Yuji Horii has revealed on Twitter that Dragon Quest XII is in the works but that it will not release in the near future.
The veteran developer made the announcement while speaking about his achievements in 2019 and the challenges facing him in the new decade. In the tweet, he confirms that other projects may come out first and that Dragon Quest XII still “seems a bit ahead.”
— 堀井雄二 (@YujiHorii) January 1, 2020
The last installment in the series came last year. Dragon Quest XI S launched on Nintendo Switch on September 27, 2019 with extra content and additional characters.