Good News: Square Enix has announced a US release date for Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age. It’s coming to PlayStation 4 and PC (Steam) September 4.
Bad News: The 3DS version will not be localized; the Switch version is still “a long ways to go” (source: IGN).
You can watch the first gameplay footage of the English version above.
Dragon Quest XI originally launched last summer in Japan. Like the Final Fantasy series, each Dragon Quest game is a stand-alone RPG featuring over 100 hours of content. It continues the hugely successful and beloved collaboration of series creator Yuji Horii, character designer Akira Toriyama and music composer Koichi Sugiyama. Dragon Quest XI won multiple awards after its release in Japan, including a perfect score from venerable gaming magazine Famitsu.
The Western release of Dragon Quest XI will feature a few added goodies. Aside from English voices, it includes the following features:
- Draconian Quest – a new hard move offering additional challenges.
- Overhauled Menus & UI – more intuitive design and graphical upgrades.
- Photo Mode
- Dash – Move around a bit faster, along with various other character and camera improvements.
Pre-orders are now available. Pre-ordering from the PlayStation Store will grant the Legend Reborn PlayStation Theme right away, as well as some in-game DLC items to get you started.
The last Dragon Quest game, Dragon Quest X, was an MMORPG that never released outside Japan. The last time a Dragon Quest game appeared in the US on home consoles was Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King on PlayStation 2 in 2005. Dragon Quest VII and Dragon Quest VIII were recently ported to Nintendo 3DS.
Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age will launch September 4 on PlayStation 4 and Steam PC. It has not yet been rated by the ESRB (previous entries have been E for Everyone and T for Teen).