Jump Festa was a treat for Dragon Quest fans this year as Square Enix not only showcased gameplay from the PlayStation 4 versions of both, Dragon Quest X and Dragon Quest XI: In Search of Departed Time, but it also revealed details about the latter including its release window.
First things first, Dragon Quest XI will be releasing in Japan in 2017 for the PS4 and 3DS. A Nintendo Switch version is also in development. As expected, a Western release hasn’t been announced for the single-player RPG but here’s hoping it’ll eventually happen. In the meantime, here’s some footage alongside details released thus far:
PS4 and 3DS Gameplay
Character details courtesy of Gematsu:
A young man who lives in the calm village of Ishi. He was brought up soundly by the people of the warm village. The curtain opens on his adventure on the day he turns 16.
A reliable partner. He is a blue-haired thief that the protagonist encounters on his journey. Although there is a rude side to his behavior and speech, he possesses a strong sense of duty and a warm heart. As a partner used to the ways of the world, he supports and guides the novice protagonist.
World and game details from Jump Festa livestream courtesy of Siliconera:
- The world is called “Rotozetasia.” The name “Roto” is actually the Japanese name for “Erdrick” the recurring legendary hero from the series, so that should be taken as a bit of a hint as to what’s to come.
- There will be some amusing recurring themes from past games, such as the casinos. And yes, there will be Puff Puff. This time around since it’ll be on PlayStation 4 and other consoles, there will be features that live up to their capabilities.
- The Nintendo 3DS version will have a StreetPass function that will be different from what we had before in treasure maps, but it’ll “make you want to go outside.” As for the PlayStation 4 version, since it can’t have StreetPass, they’re preparing something else for it.
Elsewhere, Square Enix released some footage from the PS4 version of Dragon Quest X. First released in 2012, the MMORPG is still in development for the console and will also land on Nintendo Switch. There’s no word on a Western release but here’s some gameplay from the PS4 version, which runs at 1080p/60 frames-per-second.
Square Enix has said that the PS4 version will come with improved lighting, facial textures, atmosphere, and sound quality alongside increased background depth.
A release date for Dragon Quest X‘s upcoming versions has yet to be announced.