For those of you who are eagerly awaiting to partake on the next major Dragon Quest adventure, it’s looking like you’ll be waiting at least until the 2nd half of 2018 before you’ll be able to get your hands on the game.
Square Enix recent press released has detailed their financial results for a nine-month period which concluded on December 31st, 2017. Unfortunately, it seems the company was hit with a net sales decline which has been stated to have mainly been due to an increased “competitive and oligopolistic” console game market, particularly in North America and Europe. NeiR: Automata, however, has seemed to be the saving grace for Square Enix as the title managed to turn a profit especially, as well help from Square’s various mobile releases and current MMOs.
This information proves to be quite important, as it seems Square Enix will be taking things slow till the start of their next fiscal year, as the company stated that they do not have any plans to release any other major titles until the start of the next fiscal term, ultimately pushing Dragon Quest XI to Q2 or later release window.
While it’s common sense to many that Dragon Quest XI wasn’t very likely to launch in the West during early 2018, anyway, this really doesn’t come as a shock at all; and at the very least we have a little bit of a better idea as to when the game may be launched. I personally have my sights set on sometime in August, but will see what Square Enix has up their sleeves as we progress through the next few months.