Two years after the first reveal of the new instalment in the Dragon Quest franchise, Square Enix hosted this morning a special stream on Dragon Quest XI. As promised a few days ago, they’ve revealed the release date of the title, along with a lot of other infos to complete the screenshots and previous announcement on the battle system and characters. So buckle up, here’s a full overview:
First, the final release date has been revealed for Japan: July 29th, on Nintendo 3DS ($55/£43). As for the Switch version, here’s what Takashi Mochizuki from WSJ reports: “It is still planned but no announcements today. Whether it launches together on the same day as PS4 and 3DS or not we cannot say today“.
Early Purchase Bonus & Collector Edition
Square Enix announced that the first buyers of Dragon Quest XI will receive two special clothing items to use ingame: the Vest of Happiness (+XP points for each battle) and the Upstart Vest (+Gold for each battle). These two vests will probably be available through a special code given in the boxes.
Then, as usual with this kind of big game release, Square Enix is putting together a special “Hero Sword Box Double Pack” for Dragon Quest XI. It will cost ¥16,156 ($135) and here’s what it contains:
- Both 3DS and PS4 versions of Dragon Quest XI
- Book style collector cases for each version
- Large Hero Sword Box to contain everything
Infos and mechanics
A few other details have been announced as well during this stream:
- Approx. 50Hrs to finish the main story, extend to 100Hrs with side missions
- The Spell of Restoration is back (ie. password registering your progress and achievements)
- 3DS: Engaging combat with Circle Pad leads to 3D battle, with D-Pad leads to 2D battle
- 3DS: At some point, you’ll choose between the 3D or 2D version of the game (can switch back any time)
- Cloth sets and head only. No pants, gloves or shoes option
- You can beat monsters and use them or their remains (ex. shells) to access high grounds in the level
- PS4 digital version requires 40GB of free space, so Switch should be about the same
Square Enix shared three new trailers, all showing gameplay on the different platforms. There’s a video for the 3DS, one for 3DS/PS4 mixed together, and another one for the PS4 version. Nothing showed for the Switch version but we can assume it won’t be far from the PS4 one.