'Dragon Quest 12' is "still" a while away from being released.

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Game designer Yuri Hori teased the possibility of "something we can announce" in the the future, but in a statement he revealed the highly anticipated title won't be released any time soon.

Taking to Twitter - with a post translated by Siliconera - he wrote: "Happy new year. There's a lot more that I couldn't say in the message below, but as for 'Dragon Quest XII' it is still a ways away.

"However, there might be something we can announce before that. Please continue supporting us this year, too."

In a lengthier statement, creator Hori opened up about the hard work his team have put into other areas of the franchise and thanked fans for supporting the game.

He added: "Last year we started with publishing the movie 'Dragon Quest: Your Story', then releasing the Switch version of 'Dragon Quest 11', the mobile version of 'DQ Walk', the announcement of 'The Adventure of Dai' anime along with its game adaptation, the production of '[DQ]12' and more; even now after 33 years have passed since I made the 1st game, I feel very glad that I can do new challenges like these.

"Thank you very much to all users who have cheered on 'Dragon Quest' until now, and also to all of the many staff members who have supported me.

"I don't know how long I can go on, but I feel like I want to do my best just a little bit more. I hope this year will be an amazing year to everyone. I'm looking forward to work together in this year."