Square Enix has confirmed that it’s developing two versions of Dragon Quest XI for PS4 and 3DS.
When it comes to Japanese RPGs there are few names bigger than Dragon Quest. Originating on the Famicom in 1986, the game has become a cultural icon in its homeland with new releases often being treated like full-fledged public events. While less prominent outside of its native Japan, you’ll find few JRPG fans who fail to recognize it as a pillar of the subgenre. That being the case, you can perhaps understand the excitement of some over Square Enix’s announcement of a new sequel for the beloved franchise.
The new game, dubbed Dragon Quest XI: In Search of the Departed Time, was revealed by Square Enix in a presentation. The game, unlike its MMO predecessor Dragon Quest X, will return to the series’ roots and be a stand-alone single player title. The publisher has confirmed that it will be released on PS4 and 3DS, and also suggested that a version for Nintendo’s still mysterious NX is being considered as well. The PS4 version will be developed in-house by Square Enix using Unreal Engine 4 and will include dynamic environments and new exploration abilities such as jumping.
The 3DS edition, though developed by largely the same team and following the same story, will use a mixture of 3D chibi graphics and SNES-style visuals in place of the PS4 game’s Unreal powered environments. A demo of the 3DS game was shown off at the company’s presentation showcasing turn-based battles with enemies appearing on the world map as opposed to random encounters. Interestingly enough, the video in question also seemed to showcase two different battle sequences with one looking more modern and another looking more stripped down and retro-flavored. Square Enix neglected to reveal a launch date for Dragon Quest XI and has likewise provided no comment as to whether it will be receiving an international release. Suffice it to say we’ll be keeping our fingers crossed.
Source: Game Informer