saying he had strayed from the official statement. Nintendo has not even named its new platform (NX is a codename) much less shown what it looks like or described its functions. The console is expected to launch in March 2017. Dragon Quest 11 is due to launch in Japan sometime before the end of May that year.

This may be interesting but moot to Dragon Quest fans here, as Square Enix has not revealed what plans, if any, it has for a Western launch of the game. Dragon Quest 10 has not been localized for North America; it launched in 2012 on Wii and 2013 on Wii U.