Dragon Quest XI PS4, 3DS Game Videos Reveal July Release
posted on by Jennifer Sherman
Square Enix began streaming three promotional videos on Monday for Dragon Quest XI: Sugisarishi Toki o Motomete (Dragon Quest XI: In Search of Departed Time), the Dragon Quest franchise's latest main game. The videos reveal that the game will ship for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo 3DS on July 29.
Packaged and download versions of the game for PlayStation 4 will cost 8,980 yen (about US$81), and the Nintendo 3DS versions will cost 5,980 (US$54). A special box set will also offer the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo 3DS games together for 14,960 yen (US$136). The set will feature special boxes and only be available through the Square Enix e-Store and Lawson HMV. The first copies of the game will include the "Vest of Happiness" and "Upstart Vest" in-game items.
Wall Street Journal reporter Takashi Mochizuki said on his Twitter account that after a presentation for the game on Tuesday he asked a public relations representative about the planned Nintendo Switch version of the game. Mochizuki reported that the representative said, "Support is planned, but there is no announcement today. As for today, [there is also no announcement] concerning whether the release date will be the same or different from the PS4 and 3DS versions."
Nintendo said on its official website in December that the game is still slated for release on the new Nintendo Switch platform. However, the game's official website and promotional videos currently list the game only for the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo 3DS.
The game's protagonist is a young hero raised in the tranquil town of Ishi in the game's world of "Lotozetacia." On the day he turned 16 (when one becomes an adult at Ishi), he embarks on an adventure. The protagonist's friend is Kamyu, a blue-haired thief whom the protagonist encountered on his journey.
Square Enix confirmed that the game's story will take about 50 hours to complete and more than 100 hours with the side elements. Players will be able to use the “Spell of Restoration." The new game will feature the recurring casino mini-game, and the recurring "puff-puff" ability.
Square Enix had originally planned to release the game within the Dragon Quest series' 30th anniversary, before May 27, 2017. Square Enix said in 2015 that there are no "concrete plan" yet to release the game in the West.
The "Dragon Quest XI JF2017 Special Stage" event at Jump Festa in December debuted the game's opening video, as well as a comparison video of the game's PS4 and Nintendo 3DS versions.