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Dragon Quest XI: In Search of Departed Time Announced for PS4, 3DS--Possibly Nintendo NX


Jonathan Higgins

Earlier this morning, Square-Enix held a Dragon Quest-focused event announcing a ton of new Dragon Quest content, as well as elaborating on a few previously announced titles. The star of the show was definitely Dragon Quest XI: In Search of Departed Time--a game confirmed for PlayStation 4, Nintendo 3DS...and possibly the Nintendo NX, alongside Dragon Quest X.

 

Before elaborating on Dragon Quest XI, it“s important to note that Square-Enix has said Dragon Quest X and XI are “being considered” for the NX. Still, this marks the first set of games publicly mentioned as (possibly) coming to the platform, so a bunch of eyes are on these games. Without further ado:

 

Dragon Quest XI“s producer is Saito Yosuke. Known Dragon Quest composer Koichi Sugiyama is returning for this game, and spoke during the event about how series creator Yuji Horii asked him to capture the same spirit as the very first Dragon Quest game in his work. Between this game and Dragon Quest Builders, it seems the 30th Anniversary of Dragon Quest will show how far the series has come by developing games with visible ties to the first ever Dragon Quest.

 

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Onto what makes each version of the game unique. The screens you see above are from the PlayStation 4 version of the game, which is being made using Unreal Engine 4. The environments are something Square-Enix are putting a lot of time into. Monsters will appear in the world before battles start, similar to Dragon Quest IX. Players have been given full range of motion for the first time in the series, allowing them to potentially explore high or hard to reach areas, too. They showed off the game“s protagonist, a look at an Inn (featuring pots to break and drawers to rummage through), and much more. Orca are helping Square-Enix with the PlayStation 4 version of the game.

 

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Take a look at the Nintendo 3DS version! This one“s being developed with the help of Toylogic, a team known for their involvement with Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Kid Icarus: Uprising in the past. It“s still got the same team of people at Square-Enix behind it, and it“ll have the same story as its console counterpart. But as you can see--instead of a large focus on graphics, this game takes a bit of a different approach when it comes to visuals.

 

The top screen features a modern Dragon Quest aesthetic, while the bottom has players indulging what the game would look like if it were made 20 years ago for the Super Famicom/NES. I“m such a huge fan of this visual style!

 

The question is--which versions of the game will be localized? Will we miss out on the Nintendo 3DS version? Are we going to get the PlayStation 4 version for sure, since Dragon Quest Heroes is mere months away from a western release? Will X and XI be localized for the very first time on the Nintendo NX when it releases...sometime? There are many questions we don“t yet know the answers to, but I“ll offer more information as it comes. Dragon Quest XI is aiming for a 2016 release in Japan, to coincide with the 30th Anniversary. If you're interested in watching the entire presentation (in Japanese), I've embedded it below.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Kgmb_k3q5U

 

Are you excited for Dragon Quest XI? Be sure to let us know!

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