Dragon Quest XI

Square Enix

Square Enix has recently announced that the Nintendo Switch version of Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age, called Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age - Definitive Edition, will make its way to the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC on 4 December 2020. This will be the first game from the Dragon Quest series that will be available on Xbox. The game will be available on Xbox Game Pass at launch.

Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age follows the perilous journey of a hunted Hero who must uncover the mystery of his fate with the aid of a charismatic cast of supporting characters. They embark on a quest taking them across continents and over vast oceans as they learn of an ominous threat facing the world.

This version includes the following upgrades and enhancements:

  • New character side stories – Get to know your fascinating cast of companions more than ever with individual side stories and adventures
  • Retro 2D mode - In addition to stunning 3D, you can also choose to play in 2D with retro inspired graphics of classic 16-bit RPGs
  • 16-bit World of Tickington – Journey to past Dragon Quest worlds full of additional side-quests reimagined in the retro style
  • Japanese audio – Choice to play the entire game with all-new Japanese voice-over or the original English
  • Fully Orchestrated Soundtrack – Ability to switch between the symphonic soundtrack or the original synthesized soundtrack as you travel the world of Erdrea
  • Photo mode - Immortalize your adventure with the perfect image. Rearrange characters, set different poses, change angles etc. are just some of the features available in Photo Mode

You can watch the Xbox announcement trailer with Yuji Horii, creator of the Dragon Quest series, below.

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Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age is now available worldwide for PlayStation 4 and Steam. It took more than one year to get an English translation of the game.

Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age follows the perilous journey of a hunted hero who must uncover the mystery of his fate with the aid of a charismatic cast of supporting characters. They embark on a quest taking them across continents and over vast oceans as they learn of an ominous threat facing the world.

The Western release delivers several upgrades and enhancements that are not in the Japanese versio, including:

  • English Voiceover
  • Draconian Quest, a hard mode that offers additional challenges for more experienced players.
  • Overhauled Menus & UI, 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

The game is still in development for the Nintendo Switch and was recently delayed due to the Unreal Engine that needs to be updated to support the Switch.

Square Enix

Today Gamescom 2018 has started for the press and tomorrow till Saturday it will be open for everyone that have a ticket (tickets for Wednesday and Thursday still available). Recently Square Enix has announced their line-up for this year.

Kingdom Hearts III
Attendees can share the magic of Kingdom Hearts III with two playable demos, a boss battle against the Rock Titan from Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Hercules and uncovering the Toy Box world from Toy Story alongside Woody and Buzz. Visitors can also take part in prime picture opportunities including a giant Keyblade and becoming a real life toy in a replica of Andy’s room from the Disney•Pixar classic Toy Story.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider
The themes of Shadow of the Tomb Raider have their influence on the appearance of the Square Enix booth as well: the area is set up in the style of an imposing Mayan pyramid with numerous game stations. Visitors can get an even more intense feel for Lara Croft’s biggest adventure yet with a demo version of the action adventure.

Dragon Quest XI
At the Square Enix booth, RPG fans can also experience the all-new adventure in the timeless Dragon Quest series, Dragon Quest XI with an extensive playable demo which showcases the many content improvements and brand-new voiceover ahead of the game’s release.

Life is Strange 2
Life is Strange 2 is coming to Gamescom 2018 as a world premiere. Not only will the development team share all the details about the highly anticipated sequel to the award-winning and critically acclaimed Life is Strange – it will be playable for the first time at the Square Enix booth on the Gamescom show-floor.

Just Cause 4
This year, fans will also be treated to an exclusive presentation of Just Cause 4 at the Square Enix booth. Just Cause 4 takes the series’ incredible destruction and unique physics to a whole new level with the introduction of fully simulated tornadoes and other Extreme Weather events. Rico Rodriguez returns in Just Cause 4 with his trademark parachute, wingsuit and, of course his grapple hook, now enhanced with new functionality and fully customizable. Making it the most powerful and creative tool the player has ever had.

Final Fantasy XIV
Critically-acclaimed MMORPG Final Fantasy XIV Online returns to Gamescom once more, with intense challenges and great prizes in tow. A special promotion for show attendees offers anyone registering at the booth a free copy of the Final Fantasy XIV Online Starter Edition, while an exclusive programme of stage shows with the makers of the game including Producer and Director Naoki Yoshida and Sound Director Masayoshi Soken will be taking place throughout the week, all culminating in a big cosplay competition on Saturday 25th August. Finally, on Friday 24th August and Saturday 25th August the Final Fantasy XIV Eorzean Symphony will have its European premiere at the Konzerthaus Dortmund. More information on this event can be found https://de.finalfantasyxiv.com.

Gamescom

Square Enix

Dragon Quest XI is already available in Japan since July 2017 and untill today the release date for the west was unknown. News has arrived today that Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age will be coming to the west on 4 September 2018 for PlayStation 4 and Steam.

Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age follows the perilous journey of a hunted Hero who must uncover the mystery of his fate with the aid of a charismatic cast of supporting characters. They embark on a quest taking them across continents and over vast oceans as they learn of an ominous threat facing the world.

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 Voiceover
  • Draconian Quest, a hard mode that offers additional challenges for more experienced players.
  • Overhauled Menus & UI, 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

Dragon Quest XI, the traditional text-only UI (Japanese version) Dragon Quest XI, UI redesign

Fans who pre-order the game in the PlayStation Store receive the exclusive "The Legend Reborn" theme and in-game DLC items (Vest for Success, Seed of Skill x15, and Über Agate of Evolution x3).

Dragon Quest XI theme

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During Square Enix's new Dragon Quest title presentation that was streamed live on YouTube they've announced the next mainline entry in the Dragon Quest series. Dragon Quest XI is currently in development and will be released on PlayStation 4 and Nintendo 3DS. Producer of both versions will be Saito Yosuke. The soundtrack will be written by Koichi Sugiyama.

The PlayStation 4 version is being developed with the Unreal Engine 4 and they said that they will use the console at it's full potential [Footage PlayStation 4 version]. The Nintendo 3DS version will be developed by the same core members and will feature full 3D on the top screen and the classic retro look at the bottom screen [Footage Nintendo 3DS version].

Dragon Quest XI logo

They are aiming to release both versions sometime next year with the 30th anniversary of the series. At the end of the presentation they said that a version for the Nintendo NX is also in consideration.

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