Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age will launch for PlayStation 4 and PC via Steam on September 4 in North America and Europe, Square Enix announced.
The Square Enix Store will also sell an exclusive edition of the PlayStation 4 version of the game, the details of which will be announced at a later date.
Users who pre-order Dragon Quest XI on the PlayStation Store will receive a “The Legend Reborn” PlayStation 4 theme as an instant reward, as well as in-game downloadable content when the game launches.
In a statement to IGN, Square Enix said that it will not be localizing the 3DS version, but that the Switch version will be released in the west further down the line.
“We are also developing the Switch version for Europe and North America,” reads Square Enix’s statement, “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.”
While Square Enix did not announce a release date for the Switch version, it did confirm that it will not release in 2018, and could end up launching “much later.”
Speaking to GameSpot, Square Enix added that, “development [on the Switch version] is expected to take a long time from a technological standpoint.”
Here is an overview of Dragon Quest XI, via Square Enix:
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:
- English voice-overs
- Draconian Quest, a hard mode that offers additional challenges for more experienced players.
- Overhauled menus and user interface, 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
Watch the opening sequence and first English gameplay below. View a set of screenshots at the gallery.