As revealed by 4Gamer, HexaDrive announced on Twitter that it is working alongside Square Enix on Dragon Quest XII. HexaDrive is an Osaka-based studio of 125 employees that two former Capcom employees founded in 2007. This is to say that the game may have a different structure to that typical of the series, with more action-oriented gameplay. On the other hand, Yuji Horii had anticipated a possible change of direction.
The same studio has confirmed the presence of HexaDrive within the team that will develop Dragon Quest XII. Among its members, we have Matsushita Masakazu, CEO of the team and former developer of Power Stone 2 on Dreamcast, Devil May Cry 3 on PS2, and Lost Planet on PS3 and Xbox 360. In addition, we have director Saitou Yasuyuki, a programmer of Sengoku Basara, Devil May Cry, and, in particular, of the ultra-realistic mecha game Steel Battalion. Released for Xbox in 2002, Steel Battalionis famous for its unique controller that mimics a cockpit with dozens of buttons and levers.
HexaDrive has worked with Square Enix and was the developer of The 3rd Birthday on PSP. In addition, he also participated in the development of Final Fantasy XV. HexaDrive is hiring game designers, programmers, and artists for Dragon Quest XII: The Flames of Fate. This means that game development still has a long way to go.
In any case, all of this suggests that Dragon Quest XII: The Flames of Fate could be geared towards a more action-RPG horizon. When the game was announced, series creator Yuji Horii specified that the traditional combat system would change.