JRPGs have been making bigger and bigger waves in the West over the last few years. With the return of Valkyria Chronicles and the release of the excellent Ni No Kuni 2, this year is poised to be one of the best for the genre. Now we can add Dragon Quest XI: Echose of an Elusive Age to the list. This morning, Square revealed the game will launch on PS4 and PC (a first for the franchise) September 4, 2018.
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. After its release in Japan, DRAGON QUEST XI won multiple gaming awards and received critical praise, including PlayStation’s Platinum Prize and a perfect 40/40 score from Famitsu (Japanese publication).
In addition to delivering over 100 hours of content, the Western release of DRAGON QUEST XI will also feature several upgrades and enhancements that were not included in the Japanese release, including:
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
Beginning today, adventurers who pre-order from the PlayStation®Store can treat themselves to the exclusive “The Legend Reborn” Theme as an instant reward, along with in-game DLC items when the game launches – check out the following link for more details.
While the developers have said they are still working on a version of the game for Nintendo Switch, they warned we shouldn’t expect it until “much later.” Specifically, we definitely shouldn’t expect it this year. That’s a bummer to be sure, but as long as we get it on the Switch at some point, I’ll be a happy camper.
Will you be picking up Dragon Quest XI this September?