Koichi Sugiyama announces involvement in Dragon Quest XI

Today Square Enix announced Dragon Quest XI: In Search of the Departed Time is being developed for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo 3DS. Set to be released in time for the series’ 30th anniversary next year, the title will return to its single-player RPG roots following its MMORPG outing Dragon Quest X two years ago.


Koichi Sugiyama appeared at the livestream for the game’s announcement (pictured above). He confirmed that he will once again pen the music for the title, having been involved in every numbered entry in the series since its 1986 debut. Now 84 years old, the composer promises to give the title his all and promises to be involved in the series for as long as he lives.

Posted on July 29, 2015 by Chris Greening. Last modified on July 29, 2015.

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One Response to Koichi Sugiyama announces involvement in Dragon Quest XI

  1. Josh Barron says:

    Sugiyama is definitely like the John Williams of game music, in my opinion. Only because this man has such passion for what he does that he will be doing this until he passes. I look forward to what he writes for Dragon Quest XI although if Sugiyama did pass the baton I hope it would go to Hayato Matsuo.

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