Dragon Quest XI Release Anticipated Between May 2016 & May 2017

posted on 2016-01-13 02:15 EST

Dragon Quest series creator Yuji Horii revealed during Square Enix's Dragon Quest 30th Anniversary Project Presentation on Wednesday that he is aiming to release the Dragon Quest XI: Sugisarishi Toki wo Motomete (Dragon Quest XI: In Search of Departed Time) role-playing game within the series' 30th anniversary, which is between May 27, 2016 and May 27, 2017.

Square Enix will release the game on the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo 3DS systems. Square Enix has also expressed a desire to release the game for Nintendo's upcoming "NX" platform, but has not confirmed that yet.

Unlike the previous game in the series, Dragon Quest X, Dragon Quest XI will return to being a single-player, offline title.

While the story of both the PS4 and Nintendo 3DS versions will be the same, the graphics and aesthetic of both versions will differ from each other.

Square Enix is developing the PlayStation 4 version of the game with Orca (Dragon Quest X). The game will use Unreal Engine 4, and will feature 3D environments and a third-person camera. The game will have context-specific animation for the protagonist in different situations, such as climbing a ladder, or balancing on a tightrope.

Takeshi Uchikawa is directing the game project. Akira Toriyama is again designing the game's characters. Long-time series composer Koichi Sugiyama is composing the game's music. Yōsuke Saitō is credited as producer.

The official Dragon Quest website hosted the unlinked thumbnail images of Dragon Quest XI's full title and logo on the eve of its announcement.

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