Dragon Quest XI Coming Late July in Japan, Switch Version "Planned", But Missing

Dragon Quest XI Coming Late July in Japan, Switch Version "Planned", But Missing

The latest Dragon Quest is coming to PlayStation 4 and 3DS, but the promised Switch is nowhere to be found.

This morning, Square Enix announced that Dragon Quest XI: Sugisarishi Toki o Motomete (In Search of Departed Time) will be coming to PlayStation 4 and Nintendo 3DS on July 29 in Japan. The PlayStation 4 and 3DS versions will cost 8,980 yen and 5,980 yen respectively, with a special double pack of both versions costing 14,960 yen.

If you're wondering where the planned Switch version is, Square Enix was quiet on that front in its presentation. A Square Enix spokesperson told the Wall Street Journal's Takahashi Mochizuki that it's still out there, but the company couldn't say anything about a release.

"Support is planned, but there is nothing to announce today. We cannot say today whether the release date is the same as or different than the PlayStation 4 and 3DS versions," Mochizuki quoted a spokesperson as saying in his tweet (translation via Gematsu).

That answer is rather inconclusive, with some wondering if that means the Switch version still requires more work or if we can expect to see a Switch announcement at another event, like a Nintendo Direct, E3, or Tokyo Game Show. Given the disparity between how the PS4 and 3DS versions look, it'll be interesting to see if DQXI Switch is a port of the PS4 version, a remix of the 3DS one, or its own distinct version.

The PlayStation 4 version has a single presentation, in full 3D, while the 3DS version is split between 3D and 2D modes, allowing combat and navigation to play out in either mode. Square Enix has released two trailers for the game, one with PS4 footage and the other showing the 3DS version's dual look. Players can explore the world, ride monsters, race on horseback, and play slot mini-games. According to Square Enix, the game's story is 50 hours long, with up to 100 hours of play via sidequests. With the "Spell of Restoration" item, players are allowed to copy progress between both version, though things like your name won't copy over.

Given the localization times of previous Dragon Quest games, it's likely we won't see Dragon Quest XI in the West until July of 2018 at the earliest. Maybe we'll get lucky.

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