Dragon Quest XI has finally received a release date for the PS4 and PC later this year, with a Nintendo Switch version to launch much later.
Dragon Quest is finally ready to bring a mainline title to consoles since the PS2 age after being announced for the West in July. Yes we know X released on a host of platforms, but that’s an MMO and technically doesn’t count.
Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age tells a captivating tale of a hunted hero and is the long-awaited role-playing game from series creator Yuji Horii, character designer Akira Toriyama, and series composer Koichi Sugiyama. As the eleventh mainline entry in the critically acclaimed series, Dragon Quest XI is a completely standalone experience that features entirely new characters, a beautifully detailed world, finely tuned turn-based combat, and an immersive story that will appeal to longtime fans and franchise newcomers alike.
Dragon Quest XI released in Japan last year and won several awards and received critical praise from fans and critics alike. Including a perfect 40/40 score from Famitsu.
In addition to the over 100 hours of content, the Western release of the game will feature several upgrades and enhancements that were not included in the Japanese release, including:
- English Voiceover
- Draconian Quest, a hard mode that offers additional challenges for more experienced players.
- Overhauled Menus & UI, with graphical enhancements and more intuitive navigation.
- Camera Mode, allowing players to take in views of the beautiful landscape, character renders and ferocious monsters in detail.
- A New Dash Function and many other system enhancements such as improved character and camera movement
For PS4 players, if you pre-order from the PlayStation Store you can look forward to an exclusive “The Legend Reborn” Theme as a bonus, along with in-game DLC items when the game launches. Which will be on both the PS4 and PC Via Steam on September 4th.
For Nintendo platforms, the waters are a bit murkier. The3DS version of the game, which was an entire remake of the Japanese PS4 version, played on both screens in pixel and 3D art simultaneously, will not be released in the West at all. As for the Switch version, Square-Enix made this statement to IGN;
We are also developing the Switch version for Europe and North America, but development is expected to take a long time from a technological standpoint as well, so we still have a long way to go until its release.
They even told IGN at DQ event that the Switch version would definitely not be released in 2018, and could end up being released much later. What that means remains to be seen, but it’s looking like it won’t be in early 2019 either.
You can view two new trailers below, a CG trailer and the first English trailer.