Dragon Quest series creator Yuji Horii has said that Dragon Quest XI will not be coming to iOS and Android as it's designed for consoles instead.

He said this during an interview with French fan site Final Fantasy Ring at Japan Expo in Paris over the weekend.

It was a response to being asked what he thinks of publishers bringing retro games to smartphone such as Dragon Quest I to VI.

"I do not think that the success of smartphone games should be a reason to make games only on smartphone," Horii said.

"I really think that games must be designed for different platforms. Dragon Quest XI will, for example, be a game designed for home console because it will be designed to handle the controls.

"We have other games typically designed for smartphones: Dragon Quest Monsters Parade, which is controlled with the fingertips on the touch screen.

"We really need to think about the most appropriate hardware before designing the play. Our mobile remakes are more fan service than anything else."

Horii also revealed that Dragon Quest XI will be an offline game unlike Dragon Quest X, which was an MMORPG. He didn't reveal what consoles it would be coming to.

Perhaps there's hope for 3DS but it seems doubtful considering that "home console" isn't usually synonymous with handheld console.

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